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Alan Moore's Neonomicon

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  2,217 ratings  ·  303 reviews
Alan Moore, the best-selling graphic novelist of all time, delivers an original, chilling tale of Lovecraftian horror!

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 t
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Avatar Press (first published 2010)
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mark monday
a sociopathic FBI profiler finds a dark path and takes it. some time later, two more agents follow in his footsteps. murder, rape, rage, despair, racism, homophobia, a swinger party, a cult, hallucinatory freak-outs, nightmarish dreamscapes, Deep Ones, Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, H.P. Lovecraft, and gruesome bloody slaughter are all delivered in a timely fashion.

celebrated genius Alan Moore's graphic novel was, per the author's own admission, done for a paycheck and so that's that. it was also remove
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Imogen
Wow, this is a book about a woman who struggles with sex addiction being locked in a room and sexually assaulted by a monster over the course of a week, which solves all her problems. If that sounds nice to you, you do not sound nice to me.

I think mostly I'm pissed because this is on so many "best horror comics" lists I've read, and not a single one of them mentions the fact that it's just. about. a woman. being raped. by a monster. For a week. Which is presented as not even a big deal to her!
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Jonathan
Update: This is basically a better version of the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QFwo5...

Now, the idea of Alan Moore writing a Lovecraft comic sounds *amazing*, doesn't it? :D At the mention of such a concept, visions of a Lovecraft tale on the scale of "Watchmen" or "From Hell" or "V for Vendetta" fill one's mind. And GODDAMN if that wouldn't be amazing.

Yeeeeeah...that's not what we get here. At four issues, "Neonomicon" is quite brief, and given its quality, that might be a good thing.
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Sam Quixote
Neonomicon is the sequel to Antony Johnston and Jacen Burrows’ graphic adaptation of Alan Moore’s The Courtyard, a short story by Moore from the ‘90s. If you missed it, don’t worry because The Courtyard is included in this book. This time around Burrows returns with Moore scripting the comic.

Aldo Sax, the main character of The Courtyard, is in an insane asylum speaking Lovecraftian gibberish after he was arrested for murdering his neighbour. Two FBI agents, Gordon Lamper and Merril Brears, are
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Miles Reid-lobatto


This book is a hard one to review. I think Alan Moore is a brilliant writer and his work in the comic industry is well deserved of praise (V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Saga of the Swamp Thing) and critical acclaim. But the two interconnected stories here, The Courtyard and Neonomicon show Alan at his good and his bad and also shows off a rather disturbing trend in his work.

The Courtyard is the best story of the two, throwing the Lovecraftian Mythos into the seedy world of back street drug dealings,
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I'll be honest, the only reason I picked this up to read is on principle. 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. It was properly shelved with other graphic novels and not in the childrens' section, but a parent didn't like that her daughter had gotten her hands on something with this content. The graphic novel remains censored at that library a year later, but the academic libr ...more
Titas (Emperor)
Warning 1: Read this with an empty stomach.
Warning 2: Burn it after reading before anybody sees this at your house.
Warning 3: Do not read this before going to sleep. Even if you don't get nightmares, you will stay wake for quite some time.
Warning 4: If you get disgusted within the first two chapters, do not proceed for your own good.

Alan Moore's take on H. P. Lovecraft's horrors. Let that sentence simmer down first. Done?
Neonomicon = drug + FBI + sex + supernatural elements + cults + sex + mons
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Ross Byrne
Okay, here we go: if you love Lovecraft like I do, and you are a fan of Alan Moore, like I am, then stay as far away from Neonomicon as is humanly possible, because it's an insult to both. Moore has described the book as 'the most unpleasant thing I've ever written.' and on those terms at least, it lives up to its premise. A sequel to his geniunely chilling and enjoyable short story The Courtyard, inspired by a poem in Lovecraft's Fungi From Yuggoth cycle, Neonomicon takes the worst excesses of ...more
Erik Erickson
It pains me to say this but this book is not very good. I love Lovecraft, and most of Alan Moore's work, but this mediocre at best, childish and revolting at its worst. Less is more.

It's got some overall ideas that are clever, but once the FBI agent is shot, everything becomes way too silly. The way the female agent acted and talked during the horrifying acts she was subjected to was goofy enough to take me totally out of it. Being a sex addict does my suffice to explain that kind of a reaction
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Tanabrus
Questo volume raccoglie l’intera serie di Alan Moore del 2010.
Alan Moore incontra H.P. Lovecraft, e il risultato è strepitoso.


Ne Il cortile, che funge da antefatto, incontriamo l’agente speciale Aldo Sax, che indaga su alcuni omicidi efferati e apparentemente senza alcun collegamento tra di loro se non l’orribile modus operandi. I colpevoli sono già stati arrestati, rei confessi, ma le similitudini tra i casi sono troppo sospette per essere lasciate stare. E quindi l’agente indaga a Red Hook.

Dop
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أحمد
A superior sequel to "The Courtyard". A mind-blowing "prequel" to the whole Cthulhu Mythos.
Tim Pendry
Ah, you want dark ... this is dark. Well within the spirit of the Lovecraftian tradition and an added dash of American FBI TV drama with serial killer characteristics. Alan Moore even gets in a bit of Kenneth Grant on the side.

However, since many of you in America have more of a problem with sex than gory violence, be warned ... this is a work of sexual horror with explicit scenes of truly unpleasant sexual violence.

The scene of reptilian jissum flying through a wide arc as the FBI heroine jerks
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Andrew
This book is really two books in one - the first is the acclaimed "The Court Yard' and the second is its sequel "Neonomicon"
I have been a reader of H P Lovecrafts work for some time and one thing I picked up along the way is not only the number of authors and artists who contributed to his mythos but also those who were influenced by it - in fact its no secret that everyone from Stephen King to the writers of Batman wit the Arkham Asylum have made reference to his work or the man himself.
Here
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Barnaby Thieme
Although I am not a big Alan Moore fan, I was beguiled into giving Neonomicon a try by its fabulous premise - a modern-day, Lovecraftian tale of mystery and madness.

Moore apparently believes that the best way to build upon Lovecraft's legacy is to add long episodes of truly horrific sadism and sexual violence. In general, I'm deeply put-off by Moore's fascination with such material, and his tendency to dwell at length on wicked characters doing really monstrous things.

I do not object to such p
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Wendy
racist, much??

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I'm not into H.P. Lovecraft at all...I know Cthulhu is all the rage these days. I like what Joe Hill has done as a homage to Lovecraft with the whole Locke and Key thing.

Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (A GREAT creepy/awesome/addictive series...)


I walked into this GN with no background, no looking up other reviews and trying to figure out the mythos behind some of the Lovecraftian lore and all the things that have come after and built upon it.

So
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William Thomas
HP Lovecraft was a completely overrated hack who had a race superiority complex. HP Lovecraft was a stone-cold racist and a terrible writer. Plain and simple. You can try and justify his disgustingly racist views by saying that he was just a product of his environment at a time when 'everyone' was racist, but that is an oversimplification and misunderstanding of the time and excuses bad behavior for its own sake. And the more I read Alan Moore, the more I think that his incorporation of blatantl ...more
Jen
Mostly I requested this one because it was banned elsewhere. You start to think in the first few sections that it's obvious why, but it gets worse.
It's safe to say, I think, that this is one of the most vile, depraved books I've ever read. Of course, Moore does it on purpose. And of course, that's not my main problem. The premise - what if H. P. Lovecraft was writing about things that actually existed? - is an interesting one. It could have been awesome.
My main problem is, like some other revi
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Moonglum
The Neonomicon is a very creepy work of meta-horror. It starts out as what might be a fairly cool modern Lovecraftian tale, but then people start to realize that, hey, there are all these references to H.P. Lovecraft going down.

The kind of prudish neo-fascist FBI agent who, despite his bad attitude and bad politics, does actually have some kind of weird and creative insight into things that seem relevant in the story (anomaly theory, he calls it) is not the main attraction. But in a sense he is
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Ray
Alan Moore (Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) delivers a very disturbing tale set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft.

At first it seems like Cthulhu mythos stuff is just being thrown in for flavor, but as the story went on I realized that all these elements are key points, not just set dressing. Moore tells a unique tale very well, that at first confused me with odd little details that just didn't seem to fit, but it all adds up towards the end.

The artwork is beautiful and very effective.
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Amanda
Read this after hearing that a public library in SC decided to remove it from their collection. And yeah, this isn't appropriate for a public library's YA area. It probably has a place in adult graphic novel collections in communities with a strong graphic novel readership, though. If you aren't familiar with Lovecraft, the story is understandable, but it really helps of you are familiar with his work. I am intrigued that I feel some empathy for the creature. As a human, you really shouldn't fee ...more
zxvasdf
Alan Moore goes into real dark territory here, into these nether regions I'd normally expect from Warren Ellis or Rick Veitch. The Cthulhu mythos has never been as horrifying, as weird as in these pages (at least in my experience). It wouldn't be as frightening if Jacen Burrows weren't doing the pencils. I bet you a buck or two the dude's a cultist. It's like he sleeps with tentacles and lets them seep into his dreams so that when he wakes and pads to the drawing board, they can also leak onto t ...more
Tom Lee
I generally avoid adding the comics I read to Goodreads, but this deserves inclusion for being incredibly vile, unpleasant and amateurish. I don't think the combination of the horror of sexual violence with the horror of the Cthulhu mythos is an idea that couldn't ever work, but it sure doesn't here. A successful execution of this disturbing combo would have to be subtle and terrified of itself; instead this work is brash and occasionally descends into a juvenile enthusiasm for pornography.

Truly
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Joe
Alan Moore's work is what first brought be me to the graphic novel with Watchmen and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I enjoyed his most recent "League" book last year. He's an institution. He's insane. He's a mad genius.

However, for the last several years, it felt like he was out of new ideas. That would be okay with me. He could just keep releasing "League" sequels for the rest of his career and that would be fine if somewhat of a waste of his talents.

Then along comes this, Neonomicon. T
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Giuseppe
Ultima fatica di Moore ed anche una delle sue piú discutibili. L'autore inglese continua a sviluppare il concept che sta alla base de The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1: una metanarrazione in cui si prospettano come reali personaggi appartenenti alla letteratura. Qua il prescelto é quell'oggetto misterioso che risponde al nome di Lovecraft. Ho letto molte recensioni negative basate sulle scene di violenza e sesso piuttosto disturbanti. Personalmente le trovo in linea con l'atmosfera d ...more
Francesca
Alas, I didn’t like it, especially the combination of the horror of sexual violence with the horror of the Cthulhu mythos.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I found this book rather disturbing with an exceedingly strange sensibility to it, perhaps what was actually intended. To begin with, the art is appealing, bringing likable characters and their emotions to life as they are confronted by dark forces in their world. The lines, soft colors, almost prefect gradients within the shading, lack of extreme value changes, and even the nice glossy paper stock make the whole thing seem smooth- almost too easy for the difficult story that is told in two part ...more
Mel
I was quite pleased to see that this graphic novel included both The Courtyard and Neonomicon. I'd read The Courtyard before and wasn't really in love with it. I found the serial killer side of things a little dull, and while I liked what they did with the language making people mad it just didn't seem to go anywhere new. As a prelude to the Neonomicon story it worked much better. It was a short interlude that set the stage for things to come. Neonomicon I really liked! I loved the meta-joke whe ...more
Audrey
Sigh. I wanted to like this so much more than I did. I mean, if a GN is tagged "Alan Moore's darkest work," how does that not just scream awesome? But frankly, I should have noticed something was wrong from the start. After all, Neonomicon is only 4 "issues." It's 176 pages. In my personal canon of Alan Moore's masterworks, Watchmen clocks in as the shortest, at 416 pages. Everything else, from V for Vendetta to Lost Girls to From Hell to the continuing amazingness that is League of Extraordinar ...more
Jake
What...the...FUCK, Alan Moore? I lead off with that as somewhat of joke, as this was one hell of a page turner, but it's also sinister as hell. It made me feel so goddamn weird. It's just sex and violence in the most evil way. I was really into the story, but it doesn't give the payoff that it promises. It stops short, which is saying a lot, considering it in no way stops anywhere in the beginning. It gets right into the weird and the occult. And, in his older age, maybe the last decade, Alan Mo ...more
Kasey Jane
Question: How can you take you screw up a comic book about Lovecraft written by Alan Moore for a comic book geek who regularly plays Arkham Horror?
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