At times it almost feels as if there are two Alan Moore’s. There is the Alan Moore that writes for himself, books such as Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and V for Vendetta, and then there is Alan Moore-light. He writes books like Voodoo, Supreme, Wildcats and other works for hire that are of lighter fare, both subject-wise and even textually. His ABC line was a combination of both which was interesting and really, quite excellent. Neonomicon from Avatar is the latter. It is Moore not being too deep or too vague about the imagery he presents to us. It is a simple tale, told well from a master of the craft.
In short, Neonomicon tells the story of a detective who goes down to Salem with her partner to investigate the links to a series of murders that somehow involve H.P. Lovecraft. They track the items in question to a shop that sells various items all having to do with the occult. While there, they acquaint themselves with the owners who invite them to an afterhour’s orgy underneath the store and the city. It is not too long though until they are uncovered as FBI agents, Lamper is killed and Brears gets detained and raped by a fish-like man-creature for nearly a week. She is soon released by the creature when it finds out she is pregnant and as the days pass, Brears realizes she will soon give birth to Cthulhu.
A pretty straightforward little horror tale by Moore about Lovecraft’s writings, particularly as it is about Cthulhu, and a welcome one at that. The best thing is, unlike some of Moore’s more serious works, it seems like he is having fun here. The writing is loose, and flows more freely in this book compared to others. Brears is a great character, and it is nice to read about a strong female lead for a change. Yes, there are books with female protagonists being published today, but still not as many as there should be. It makes this book refreshing because of it and frankly, a joy to read.
There are not a lot of books out that deal with Lovecraft’s writings these days, so for Avatar and more specifically Moore to choose it as a subject was great to see. Jacen Burrows art is top-notch, clean and expressive and is a perfect fit for the book. Altogether, a great little series if you should need something to fill your time with.
4 out of 5