Comic Book Review: Neonomicon #3 – The Language at the Threshold

Cover Art for Alan Moore's Neonomicon #3

Story: Alan Moore
Art: Jacen Burrows

In a Nutshell

Neonomicon is basically Alan Moore’s latest take on the works by the legendary writer HP Lovecraft. The story takes place after the horrific events in The Courtyard, Moore’s previous two-issue miniseries also based on Lovecraftian lore.

Neonomicon starts with two FBI agents, Gordon Lamper and Merril Brears, investigating a series of ruthless killings that closely resemble the ones committed by former bureau agent Aldo Sax, who’s now behind bars. In this comicbook issue, we find Agent Brears repeatedly being abused by a lascivious fish monster that looks very much like a giant walking penis, except for the fact that it has sharp fins and spikes and an extremely large sexual organ to match.

What's Cool

  • Avid fans of HP Lovecraft’s work will have an easy time grasping this story.
  • Artwork for the fictional city of R’lyeh is just awesome, jibes perfectly with the horror-slash-mystery tone of the book.
  • The mystery about what awaits Agent Brears has got me hooked.
  • One thing that I’m really impressed about this comicbook issue is the color work.

What's Crap

  • Neonomicon #3, or the entire comics series for that matter, is definitely not for young readers. Just like the second issue, this one borders on porn comics – and a deep one at that.
  • Lovecraftian language known as Aklo can be a letdown for comicbook readers who are not hardcore fans of HP Lovecraft’s work.
  • I just couldn’t understand Agent Brears’ attitude towards the giant fish monster that abused her repeatedly. After turning her into a sex slave for days, she offers the monster some bread and even hand jobs the dude. Granting that the agent had to deal with a sexual addiction problem before, still, where did that come from?

The Bottom Line

Personally, I think Alan Moore’s Neonomicon is all about hardcore fans of HP Lovecraft actually experiencing his work in the real world and eventually graduating into psychopaths. I must admit, this comicbook story provides a unique angle on Lovecraftian lore and it’s nice to see where Moore will ultimately lead readers. Despite the fact that the story can be a bit dragging for the reader, I’ll reserve my judgment at the end of the series. The bottom line is, if you’re a Lovecraft fan, or if at least you’ve read some of his works, then this issue – along with the rest of the series – is definitely a good read.