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1KentonSem
Edited: Apr 5, 2013, 2:11pm Top

Marvel comics recently published a 3-issue run of their 'Haunt of Horror' series featuring Lovecraft stories adapted by comics great Richard Corben. Issue #1 features "Dagon", #2 "The Music of Eric Zann", and #3 "Arthur Jermyn". Generally, I liked the black-and-white artwork much more than the story adaptations, but these are still worth seeking out. You can probably find them in your local comic book store.

While you're at it, also pick up Joe Hill's excellent 6-issue IDW Locke and Key series, Joe Lansdale's 4-issue updating of Robert E. Howard's classic story "Pigeons From Hell", from Dark Horse Comics, and horror comics master Berni Wrightson's "Dead, She Said", a cool horror-noir also from IDW.

As my cat Debbie would say, "Good stuff!"

Can anyone recommend any decent Lovecraft comics? I know that there are a lot of titles out there that simply capitalize on the HPL name while featuring sex and gore horror, but I'm talking about the real deal... How about some worthwhile general horror comics that are currently being published?

2AaronWTimm
Sep 5, 2008, 9:45am Top

There are always the Dark Tower Comics (not horror) that I am very impressed with. The Stand is also coming out in comic book form, and Dean Koontz's Frankenstein.

3KentonSem
Sep 5, 2008, 9:53am Top

Hello, Mister.E! Hmmm... as much as I like Stephen King, I've never been able to get into the Dark Tower series, but looking at some of the online art for "The Long Road Home" just now makes me wonder if this might not be the way to go about it. My local comics store is having a midnight release party for the new books with alternate covers soon.

I shy away from the name Dean Koontz, but I am attracted by all things Frankenstein. Is it worth a look?

Someone should adapt Hodgson's "The House on the Borderland" in comics form!

4AaronWTimm
Sep 5, 2008, 11:45am Top

The Dark Tower comics are definetly worth it. The art is amazing, and even without the original Dark Tower story they can be enjoyed. I also like the Frankenstein comics. They are not much like the regular Dean Koontz books.
I agree on Hodgson's. If I were a "Comic Creator" I would want to start adapting different horror books by people like Richard Laymon (although they may be too grotesque), Richard Masterton, Clive Barker. I would love to see comtemporary horror comics like this!

5inkdrinker
Sep 5, 2008, 11:56am Top

"Someone should adapt Hodgson's "The House on the Borderland" in comics form!"

It's been done. DC's Vertigo line did it years ago.

6KentonSem
Sep 5, 2008, 12:12pm Top

Interesting, inkdrinker! Was "The House on the Borderland" the actual title used by Vertigo? Do you know how many issues it ran?

7KentonSem
Sep 5, 2008, 12:19pm Top

Mister.E, I do know that publisher Cemetery Dance has an EC-styled comic book called "Grave Tales" that features contemporary stories by the likes of Richard Laymon, Joe Hill, William F. Nolan, and others. I've never actually seen one, but here's a link to their website. Nifty covers...

http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/C/PROD/_gt005

8arthurfrayn
Edited: Sep 5, 2008, 1:30pm Top

Hi
The House On the Borderland is currently available as a hardcover:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1563895455/ref=nosim/librarythin08-20

Richard Corben did the art for it as well. Great job.

9AaronWTimm
Sep 5, 2008, 12:32pm Top

Now I have more comics to buy! Another good place to find horror comics, and news is

http://www.comicmonsters.com/

10KentonSem
Edited: Sep 5, 2008, 12:37pm Top

Thanks, arthurfrayn! And it's drawn by Corben, no less! I'll be certainly picking it up!

As for comicmonsters.com - just what I needed!

11KentonSem
Edited: Nov 7, 2008, 9:40am Top

Arthur, Vertigo's version of The House on the Borderland was very well done. I enjoyed Corben's artwork more than the story adaptation, although I must admit that I did like the updated version of the wraparound story. It's a nice addition to my Hodgson collection.

I'm now hooked on Marvel's The Dark Tower series. I picked up both The Gunslinger Born and The Long Road Home and am collecting "Treachery" as it comes out. Great storytelling, great artwork. I'm also reading "The Stand: Captain Trips". Thanks for the recommendations, Mister.E!

I also want to mention that Harris Publishing has released Vampirella: Crimson Chronicles Maximum, which collects the Archie Goodwin / Jose Gonzalez Vampi stories from the early 70's era Warren magazine. Goodwin does a great job (better than I remembered), but I've gotta say that the artwork by Gonzalez is simply incredible! Unfortunately, the book has a terrible cover by a contemporary artist who subscribes to the "boob job and hard body" school of drawing women. It fails miserably, especially when compared to the vintage Vampi back cover by Sanjulian. Still worth picking up, though.

Now, I'm also very interested in finding the best source for a color collection of the "2000 A.D." comics from the 80's that featured Judge Dredd and Nemesis the Warlock. Is there something that's still in print? How many volumes, what's the title - and where can I find them? Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

12arthurfrayn
Edited: Nov 7, 2008, 10:36am Top

"Arthur, Vertigo's version of The House on the Borderland was very well done. I enjoyed Corben's artwork more than the story adaptation,..."

I agree; it's really all about the art. But Corben really creates a suitably evocative atmosphere in the adaptation.

13arthurfrayn
Edited: Nov 7, 2008, 10:37am Top

double post

14KentonSem
Edited: Mar 5, 2009, 2:33pm Top

Anyone reading Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead series? Really well executed, and pretty much in keeping with George Romero's vision of the zombie apocalypse. Besides great art (black and white), and compelling story lines, this is one of those tales where no one is safe. And I mean NO ONE.

Also just got the first issue of Joe Hill's 'Locke & Key: Head Games'. Nice!

15KentonSem
Apr 21, 2009, 11:23am Top

I just finished reading volume one of Robert Kirkman's "The Astounding Wolf Man". WOW! It starts off as a kind of generic supernatural superhero series, but by the end it become a delicious train wreck of epic proportions. I can't recommend this series enough. The artwork is rather cartoonish - it actually reminded me of the work that the Pander Bros. did for "Grendel" way back when - but I started to dig it after a few pages. Very different from "The Walking Dead" in style. This one's a keeper.

16DeusExLibrus
Oct 11, 2011, 8:18pm Top

14> Kenton, I haven't read the comics, yet, but saw the first season of the TV adaptation and WOW! I knew it was going to be good when the main character plugged a little girl zombie in the head in the first five minutes before the credits even rolled. The whole thing had me really invested in the characters, not to mention making me actually cry because of a TV show/movie for the first time in forever.

17KentonSem
Oct 12, 2011, 9:17am Top

>16 DeusExLibrus:

The comics have always been character-driven, using the Romero blueprint but taking it off into new directions. I was glad that the TV series carried on with this, making it much more effective than your average zombie apocalypse. I had some quibbles with it ultimately, but I look forward to the next season.

18jseger9000
Oct 12, 2011, 9:35am Top

#14/15 - I've just started picking up The Walking Dead. Have not read it yet.

The Pander Brothers had an odd mini-series out in the '90's called Exquisite Corpse. I never picked it up, but now I wish I had. It was a three issue series designed to be read in any order.

By the way, there was an excellent series originally published by Adventure Comics (in color) and later reprinted and expanded by Calibre (in black and white) called The Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft.

Adapted by Steve Jones with excellent artwork by a guy named Octavio Cariello, each issue adapted a single Lovecraft work. They ran through The Lurking Fear, Beyond the Wall of Sleep, The Alchemist, The Tomb, The Picture in the House, The Music of Erich Zann and Dagon. I think there might have been more, but that is what I currently have.

19KentonSem
Oct 12, 2011, 12:32pm Top

>18 jseger9000:

I enjoyed the Pander Bros' 1980's stint on GRENDEL.

The new SWAMP THING reboot from DC by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette seems promising. Issue #2 just came out.

On the Halloween schedule for this year is Vol. 2 of the Dark Horse reprinting of the original Warren Vampirella series. Jose Gonzalez finally gets to take over Vampi about three-quarters of the way through this volume. No one could draw her like JG!

I've also been enjoying Joe Hill's THE CAPE and Locke & Key from IDW. Also from IDW I've been following the comic book adventures of my favorite actor, Godzilla, in GODZILLA: KINGDOM OF MONSTERS and GODZILLA: GANGSTERS AND GOLIATHS.

Eric Powell's amazing series THE GOON makes an occasional Lovecraftian reference.

I gave up on AMERICAN VAMPIRE and THE DARK TOWER (but I'm still digging THE STAND).

So, a lot of good horror comics out there, although I'm not seeing a lot of classic "weird" adaptations or influences.

20paradoxosalpha
Oct 12, 2011, 1:07pm Top

Well, to leave horror for the more general weird, the production of Barsoomian comics is currently in overdrive.

Marvel just started the run of their John Carter: A Princess of Mars movie tie-in comic. I can't say that I'm very fond of it: like the movie trailers, there seems to be altogether too much clothing, and the rough-line "cartoony" style doesn't suit the subject-matter in my opinion.

Since last year Dynamite Comics has begun not one, not two, but three Barsoom comics, none of which have yet stopped. In addition to the straightforward Burroughs-adaptation-with-supplements of Warlord of Mars title (which actually starts with the plot of Princess), there's a Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris title which has original stories, and Warlord of Mars: The Fall of Barsoom chronicling an ancient history of black, white, and yellow Martians, in addition to the familiar reds and greens. There are a number of art teams involved in these projects, and I've liked the Dejah book best for both story and illustration.

21jseger9000
Oct 12, 2011, 3:06pm Top

I've checked out some of those Dynamite Barsoom comics (though got a little overwhelemed by the different titles). I also saw they did a reboot of Buck Rogers. They look like fun and I liked the artwork, but have not read any of the series.

I'm afraid all Barsoom comics will have too much clothing. Unless maybe some European does an adaptation. Corben could do it, but it would probably feel repetitive for him.

Speaking of general weird in comics, did anybody besides me read Shade the Changing Man put out by DC/Vertigo in the '90's? I guess it is probably more plain *weird* than 'wierd fiction', but I really enjoyed that series.

22KentonSem
Oct 12, 2011, 3:07pm Top

I eat my words - IDW is publishing H.P. LOVECRAFT'S THE DUNWICH HORROR! Written by none other than Joe R. Lansdale

http://www.idwpublishing.com/news/article/1875/

Should be out this week or next, I believe.

23jseger9000
Oct 12, 2011, 7:45pm Top

#22 - That reminds me, Joe Lansdale and Tim Truman collaborated on a Lovecraft inspired Jonah Hex miniseries called Riders of the Worm and Such. Those Lansdale/Truman Hex miniseries were excellent.

24paradoxosalpha
Oct 19, 2011, 9:23pm Top

I was at my local comic shop for the Wednesday sacrament today, and I noticed that the trade paperback collecting all of Alan Moore's Neonomicon (including The Courtyard) is now out. I strongly recommend it, with the caution that it is not for the faint of heart. It has something to squick nearly anyone.

26KentonSem
Oct 24, 2011, 9:58am Top

I picked up IDW's DUNWICH HORROR comic. The Joe Lansdale story is a contemporary updating of the original "Dunwich". It definitely shows promise and has a couple of memorably shocking panels. I wish it took up the whole issue, but it's shared with Robert Weinberg's telling of HPL's "The Hound". It's alright, but the flowery cursive font they chose to use is extremely hard to read. The last third of this issue is taken up by advertising filler, which is annoying. It might be best to just wait until the Lansdale tale is eventually released in one volume.

IDW is also releasing a Lovecraft collection called THE LOVECRAFT LIBRARY, VOLUME 1: HORROR OUT OF ARKHAM.

http://www.idwpublishing.com/news/article/1875/

27artturnerjr
Jan 26, 2012, 10:43am Top

Did a search on "H.P. Lovecraft" on my local public library's website and found a graphic novel which I'd never heard of called Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom; Googled it and found a surprising positive review of same on the Chicago Tribune website (of all places). I'll have to sneak a peek at it the next time I'm in library land.

Here's the link to the Trib review:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-01-24/news/1001210582_1_graphic-novel-br...

28KentonSem
Edited: Jan 26, 2012, 4:19pm Top

>27 artturnerjr:

Never heard of it, Art, but it does sound interesting. Assuming you're going to go check it out from da libarry, let us know what you think.

I just read the final (fourth) issue of the Lansdale's DUNWICH HORROR series and found it to be... pretty good! Much better than his update of/sequel to PIGEONS FROM HELL. If this one comes out in book form, I recommend it.

29lucien
Jan 27, 2012, 6:36pm Top

>25 KentonSem:

I missed this thread previously. Those spoofs are delightful.

31KentonSem
Jan 30, 2012, 11:49am Top

>30 artturnerjr:

Good review, Art. The line "dogmatic Cthulhu Mythos enthusiasts will probably suffer a brain aneurysm due to all the "incorrect" Mythos references" tells me all I need to know. I'm not that dogmatic, but my brain thanks ye!

:)

32artturnerjr
Jan 30, 2012, 1:15pm Top

>31 KentonSem:

Thanks, Kenton. The author(s) obviously did some research into Lovecraft's life and artificial mythology (for example, the story starts off with HPL's dad institutionalized, which as we know happened in real life), but I got the impression that once they started to get into the nuts 'n' bolts of the Mythos pantheon, creatures, etc., they were like, "Screw it - this is just too complicated. Just make sure we spell the names right and nobody'll realize we don't know what we're talking about." :D

33KentonSem
Edited: Mar 25, 2012, 6:22pm Top

Wasn't expecting this, but I just grabbed issue #1 (0f 4) of RAGEMOOR by the classic creative team-up of Jan Strnad and Richard Corben. I haven't read it yet, but the book does seem to have a very heavy weird vibe. Black and white, too.



ETA - I dig it. Very nicely done comic - Corben's art looks super in black and white. Can't wait to see where it goes.

34artturnerjr
Mar 25, 2012, 5:32pm Top

Took my daughter with for my first visit to our local comics shop in about 6-7 months (see http://www.librarything.com/topic/134778) and was really struck by all the REH- and HPL-related stuff they had; realized that I sometimes fail to appreciate the enormous impact those two writers (not to mention all the other Weird Tales/Lovecraft Circle folks) had on comics/gamer/geek/whatever culture. Now if only that influence would permiate into Hollywood a bit more, perhaps we could get some more decent Howardian/Lovecraftian films.

35KentonSem
Edited: Mar 25, 2012, 6:26pm Top

>34 artturnerjr:

That's great, Art. My 2-year-old daughter loves to visit ”Captain America's house”, as she refers to it. She doesn't collect any titles yet, but she loves to look! There is indeed a TON of Lovecraftian goodness to be found. I just saw a hardcover comic adaptation of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, done in a cartoonish, rather TINTIN-like style. I think it was from Dark Horse.

ETA

Here's a Comics Journal article on AtMoM. Not sure I agree with everything they say about HPL, but it's a good overview of the adaptation:

http://classic.tcj.com/international/at-the-mountains-of-madness-with-h-p-lovecr...

36artturnerjr
Mar 25, 2012, 6:32pm Top

>35 KentonSem:

Yeah, it was pretty cool, Kenton. She is into Pokémon the way I am into Lovecraftian stuff, so naturally she found an abdundance (perhaps an overabundance) of delightful things to look at there. :)

37paradoxosalpha
Apr 5, 2012, 12:33pm Top

I recently read and reviewed the first volume collecting the Locke & Key comic book, which is called Welcome to Lovecraft. I noticed that another reviewer quite correctly warned readers not to expect Cthulhu or his minions from the use of the name "Lovecraft" in the title. The comic simply takes place in "Lovecraft, Massachusetts." But it is a really fine horror comic.

38KentonSem
Apr 5, 2012, 12:50pm Top

>37 paradoxosalpha:

Absolutely. Locke & Keye is not only an incredibly good horror comic, but it's one of the best comic books in general being published today. Too bad it's winding down to its finale!

39paradoxosalpha
Apr 5, 2012, 1:00pm Top

> 38

Well, I'm all for literature that has a place to go and stops when it gets there. It's a big world of reading, and I'm not one of those who will insist that there must be more of whatever I've enjoyed recently. I can even savor the piquancy of an empty bowl.

One of the ongoing/historic tragedies of the comics medium with its corporate ownership of character "properties" is that if something is done well, someone's almost bound to come along and screw it up later -- even if it involves raising the dead. Independent comics have helped to fix that situation, but it persists in the big houses.

40KentonSem
Apr 5, 2012, 1:05pm Top

>39 paradoxosalpha:

But I'll still miss everyone!

*sniff*

41paradoxosalpha
Apr 5, 2012, 1:09pm Top

> 40

Well, I can imagine that with the strongly-drawn characters in Locke & Key.

Now, Cerebus had strongly-drawn characters, but after 300 issues of accelerating authorial self-indulgence, I'm sure there were plenty of readers saying "Thank God that's over!"

42KentonSem
Edited: Apr 6, 2012, 7:20pm Top

Just ran across this in a Bud Plant email. The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath in comic book form:

http://budsartbooks.com/prod.cfm/pc/DQUKHS/cid/1

Looks rather Phil Foglio-like.

43artturnerjr
Apr 6, 2012, 7:47pm Top

>37 paradoxosalpha:-41

I've actually never got around to any of Joe Hill's writing, in comics or otherwise. I take it it compares favorable to his dad's?

>39 paradoxosalpha:

One of the ongoing/historic tragedies of the comics medium with its corporate ownership of character "properties" is that if something is done well, someone's almost bound to come along and screw it up later

Case in point:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_Watchmen

44artturnerjr
Apr 8, 2012, 11:57pm Top

I see one of the Locke & Key collections has been nominated for a Hugo:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/04/07/the-hugo-award-nominees-2012/

45paradoxosalpha
Apr 26, 2012, 9:02am Top

I just read and reviewed Supergod by Warren Ellis (not to be confused with Grant Morrison's Supergods). I don't want to *SPOILER* it, and it's not a major plot-point, but it does have one of the most surprising introductions of Cthulhu into a non-Lovecraftian narrative I have yet encountered!

46KentonSem
Apr 26, 2012, 9:22am Top

>45 paradoxosalpha:

Sounds interesting. My wife just read and really enjoyed the first volume of Transmetropolitan. She's curious about Ellis, so now I have another title to recommend.

47artturnerjr
Apr 26, 2012, 9:40am Top

>45 paradoxosalpha:

Sounds like it's very much up my alley. I'll keep an eye out. 8)

48paradoxosalpha
Apr 26, 2012, 3:23pm Top

> 46

Besides Transmet (which is great all the way through), Ellis's Planetary books are an impressive reinvention of a "secret history" of the 20th century. As someone not entirely thrilled by the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen books, I think Ellis really did for the 20th century what Moore's League originally did for the 19th: showing how its popular fantastic literature could be played in a superhero format -- with villains and heroes changing roles often as not.

Doktor Sleepless has some of the feel of Transmet, but darker and less far-flung, with an extra helping of supernatural horror.

I also really liked Ellis's anecdotal history of comics Do Anything: Jack Kirby Ripped My Flesh.

49KentonSem
Apr 27, 2012, 3:24pm Top

I was excited to find that the new Berni Wrightson Frankenstein Alive, Alive! series is due out next week. Check this link for some preview pages:

http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/idw-previews-frankenstein...

50artturnerjr
Apr 28, 2012, 10:01am Top

>49 KentonSem:

Woo-hoo! 8)

Actually, that John Byrne comic looks kinda cool, too. However personally idiotic the man may be, I still admire a lot of his work.

51KentonSem
May 22, 2012, 12:54pm Top

>49 KentonSem:

The new Frankenstein book is a winner. Wrightson's artwork is absolutely amazing. The story by Niles needs to be developed more, but holds promise. I'm hoping that there will be some kind of signed hardcover volume eventually. Highly recommended.

I was surprised to hear that upcoming DEEP ONES discussion-target China Mieville has a new DC series coming out this month: DIAL H, a new take on an obscure 1960's series. I'm on board for this one:

http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2012/01/18/china-mieville-talks-dial-h-and-his-supe...

And it looks like TWO new Godzilla series are upcoming in May and August. GODZILLA ONGOING and GODZILLA: HALF CENTURY WAR, respectively. Here is a spread from the latter:



http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/03/31/james-stokoe-godzilla-idw/

52artturnerjr
May 22, 2012, 3:26pm Top

>51 KentonSem:

The new Frankenstein book is a winner. Wrightson's artwork is absolutely amazing. The story by Niles needs to be developed more, but holds promise. I'm hoping that there will be some kind of signed hardcover volume eventually. Highly recommended.

Sounds cool. I will probably wait for the collected edition, but will definitely be checking this out at some point.

I was surprised to hear that upcoming DEEP ONES discussion-target China Mieville has a new DC series coming out this month: DIAL H, a new take on an obscure 1960's series.

Hey, if Michael Chabon (Michael Chabon Presents. . .The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist) and Jonathan Lethem (Omega: The Unknown TPB) can have their own comics series/miniseries, why not Mieville? :)

Here is a spread from the latter

Godzilla's speech balloon is one of trippiest-looking I've ever seen.

53paradoxosalpha
Jul 6, 2012, 7:34pm Top

I've just recently read and reviewed the new Alan Moore League installment ("Century: 2009"). The antichrist that the previous numbers were anticipating turns out to be a cross between Wilbur Whateley's brother and Harry Potter. No lie.

54artturnerjr
Jul 6, 2012, 7:54pm Top

In other League of Extraordinary Gentlemen-related news, Gosh! London has just annouced the following:

NEMO – HEART OF ICE: February 2013

The next League book hoves into view: it’s Jules Verne meets H.P. Lovecraft in a 48-page one-shot set in Antarctica, in the 1920s.


Info about this and other upcoming Alan Moore-related shtuff can be read here: http://www.goshlondon.com/2012/07/more-moore/

55paradoxosalpha
Jul 6, 2012, 8:01pm Top

I knew it. There was a page or two of stuff about Nemo in 2009 that could only have been to create continuity for a forthcoming issue.

56KentonSem
Jul 7, 2012, 1:41pm Top

I just picked up Vol. 1 of Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and it is fantastic. The story is high-octane, over the top monster fun with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek. I highly recommend it. The art is by Alberto Ponticelli, one of my very favorites working today. He did amazing work on Vertigo's THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER and IDW's Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths, too.

57KentonSem
Edited: Oct 24, 2012, 12:02pm Top

Couldn't resist ordering myself a little Halloween present:



ETA

Nice! Beautifully designed hardcover with dozens of Corben's stories from Creepy and Eerie. All are lovingly reproduced. Color & black and white. HIGHLY recommended!

58KentonSem
Edited: Oct 15, 2012, 9:59am Top

MINI-MEMORIAL

I was saddened to find out that Nick Yutko, the owner of my favorite comics shop, Dreamscape Comics, passed away unexpectedly last week at only 51:

http://tinyurl.com/9pge9sg

I've been getting my comics fix from Dreamscape since the 1980's. The store was a kind of nirvana for comics geeks - not much in the way of order, but piles of comics, toys, models, magazines, books, movies and assorted paraphernalia everywhere. You could find some kind of treasure in every corner or the place. I hope it somehow manages to remain open. Stores like these should be protected as national landmarks!

Here is a special edition of IDW's GODZILLA with the big G himself destroying Dreamscape:



R.I.P., Nick.

59KentonSem
Oct 15, 2012, 12:43pm Top

Slightly OT, but potentially of interest:

http://www.stephenking.com/promo/little_green_god_of_agony/

60KentonSem
Edited: Nov 25, 2012, 10:36am Top

Just out: Edgar Allan Poe's The Conqueror Worm by Richard Corben.

61paradoxosalpha
Nov 25, 2012, 5:27pm Top

> 60

I picked it up Wednesday!

62paradoxosalpha
Jan 15, 2013, 12:06am Top

On the subject of Corben, I just read and reviewed the recent graphic novel with Corben art: Starr the Slayer: A Starr is Born. I could hardly decide whether to note it here or in the "Conan!" thread.

63paradoxosalpha
Mar 7, 2013, 12:00pm Top

I recently read and reviewed Nemo: Heart of Ice, Alan Moore's latest.

64artturnerjr
Apr 3, 2013, 9:42pm Top

What? Alan Moore announced last fall(!) that he's writing a 10-issue(!!) follow-up to Neonomicon and I'm finding out about it just now?!?

http://youtu.be/DFuqI4j-9h4

If Jacen Burrows is back on board for this one, I will be very pleased indeed. 8)

65artturnerjr
Apr 16, 2013, 12:18pm Top

The first part of our fellow LTer Pádraig Ó Méalóid's (http://www.librarything.com/profile/slovobooks) latest interview with Alan Moore, in which they discuss Moore's upcoming Neonomicon sequel (mentioned in #64), along with many other topics:

http://comicsbeat.com/interview-with-alan-moore-part-1/

66KentonSem
Apr 16, 2013, 12:54pm Top

>65 artturnerjr:

That's a nice long interview. I'm intrigued. I've put Moore's Necronomicon on my wishlist. Will also keep an eye out for Providence.

67paradoxosalpha
Edited: Apr 16, 2013, 1:14pm Top

I liked Neonomicon a lot, but some of my friends found it offensive. I'll certainly look forward to Providence.

It's puzzling that the interviewer expressed incredulity regarding the Harry Potter interpretation of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 that Moore seemed to validate moments later.

In other comics reading, I recently enjoyed the individual issues of The Hammer by Kelley Jones, latterly collected as One Big Lie and The Outsider, which are demented and hilarious weird horror.

68artturnerjr
Apr 16, 2013, 5:02pm Top

>66 KentonSem: & 67

Neonomicon was one of my top 5 reads of last year; I thought it was some of the most brilliant and provocative writing that I had seen from Moore in years, which is saying something. Jacen Burrows' artwork is great as well.

>67 paradoxosalpha:

I liked Neonomicon a lot, but some of my friends found it offensive.

I'm pretty sure Moore knew NEONOMICON was gonna ruffle a few feathers when it came out; it's as deliberately horrifying as he and Burrows could make it, which is horrifying indeed. Laura Sneddon over at comicbookGRRRL was one of the few reviewers that understood what the book's creators were up to, imho; I highly recommend her review:

http://www.comicbookgrrrl.com/2011/12/13/comic-review-neonomicon-by-alan-moore-a...

It's puzzling that the interviewer expressed incredulity regarding the Harry Potter interpretation of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 that Moore seemed to validate moments later.

I confess I have yet to read the Century volume of LoEG yet; I've been waiting for a collected edition of the books to appear, but as my sources inform me that one doesn't appear to be forthcoming any time soon (in the States, anyway), I think I'm gonna have to break down and purchase the individual issues.

In other comics reading, I recently enjoyed the individual issues of The Hammer by Kelley Jones, latterly collected as One Big Lie and The Outsider, which are demented and hilarious weird horror.

I've never been able to decide whether I like Jones' work or not; it always seem to me like it was more or less a straight Bernie Wrightson rip-off. Then again, if you're gonna steal, steal from the best, as the saying goes. :)

69paradoxosalpha
Edited: Apr 16, 2013, 6:35pm Top

I also enjoyed Jones's work on Conan: Book of Thoth.

70artturnerjr
Apr 16, 2013, 6:45pm Top

>69 paradoxosalpha:

Haven't seen that one, although I imagine he would do a pretty cool Conan.

71paradoxosalpha
Edited: Apr 16, 2013, 7:25pm Top

> 70

It's not really about Conan, who is just in the title for branding purposes. It's about Thoth-Amon's original rise to power, so it's all groovy Stygian sorcery.

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