Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Graphic Novel Review: AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS Adapted by I.N.J. Culbard

I’m not very familiar with the actual words of H.P. Lovecraft despite the fact that I’ve seen a ton of films based on or inspired by his stories.  His unique eye for horror and the strange & unusual has inspired countless filmmakers and storytellers for ages of which I am very familiar so it is with great pleasure that I can say that I.N.J. Culbard’s adaptation and illustrated graphic novel for Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness is a fine example of a suspenseful psychological horror story.
Don’t let Culbard’s simply line work and vibrant colors foul you (I almost did).  Culbard’s artwork is direct and to the point while also giving off an atmosphere of impending dread.  The story involves a group of scientists who travel to the Antarctic on a research exploration but when they discover an artifact from an unknown civilization some of the scientists venture out to find the source of this artifact which leads them to the discovery of a long lost civilization of beings that predate man. 
Culbard knows how to build up the suspense for the slow burn of the story which only gives the final act that much bigger of a punch.  Fans of Lovecraft should enjoy the way in which Culbard has adapted the story and its actually a good jumping on point for those who are not familiar with Lovecraft’s more obscure works.

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