Welcome to the Halloween edition of the Comics Misremembered.
If the image above didn’t scare you away then continue on, intrepid listener. But be warned! You will have to be made of much sterner stuff to listen to this week’s podcast.
This week, we are covering a Cosmic Horror comic called The Neonomicon.
The Neonomicon is by writer Alan Moore and artist Jacen Burrows. It was published by Avatar Press back in 2011 at 4 issues. 2 of the issues are reprints of an earlier collaboration between Moore and Burrows called The Courtyard and the remaining 2 issues are just a continuation and conclusion to the story.
In the podcast, I go over the origins of Avatar Press, Alan Moore and his love of H.P. Lovecraft, The many, many Lovecraft references in the book (I probably missed a few) and we talk about the actual story.
I keep it mostly spoiler free and do warn you when I am going to spoiler the rest of the comic in case you do want to read it. I highly recommend picking this up and reading. Especially during October!
Halloween is coming quickly so we wanted to talk about a comic that will scare the bejesus out of you – DC/Vertigo’s Clean Room.
It is written by Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Secret Six) with art by Jon Davis-Hunt (2000 AD). You may have overlooked this story with it’s initial print run of 18 issues but do yourself a favor and buy the trades. This comic is a real page turner. Once you start to find out what the truth is in the Clean Room universe you may want to stop turning pages but you will dare yourself to continue.
Jon did not read the original run so I gave him the first 6 issues and this is what we cover in the mostly spoiler free podcast. Jon mentioned that there was a creature that was briefly introduced named “Boop” and it gave him nightmares. Here is a picture of that creature:
This is one of the tamer looking monsters in Clean Room and this is what freaked him out. Can you imagine what else you will find? We talk about the series and what we believe are Gail Simone’s influences in the comic.
This comic is great and we cannot recommend it enough.