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Good for Comic Fans, Not for Fans of Lovecraft
on September 23, 2010
I felt, as something of a Lovecraft scholar, that this comic book was not at all true to Lovecraft's nature. While it cleverly captured several moments inspired by his stories, it was difficult for me to get past the image of a swashbuckling, pistol-wielding H.P.
Anyone who has read Lovecraft's letters, even casually, can get a sense of Lovecraft's nature and personality. It is easy to imagine him stooped, ever so slightly, over his work. I find it difficult to imagine this individual cavorting about like the characters in his stories.
Regardless, I still approached the comic with optimism, hoping that it would be a worthwhile distraction, if nothing else. I wasn't disappointed, at least as far as a distraction was concerned.
I found this comic somewhat hard to follow. I am fairly experienced with comics, and have read many graphic novels. These particular comics tend to jump around, leaving holes in the plot and fragmentary bits of dialogue. The artwork is, however, very nice. I was especially fond of the various cover art.
So, all in all, this isn't a bad comic to take up an afternoon of your time. I would have to say, though, that to truly appreciate this you need to be more of a fan of mainstream Lovecraft and comics than of Lovecraft himself.