I honestly love the Cthulhu lore despite how complex it is. H.P. Lovecraft has a very old writing style and his stories can induce headaches when trying to follow them. This comic series does a decent job of summing up the mythology and bringing newcomers into this grand and dark lore. The world of Cthulhu is all about deep madness, so deep that our minds can’t even comprehend it. Lovecraft went beyond zombies and the boogie man. He dove into the human psyche and tore it to shreds and tried gluing it back together. This 3 part series sees some scientists from the Miskatonic University trying to solve a mystery about an evil cult and mysterious beings snatching people.
First off, the atmosphere is hit right on the head. Right from the start you get an eerie feeling, the first issue is a back story that one of the characters tells. It’s about how he came across the cult for the first time. A man named Noyes is actually a puppet behind the strange monsters who have burrowed under old New England. The comics flow pretty well, but with only 3 issues not much can come of it. There’s no strange plot twist, but at least there are some creepy scenes and a bit of gore. The art style does a good enough job, it’s all done with colored pencil, so it’s a bit strange coming from the marker and other mediums used in comics. The characters are forgettable due to the short length, but the ending is pretty creepy.
The story is a bit more on the realistic side rather than the pure fantasy that the series stuck to in the later comics (Fall of Cthulhu). I honestly wish they went the more fantastical way, but seeing this in a more realistic sense makes it a bit more believable. The monsters are drawn just how Lovecraft intended and they look horrendous. This little mini-adventure is fun while it lasts, but forgettable in the end.