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Alan Moore's Neonomicon

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This book confounds expectations - the reader could be forgiven for thinking it is a cross between "The X-files" and "Silence of the lambs".

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 something like the New French Extremity movement in French cinema, where outrageous or disturbing subject matter is plastered indiscriminately across the narrative from beginning to end under the guise of moralistic grandstanding, and applies this to the comics medium, resulting in a work that's miserable to look at, miserable to read. The sexuality that is hinted at but never allowed to enter Lovecraft’s asexual tales is explicit, in text and drawings, in this disturbing story. You could have gotten there in ways that were so much more interesting and less predictably, boringly, tropily misogynist. After reading Neonomicon, I began to look back on all the Alan Moore I've read and how much rape as plot device or rape as threat to female character is used.Misteriosos assassinatos atraem a atenção do FBI e, durante a investigação, revelações indicam coincidências muito estranhas; para chegar à verdade, um expert na revolucionária Teoria da Anomalia envolve-se em uma missão sob disfarce que o leva a um clube que abriga uma seita suspeita possivelmente envolvida com os crimes. In one way, this is a perfectly valid concern and approach, the rascist and sexual attitudes of Lovecraft tend to be glossed over by modern readers and simply shrugged off as 'oh, that's how it was at the time', as a lot of people do with Robert E. stars, but we'll round up because Alan Moore is generally, if nothing else, exceedingly interesting. here on Goodreads, reviews are mixed; many readers have reacted very negatively to all of the horrific nastiness on display. At the very least his writing shows neither an understanding of, nor desire to engage with the feminine sex, and the only hinted worth for the female form seems to have been as (unwilling?

The art is vivid, and the first part of the story is all in long narrow frames that lend a late-at-night, don't-look-under-the-bed feeling to the story. However, they also won't be for everyone, and those who can't handle their content will probably find this book complete trash. now it's one thing to have a sociopathic agent constantly shoot off comments that are not just misanthropic but pointedly racist and homophobic. The big story, however shows understanding and respect for Lovecraft and heralds where Moore may take this story next. P. Lovecraft, and even for those with just a passing knowledge on the subject, there are clues and references aplenty.

Explaining usually kills horror, so the fact Moore manages to keep it all is unbelievably impressive. So this is not scarier than Poe, but it is grittier, more graphic, more explicit, more contemporary urban.

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