Sunday, April 25, 2010

Necronomicon [Cthulhu Comics]

I very much enjoyed Boom! Studios' Necronomicon. Written by William Messner-Loebs and drawn by Andrew Richie, the trade paperback is set in Arkham in the 1920s. A young Arab student, attending Miskatonic University, is drawn into a semi-secret society of theosophists and asked to translate the Necronomicon into English. Terrible things begin to happen (as they are wont to do in such circumstances . . .) and the translator eventually finds himself confronted with horrors from beyond. The artwork, period setting, and little bits of continuity with Lovecraft's stories help give the book an "authentic" tone. The collection also includes a short parody of the Mythos titled "Arkham: SVU." I didn't find it hilarious, but it still had some ghastly moments.

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