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At the Mountains of Madness by I.N.J. Culbard
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Dec 10, 2011

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This is a surprisingly solid graphic take on one of Lovecraft's best-known (but problematic) works. I.N.J. Culbard makes his rendition succeed by staying relatively close to Lovecraft's original story, and allowing the simple but effective art to highlight the stark surroundings of a foreboding landscape. While the source story is fascinating, it is also one of Lovecraft's howlers, as his over-serious characters wrestle with giant penguins and interpreting a detailed history of an (apparently) extinct alien race from a brief survey of wall carvings. Culbard makes it work by keeping his images uncomplicated, and allowing his dark palette to lend the dry dialogue a sense of impending dread that Lovecraft struggled to pull off in his version.
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