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a sociopathic FBI profiler finds a dark path and takes it some time later, twoagents 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 a sociopathic FBI profiler finds a dark path and takes it some time later, twoagents 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 removed from a public library earlier this year due to its shuddery subject matter here on Goodreads, reviews are mixed many readers have reacted very negatively to all of the horrific nastiness on display.so let s get that horrific nastiness out of the way first since it appears to be the central issue for some spoilers ahead in the last third of the novel there is a truly grotesque rape scene which also includes rape by monster it is cruel, brutal, explicit, and goes on for a really extended period of time now i have some serious problems with Neonomicon, but unlike many of my fellow reviewers, those problems have nothing to do with the rape i actually think it is pretty well done, as such things go it is not particularly exploitative outside of the fact that it is depicted in the first place which some could understandably argue is exploitative in and of itself the pain horror ugliness are definitely not downplayed and the rape is not eroticized the art is particularly interesting during this sequence, using the rape victim s blurry vision to startling effect and the dialogue by the cheerful rapists is rather brilliant banal, chatty, blas , even friendly and supportive at times all of that contributes powerfully to the pure horror of the situation.my problems with Neonomicon are 1 the bizarre and pointless decision to make the heroine a sex addict is this supposed to somehow make her better equipped to deal with her rape ugh NO, Alan Moore, NO and 2 with the dialogue that comes out of every single FBI agent s mouth besides our heroine now it s one thing to have a sociopathic agent constantly shoot off comments that are not just misanthropic but pointedly racist and homophobic fine, he s a sociopath and an asshole but to have the same repulsive shit drop from the mouths of nearly every other agent come on obviously Moore himself is not a racist or homophobe if you doubt me, just read his works , so clearly this must be how he envisions the FBI i m no apologist for the federal bureau of investigation but give me a break now that is just lazy, stupid, cheap writing and i expect a lotfrom the author.back to what s good everything else the art by Jacen Burrows is fantastic, particularly in the first part The Courtyard where almost every page is a double vertical panel claustrophobia and murderous tunnel vision are aptly conveyed and outside of the doltish dialogue from various agents, the writing is superb Moore takes the Cthulhu mythos in a fascinating new direction future is now and it is truly mind boggling i haven t had my mind boggled this way by anything lovecraftian in a long while and that includes the superior Locke Key graphic novels so overall, Neonomicon is a flawed but absolutely worthy addition to the author s brilliant oeuvre Reallylike 2.5 stars, but we ll round up because Alan Moore is generally, if nothing else, exceedingly interesting If you re into graphic monster human sex so than I am, anyway and H.P Lovecraft, you may dig this Otherwise, you probably want to read pretty much anything else Moore has written instead Including his grocery list. The Courtyard When federal agent Aldo Sax goes deep undercover to find a mysterious drug called Aklo, he gets snared in net of Lovecraftian craziness with Johnny Carcosa at the center.Aside from being peppered with racial slurs, I thought this was a pretty good tale Aldo Sax encounters cosmic horrors and flips his shit Moore seeded the text with plenty of Lovecraftian references, like The Shadow over Innsmouth, The Horror at Red Hook, Zothique actually a Clark Ashton Smith , and Randolph Car The Courtyard When federal agent Aldo Sax goes deep undercover to find a mysterious drug called Aklo, he gets snared in net of Lovecraftian craziness with Johnny Carcosa at the center.Aside from being peppered with racial slurs, I thought this was a pretty good tale Aldo Sax encounters cosmic horrors and flips his shit Moore seeded the text with plenty of Lovecraftian references, like The Shadow over Innsmouth, The Horror at Red Hook, Zothique actually a Clark Ashton Smith , and Randolph Carter I like the direction Moore is going with this one.The Neonomicon After visiting Aldo Sax at the sanitarium, Agents Lamper and Brears pick up where he left off and head to Salem.There was some sick shit in this, muchextreme than Lovecraft but still true to the spirit of the mythos I had a feeling things would go the way they did with Brears This one was definitely not for the squeamish.Moore s take on the Cthulhu mythos in Neonomicon makes me anxious to read his next Lovecraftian offering, Providence 3.5 out of 5 stars Alan Moore only him This TPB edition collects Neonomicon 1 4, but also includes The Courtyard 1 2, which both are parts of the same story.Creative Team Writer Alan MooreIllustrator Jacen Burrows THE EGG OR THE CHICKEN Maybe some of you remember by review about Providence, if not, it s relevant to say that the stories collected here, The Courtyard and Neonomicon are linked to Providence, which it serves as prequel AND sequel to the first two mentioned stories.So, what to read firs Alan Moore only him This TPB edition collects Neonomicon 1 4, but also includes The Courtyard 1 2, which both are parts of the same story.Creative Team Writer Alan MooreIllustrator Jacen Burrows THE EGG OR THE CHICKEN Maybe some of you remember by review about Providence, if not, it s relevant to say that the stories collected here, The Courtyard and Neonomicon are linked to Providence, which it serves as prequel AND sequel to the first two mentioned stories.So, what to read first I have to admit that when I read Providence, I didn t get all the scope of the story and I guessed then that it was because I hadn t read this TPB at hand, but now that I read this one I wonder if I d be able to enjoy so much this two stories if I hadn t read Providence first.It s clear that Neonomicon, the main story, and The Courtyard, its introductory tale, both are quite straight in their narrative and quite easy to follow the storyline, but I have to admit that it was so clear, since I had read Providence first and I wasn t any clueless at all this time Providence was published later of Neonomicon and The Courtyard, so the logic thing would be to read this TPB at hand first and then Providence after that, even for those readers that they got the books once published, it wasn t much of an option but do it in that order.But is it the only way Alan Moore is the first of telling you that each time that you d read his stories, especially if a fair quantity of time has passed between readings, that you ll get the stories in a different way, in a new light, in a better understanding so, what I can tell you is that, not matter the order that you d read this linked stories, if you read one of them, please read then all of three, since certainly, it s the only way of appreciating it as a whole.And of course, if you haven t still read H.P Lovecraft s work like in my case, but I plan to remedy that soon , which is the foundation of this whole narrative, definitely, you should read that too not matter if you do it, before of after this THE FBI THE PARANORMAL Alan Moore doesn t hesitate to point out that Neonomicon and The Courtyard got certain inspiration from The Silence of the Lambs for some scenes and I guess that hadn t mention The X Files was intentional, since it would too obvious.But what s clear is that FBI and the Paranormal are a great storytelling combination which works as good as bread and butter Along both stories, you have three FBI Special Agents Aldo Sax, Gordon Lamper and Merril Brears And they will be your guides leading you through a strange case about gruesome ritual murders made by different people, not related between each other, but they seemed to be inspired by the works of H.P Lovecraft, which it shouldn t be so odd, taking in account the fame of his horror stories, but the strange of all this, it s that they seemed to begin in the 1920 s, when H.P Lovecraft was barely starting his work, and due that, he wasn t so known and popular then.Once again, the egg or the chicken But as this popular enigma, don t answer it so soon, since the beauty of this mystery is that both answers have problems to defend it.A warning Alan Moore Jacen Burrows didn t hesitate to deliver a bold tale, so this isn t for faint of heart and definitely it s a R rated story, so you ll deal with all the darkness that human beings can inflict to other human beings.Oh And I can assure you is that those three FBI Special Agents won t be the same after these two tales Warning to my friends reading this review I did like this as I thought it was well executed, but this is an ultra graphic H.P Lovecraft horror story with plenty here to offend and frighten and disturb everyone so I can t imagine many people reading this and actually enjoying I did, actually, which probably says something about me, so watch out I read this because I am making it through the Alan Moore corpus, slowly, dabbling in it, at least, and wanted to see what he does with Rea Warning to my friends reading this review I did like this as I thought it was well executed, but this is an ultra graphic H.P Lovecraft horror story with plenty here to offend and frighten and disturb everyone so I can t imagine many people reading this and actually enjoying I did, actually, which probably says something about me, so watch out I read this because I am making it through the Alan Moore corpus, slowly, dabbling in it, at least, and wanted to see what he does with Real Scary and Graphic Horror, and for what it sets out to do, to shock and offend and scare, it works, that s what horror is supposed to do, okay but it is not Poe, which feelssanitized than this because the language is lessgraphic Poe frightens without the contemporary potty mouth and by leavingof the gruesomeness to the imagination, he s not about Chainsaw Massacre bloodshed, and this tale, and Lovecraft tales in general I am thinking of Joe Hill s work, too, in Locke and Key, with Gabriel Rodriguez s visually scary artwork So this is not scarier than Poe, but it is grittier,graphic,explicit,contemporary urban.More shocking on a number of levelsI also read this to see what Moore and Jacen Burrows do with a Chthulu tale In The Call of Cthulhu , Lovecraft describes Cthulhu as A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind Lovecraft would probably smile malevolently at Moore s and Burrow s execution well, multiple executions, as it turns out, no surprise , maybe especially the appropriately proficiently icky artwork from clearly talented Burrows 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 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 assigned to a case of copycat killings in the style Sax committed who, in turn, was mimicking someone else Everything goes back to the creepy nightclub and Johnny Carcosa but what does it all mean I first read this when it came out in 2011 but, re reading it this weekend, I m not sure why I liked it so much back then it s pretty terrible Like most of Moore s recent comics, Neonomicon is him cramming in as many literary references as he can around a weak plot He does this a lot in his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comics but in Neonomicon the references are exclusively horror based, most of them on HP Lovecraft s work Sax looks like Lovecraft, Carcosa, Aklo, the weird tree in the courtyard, the language, right down to the horror at the end of the tunnel and the chapter subtitles riffing on Lovecraft s stories everything is Lovecraft centric It s also mentioned how little dialogue there was in his stories because he was so bad at writing it Lovecraft was basically bad at writing full stop , which makes me wonder if Moore aped his style here.Because the dialogue in this book is horrendous far too many yeah s punctuate the conversations as well as info dumps on Lovecraft and other pieces of horror esoterica make for very unrealistic sounding speech Moore s characters dialogue in other comics never stood out as particularly amateurish so I m going to assume he went especially bad in homage to old HP The non stop references are either something you ll like in a sort of Where s Wally sense in America it s Where s Waldo not sure why the name was changed or it s just going to bore you like it did me Speaking of amateurish, the FBI in this book are the most incompetent I ve ever seen depicted in pop culture They cover all the exits of the creepy nightclub but when they hear banging underneath them in a secret passage, they assume it s just maintenance rather than follow it up Then later while Lamper and Brears go undercover, they decide it s best if they sit in a basement miles away rather than provide any amount of proactive backup I don t know why Moore wrote them this brain dead but they were thoroughly unconvincing professionals If the tedious investigation that takes up most of the book, along with the dreadful dialogue and idiotic characters didn t make me dislike the comic, the repeated rape of one of the characters and the excessive full frontal nudity did it It is extremely graphic and the naked cultists are not hot either so gear up if you re going to read this And all that monster sex rape ugh If I wanted to see Japanese porn, I d go watch it online rather than go looking for it in an Alan Moore comic Moore does manage to score a few points in the end with his own interpretation on Lovecraft s stories but they don t make reading the preceding comic feel worth it Jacen Burrows art is as fantastic as always, it s just all that gross nudity and rape Dude It s rough You can tell it s an Avatar comic though, those guys are always publishing messed up shit The Courtyard was presented in vertical panels, mostly two to a page, while Neonomicon is almost entirely presented in horizontal panels, mostly four to a page Not sure what that s supposed to mean if it s a Lovecraft reference, it went over my head though maybe the wider panels reflect the wider story begun in the first book and expanded in the second The Courtyard was one character Aldo Sax while Neonomicon is two characters Brears and Lamper so we get double the panels, two in the first, four in the second Who knows maybe it s purely an aesthetic choice If you want to read LXG The Horror Edition, give Neonomicon a whirl I m sure you ll get a kick out of ticking off which references you got I wouldn t recommend the book though besides being ploddingly paced, overly long and dull to read, it leaves an unpleasant taste behind once you ve read it, akin to walking into a bathroom after someone s taken an epic shit and getting the smell full on |READ EPUB ♨ Neonomicon ♓ 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 the final undercover assignment of Aldo Sax the once golden boy of the Bureau, now a convicted killer and inmate of a maximum security prison From their interrogation of Sax where he spoke exclusively in inhuman tongues to a related drug raid on a seedy rock club rife with arcane symbols and otherworldly lyrics, they suspect that they are on the trail of something awful but nothing can prepare them for the creeping insanity and unspeakable terrors they will face in the small harbor town of Innsmouth NEONOMICON collects Alan Moore scomic book series for the first time in its entirety including his original story, THE COURTYARD, which chronicled Aldo Sax s tragic encounter with the somewhat mortal agents of the Old Ones What starts out as an interesting supernatural procedural in a world where Lovecraft s mythos is real is all but undone by Moore s nearly adolescent preoccupation with sex It wouldn t be an issue if the sex were portrayed as healthy and positive I could get behind that but here the sex is entirely non consensual A female character is raped during an orgy of cultists and then raped again, repeatedly, by an inhuman monster with an insatiable sexual appetite But it s okay, Moore assures us What starts out as an interesting supernatural procedural in a world where Lovecraft s mythos is real is all but undone by Moore s nearly adolescent preoccupation with sex It wouldn t be an issue if the sex were portrayed as healthy and positive I could get behind that but here the sex is entirely non consensual A female character is raped during an orgy of cultists and then raped again, repeatedly, by an inhuman monster with an insatiable sexual appetite But it s okay, Moore assures us, because in the end it cures her of her sex addiction Um, what Monster rape takes up pretty much the latter half of this graphic novel, replacing everything else that was interesting about the story, to the point where entire plot lines and characters are all but forgotten It s too bad There was something good here, until Moore decided he wasinterested in rape scenes and monster sex than in following through with the story s farcompelling setup This was my first graphic novel and it was an excellent one to start with The illustrations were absolutely stunning and the story itself was incredibly weird and at times disturbing, but in a good way I felt like I was a part of the story, puzzling it out along with the characters I really couldn t have enjoyed this graphic novel , it was strange and captivating and has started what I m sure will become an obsession with graphic novels What s start off decent enough, murder mystery, mixed with cult behavior, just becomes one big long rape scene If it s not bad enough a bunch of people will rape you over and over again, a fish like creature comes from the water and begins to do it too Over and over again for a week this detective gets raped pretty brutally until the point she barely can take it any and offers the fish creature a handjob to satisfy his needs for a minute Then he drinks her pee Then he frees her Thenw What s start off decent enough, murder mystery, mixed with cult behavior, just becomes one big long rape scene If it s not bad enough a bunch of people will rape you over and over again, a fish like creature comes from the water and begins to do it too Over and over again for a week this detective gets raped pretty brutally until the point she barely can take it any and offers the fish creature a handjob to satisfy his needs for a minute Then he drinks her pee Then he frees her Thenwell does it even matter any 0 out of 5