How often do you see an H.P. Lovecraft or Cthulhu comic that’s made for all ages? Not too often, that’s for sure! But that’s exactly what Howard Lovecraft and the Three Kingdoms delivers to the reader. It’s a trio of tales that brings the darkness to children and adults alike! Do I have your attention now? Read on to find out more!
As I said above, there are three different stories within this graphic novel, all humorous and highly entertaining. The primary character is a young Howard Lovecraft (you probably deduced that from the title) and, as many are, he is a curious, adventurous boy. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the most stable home life since his father was sent to an asylum. But it is because of that fact that he is exposed to the dark forces that permeate these tales.
Guitarist William Garland is back to playing music once again, but not to the level of fame where he once was.
In 27: Second Set Issue #1, William Garland returns to his former life: playing guitar and being passionate about the music. Unfortunately, Garland isn’t as famous as he once was. He thinks his life is just as bad as when he couldn’t play guitar at all. Garland craves the fame of being known and wants it badly. When an accident happens with the magical contraption built into his chest, Garland uses its power to catapult himself back into the limelight but unknowingly catches the eyes of a villain.
The previous 27 miniseries was a favorite of mine earlier this year and I was hoping for another volume of the series. I got my wish. 27: Second Set is an excellent start to what seems to be another thrilling ride. William Garland seems to be obsessed with getting back to his famous status that he once claimed, but is causing a lot of road bumps along the way.
27 #3 Written by Charles Soule
Art by Renzo Podesta
Cover by W. Scott Forbes
Release date: February 9, 2011
27 is a 4-issue miniseries written by Charles Soule and drawn by Renzo Podesta. The series focuses on famous guitarist Will Garland, who has just turned 27 years old. Significantly, 27 is also the age in which many high-profile musicians have died. Will’s left hand has developed a nerve disorder leaving him unable to play guitar again. Will searches for a way to play again through unorthodox means, which leads to a device that allows him to play again for a short time but ultimately leads to a whole other world of creativity.
27 #3 unlocks some of the mysteries of the series. Many secrets are revealed and Will takes an interesting ride to figure out the meaning behind a secret entity that has a tighter hold on his life with every click of the device.
Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom Paperback
Writer: Bruce Brown
Penciler: Renzo Podesta
Colorist: Renzo Podesta
Editor: Dwight L. MacPherson Arcana Comics
Release date: February 10, 2010
Are you looking for an adventure into a fantastical world with unique creatures you have never seen before? Well if you are you, then should definitely read Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom. If you are at all interested in HP Lovecraft stories, than this is definitely the trade for you. It is a dark story with a lighthearted nature about its characters and dialogue and is a very interesting new take on the HP Lovecraft theme.
The adventure starts off as Howard’s mother is unsure as to whether or not Howard should meet his father in the Arkham Sanitarium. Her decision is cut short when Howard is too curious and finds he has to look into the cell and tell his father how much he misses him. Then his father, very clearly disturbed by what he has experienced, warns Howard never to read his journal or go to the world where he visited.