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Graphic Classics Volume 4: H. P. Lovecraft - 2nd Edition (Graphic Classics (Eureka)) Paperback – February 20, 2007
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I'm happy to say that Graphic Classics finally has it right! Rather than making wholesale changes, the stories stick to the source material and many of the tales in the book end up actually being illustrated stories as opposed to traditional sequential artwork. You can't explain Lovecraft to someone who doesn't get it, so why try. Graphic Classics almost stubbornly clings to the spirit and tone of the original stories and delivers the best comic adaptation yet of Lovecraft's work.
This is the recently released second edition of this title and it features seven stories including: The Shadow over Innsmouth, Dreams in the Witch House, Sweet Ermengarde, Herbert West: Reanimator, The Cats of Ulthar, The Terrible Old Man, and the Shadow out of Time. It's an eclectic collection to say the least. The Shadow over Innsmouth and Dreams in the Witch House are Lovecraft classics while Herbert West: Reanimator is probably Lovecraft's most macabre work.
The Shadow over Innsmouth relate the terrible story of a young man who visits the seaside New England town of Innsmouth, a dying, dilapidated town that reeks of fish. There he learns the terrible history of the town and of the strange, "Innsmouth look" of its inhabitants. He further finds out his own lineage is connected to Innsmouth.Read more ›
However, Graphics Classics, with these illustrated adaptations, seems to have scooped up generous portions of the Lovecraft feeling, enough to make "Graphic Classics: H. P. Lovecraft" one of the few gems. All of the illustrators involved have their own flair, and most work surprisingly well with the source material. This is the updated second edition, and contains over 75 pages of new material. They definitely kept the best stories, cut out some of the ones that didn't work so well, and have created a must-have for Lovecraft fans.
A Memory - An illustrated poem, sliced from A Fungi from Yuggoth. A beautiful introduction to what you are about to experience.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth - One of Lovecraft's greatest yarns, a tale of buried and cursed genealogy. It is artfully adapted by Simon Crane, who captures just right that "Innsmouth look".
Dreams in the Witch-House - Old Keziah Mason and Brown Jenkin won't let something like death and a couple of centuries stop them from completing the geometric rites demanded by Nyarlathotep. Artist Rich Rainey adds just the right claustrophobic fear to this tense tale.
Sweet Ermengarde - This one I had never actually heard of before! A comedy of eight acts depicting the faithlessness of a woman's heart. No tentacles or monsters, and almost more Mark Twain than Lovecraft, but a fun read. Adapted by Rob Lott and Kevin Atkinson, who pump on the comedy on this rare gem.Read more ›
~The Shadow over Innsmouth~ This is my favorite comic adaptation of the story yet. Simon Gane's art astounds me and thrills that part of my brain in that way brilliant art does. I felt the choice of the adaptation to focus as much on the latter half well served the original's intention. The star of the Second Edition.
~Dreams in the Witch House~ I love this story but the adaptation left me a bit cold. Maybe it was just the art because I can usually put my finger on exactly why I don't like a particular adaptation. Pedro Lopez is a great artist, just not to my taste.
~Sweet Ermengarde~ The art is fine but honestly this comedy was hard for me to stomach. It is a very classic Old Tyme comedy, a real "rib nudger" if you will. But honestly, I don't appreciate it. Interesting though.
~Herbert West: Reanimator~ Love this story and the adaptation is fantastic. I know this wasn't Howard's favorite but I find the story to be quite humorous. A great classic Zombie/Frankenstein tale. The art is done by four greats. Three of them I absolutely treasure as artists: Richard Corbin, Mark Nelson and Rick Geary. Bonivert was great as well, though I was unfamiliar.
~ The Cat's of Ulthar~ I find this story to be a bit drab. Very "Poe"- like but without the master's clever devices or unsurpassed mastery of syntax and diction. Nonetheless, the art by Lisa K. Weber blew my face off. Wow! This lady can draw.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cannot praise this book enough for being an affordable, high quality, and interesting Lovecraft graphic collection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas
This review is of the 2nd edition. I went into this one a little hesitantly as Lovecraft and I have not got along too well up to this point. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Nicola Mansfield
the art work of all these different artists alone make this worth buying. of course the stories are the more important part.Published on December 16, 2012 by Paul Stuart Taylor
Beware, the artwork inside doesn't remotely resemble the cover. It's really cartoony (and not even in a cool way like the old underground Skull Comics No. 4). Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Muvovum
One never knows what level of quality will be offered by a Lovecraft inspired graphic novel, but for this fan, I'm very pleased with the discovery of a mighty fine assemblage of... Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Mike D
I thought this book was going to be really good when I first saw it. When I opened it up I was immediately disappointed. Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by Dagon Rising
To start with; I bought this as a gift for my son who was turning seven, He's had his little mind twisted by Herbert West and Cthulhu for a while as I have been reading him... Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by Burr