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New Lovecraft Graphic Collection Hits the Shelves

It's weird. Despite being one of the most influential writers of all time, and arguably the most important penman of weird tales ever, H. P. Lovecraft remains somewhat of an underground thing. Sure, you'll see Cthulhu bumper stickers, tabletop games, T-shirts and the like, but there's never been a big-screen adaptation of one of his stories. Even Guillermo del Toro can't get At the Mountains of Madness made, and if he can't get Hollywood to shell out the big bucks, then it's likely that no one can.

So, when Dan Lockwood's Lovecraft Anthology Volume I showed up on my doorstep I asked myself, "Does the world really need another Lovecraft comic book?" After all, the Mythos is already being represented in several current ongoing series, homages to it show up in Witch Doctor and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and there's just really not anything new to tackle.

No, the world doesn't need it, but that's not to say that it isn't worth picking up. In fact, I'd go so far as to call the anthology the best Lovecraft primer I've ever read.

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