Necronomicon

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The history of the most infamous book known to man will finally unfurl! Student Ali Said, recruited by a mysterious group to find the famed Necronomicon, is caught between the warring forces that want the Necronomicon's power for their own - but Said knows that neither side intends to leave the world better off. In order to save mankind, Said will have to plumb the mysteries of the book itself - and pray that he can do so without going mad!

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William Messner-Loebs is an American comic book writer and artist from Michigan. Since the 1980s he has written substantial runs of series published by DC, Image and other independent comic book publishers, including both high-profile publisher-owned superheroes like Wonder Woman and The Flash to original creator-owned works like Journey, which he has also illustrated.

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The sf-horror universe of H. P. Lovecraft suits Messner-Loebs and Ritchie about perfectly. As creator of the frightening-maddening-ludicrous-romantic superhero takeoff The Maxx, Messner-Loebs is a past master at conjuring parallel realities, and Ritchie’s blunt, expressionistic figuration and unconventional color schemes, which made the Dreamlands sequences in The Fugue: Fall of Cthulhu 1 (2008) so unsettling, realize the claustrophobic unease of the Lovecraftian atmosphere near palpably. This story of an Arab student at Miskatonic University in the 1920s, who follows a love of languages into involvement with a cabal seeking to revive the space-alien Old Ones, long-buried under the antarctic ice, features characters and props straight out of Lovecraft (At the Mountains of Madness, “The Shadow out of Time,” and “From Beyond,” in particular). Despite signs of haste on Ritchie’s part (a minor character looks radically different in his two appearances), the yarn definitely achieves the slow, edgy impetus and hopeless atmosphere of Lovecraft’s fictional milieu. Why is such flamboyantly depressing stuff so mesmerizing? Ask devoted Lovecraftians after they’ve gleefully devoured this highly successful pastiche. --Ray Olson

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