Pointless Nonsense

Posted in comics by Bill on January 13, 2011

So I read The Courtyard, a comic adaptation of a short prose story Alan Moore wrote in the 90s, specifically because I had heard good things about its sequel, Neonomicon. Now The Courtyard was pretty interesting. I’m kind of ruining it in a way by even mentioning it, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was more familiar with Lovecraft. Wikipedia has a whole list of the connections.

So then the sequel, which is actually scripted by Moore… holy cow. It’s interesting in some ways, but it’s also the most overtly sexual comic I think I’ve ever read. Googling some of the stuff people have written about it online, apparently it’s been banned from some comic shops. And, like, there are Lovecraftian elder gods in it. It’s weird. My first instinct was to call it pornographic, but I don’t think it is, because I feel like pornography is designed to arouse, while this is more like… sexual horror. But I must be messed up in the head, because I’m actually looking forward to the last issue. Mostly, I think, because I think I’ve figured out some of the hints as to what’s going on and want to see if I’m right.

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