Publisher: Avatar Press
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist: Jacen Burrows
Release Date: 07/2010-10/2010
H.P. Lovecraft is an author that has inspired millions from video games to actual occults. Neonomicon takes a strange twist on the occult aspect of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos and really tries to make you think that it could be possible. You follow a team of FBI officers who are trying to bust a cult that is known for murdering multiple people. The comic takes a Silence of the Lambs approach as our main female character gets leads from one of the cult members in a high-security prison. Our female lead is a former sex addict which plays a big part in the comic.
Our lead, Brears, and her partner, Lamper, wind up finding this cult’s headquarters at a sex shop that’s fronting as a board game shop. They get inside the cult thanks to Brear’s knowledge of the Cthulhu mythos, but that’s where things get weird and crazy. This is a sex cult and yes, there’s tons of nudity and sex in this comic. However, it plays a huge role in the ending of the series. All these weird followers are trying to have multiple orgies as it attracts a Dagon monster who actually has sex with all of these people. It’s very strange and almost makes this comic erotica.
Without spoiling too much the creature rapes Brears multiple times and she isn’t quite sure if she enjoys it because of her prior sex addiction. One moment you think she just might enjoy it after the initial fright from the creature has passed. She starts to empathize with it and actually care for it which is rather strange. This ends up turning your feelings towards the creature as well. The art style compliments all this as the entire atmosphere is dark and dreary and quite gory in spots.
In the end, Neonomicon is a great twist on the mythos as it is told that H.P. Lovecraft’s work is actually fact and he actually met these creatures, but no one would believe him. Of course, the ending is quite predictable early on, but this strange twisted take on something very beloved by fans is quite an adventure and ride. Just take it all with a grain of salt, and be warned of the sex, rape, and nudity.