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Alan Moore's Neonomicon

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Two FBI agents, Gordon Lamper and Merril Brears, are assigned to a case of copycat killings in the style Sax committed who, in turn, was mimicking someone else. Another thing I saw as immediately problematic was that Moore decided to set "Neonomicon" in our world, where Lovecraft's works exist (presumably because he was trying to warn the world of the elder gods and such).

Once The Courtyard story concludes we jump forward a couple of years and on to Neonomicon, where we meet Agents Brears and Lamper who are in the process of interrogating the now insane Sax. My local public library director pulled this from the shelves after a parental complaint, not even following the policies the library has for contested items.The Neonomicon: After visiting Aldo Sax at the sanitarium, Agents Lamper and Brears pick up where he left off and head to Salem.

Spoiler, although who cares because don't read this: What if "R'lyeh under the waters" didn't mean under the literal ocean but instead inside a uterus. Mas o rumo sobrenatural dos acontecimentos exige a presença de dois outros investigadores que serão levados ao extremo do horror e aos limites da realidade como a conhecemos! On top of the fact that I'm mad at Alan Moore about this misogynist nonsense is the fact that the ending, and what it adds to the Chthulu mythos, *is* kind of cool.

Brears is also given the trait of a sex addict, which I know pissed off some, but there was a deliberate reason why Moore did this: Moore wanted to show the sexual assault not only doing physical damage to Brears, but the mental damage it does as it feeds into her own addiction. CONCLUSION: With a tone more akin to the films Seven or Silence of the Lambs than the more flamboyant works in Moore’s repertoire, the tension ratchets high, and while Lovecraft was content to leave the worst of his horror off the page, things become grotesque and gory early, and only intensifies into what I would refer to as a uncomfortable experience by the end.

With over thirty years dedicated to the medium, his body of work includes Watchmen (the best-selling graphic novel in history), From Hell , The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen , Swamp Thing , Tom Strong , Promethea , V for Vendetta , and Lost Girls , just to name a few.Brears is seen months later writing on sexuality in Lovecraft’s works while taking leave from the FBI.

Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness. Y’know I usually don’t give warnings for reviews, but please stay away from anything regarding this review or book if sexual assault, rape, or any sex crimes, in general, upset you in any way. She realizes that the events in Lovecraft's fiction are actually premonitions of a future apocalypse that will be heralded by the birth of her child, Cthulhu. Maybe some of you remember by review about Providence, if not, it’s relevant to say that the stories collected here, The Courtyard and Neonomicon are linked to Providence, which it serves as prequel AND sequel to the first two mentioned stories. Explaining usually kills horror, so the fact Moore manages to keep it all is unbelievably impressive.Not sure if Lovecraft would approve of this kind of Cthulhu mythos story where gore and sex are aplenty, but this has to be one of the best Cthulhu mythos stories nonetheless. Not sure what that’s supposed to mean - if it’s a Lovecraft reference, it went over my head - though maybe the wider panels reflect the wider story begun in the first book and expanded in the second? Fairly early on it becomes apparent that Agent Brears is the brains of the duo, she is also recovering a sex addict. This leads to a stunning realization in the climax when the two are discussing the concept of time where it’s revealed this child she is bearing is revealed to be the old god Cthulhu itself, which has insane potential ramifications for the sequel, Providence. They question him but he doesn’t answer as he speaks in an almost alien-like language, until Brears brings up the club Zothique from The Courtyard.

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