Lovecraftian graphic novels that I recommend

The Doom That Came to Gotham, book 3Here’s a list of Lovecraftian graphic novels (comics) that I personally recommend.  It’s a short list, but keep checking  back… I’ll be adding more soon.  Enjoy!

Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham is from DC Comics’ Elseworlds series.  This 3-part story is set in the 1920s.   As the story opens, Bruce Wayne and pals (Dick, Jason, Tim, and Alfred) are in Antarctica searching for survivors from the “Cobblepot Expedition”.  They discover a frozen ship, with almost everyone dead.  Everyone, that is, except for Professor Cobblepot and another survivor, who have both gone crazy and are muttering things like “I am chosen by Him to be His messenger to the world” and “Hark, the lurker is on the threshold, and behold a shadow out of time.”  I won’t spoil the story, but suffice to say that it was written by Mike Mignola, of Hellboy fame.  The Doom That Came to Gotham scores high on mood and gets a lot right, but it’s not perfect.  It’s a bit more Derleth than Lovecraft, but still… Batman and the mythos?  Sold.  All in all, it’s a pretty good graphic novel.  Buy Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham:  Book oneBook twoBook three

Fatale – Secrets, lies, horror, lust, and monsters from the time before time all collide in Fatale: Death Chases Me. In present day, a man meets a woman who he becomes instantly obsessed with, and in the 1950s, this same woman destroys the lives of all those who cross her path, on a quest for… what? Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ bestselling series will leave you craving more!  (Book oneBook twoBook three)

Heathentown – (You can also buy the digital comic for immediate reading at Comixology.)  Written by Corinna Sara Bechko, art by Gabriel Hardman.  Corinna, you may remember, wrote an excellent story for issue #7 of The Lovecraft eZine, with illustrations by the same Gabriel Hardman.  When Anna travels deep within the Florida Everglades to attend her lover’s funeral, she finds herself in an eerie small town where death is but a horrible beginning! In an attempt to discover the truth, she digs up her lover’s coffin, starting a chain reaction which brings an ancient malevolence into the town – bent on her destruction!

Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom – After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father’s warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange, frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger. Alone and scared, Howard befriends a hideous creature he names Spot who takes him to the castle of the king where he is captured and sentenced to death.

Neonomicon – Comic book legend Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, FROM HELL) and brilliant artist Jacen Burrows deliver a chilling tale of Lovecraftian horror!  Brears and Lamper, two young and cocky FBI agents, investigate a fresh series of ritual murders somehow tied to the final undercover assignment of Aldo Sax –the once golden boy of the Bureau, now a convicted killer and inmate of a maximum security prison.  From their interrogation of Sax (where he spoke exclusively in inhuman tongues) to a related drug raid on a seedy rock club rife with arcane symbols and otherworldly lyrics, they suspect that they are on the trail of something awful… but nothing can prepare them for the creeping insanity and unspeakable terrors they will face in the small harbor town of Innsmouth.  NEONOMICON collects Alan Moore’s 2010 comic book series for the first time in its entirety – including his original story, THE COURTYARD, which chronicled Aldo Sax’s tragic encounter with the (somewhat) mortal agents of the Old Ones!