Fall of Cthulhu #3 - Boom Studios (2007)

This book strikes the perfect balance between creepy and cool. The cover above by Vatche Mavlian gives you a good idea of what you're in for. There's another cover by Tyler Walpole which can be seen here. The story started out dark with the protagonist's beloved uncle committing suicide right in front of him and it's only gone further down the spiral from there.

Michael Alan Nelson is building the story at an appropriately slow pace but the action picked up seriously in the last few panels of this issue. Jean Dzialowski's art drives home each one of Nelson's words like a spike to the brain. His Dreamlands scenes are spectacular and his "real-world" scenes are oppressive and claustrophobic just like the protagonist's life.

The protagonist, Cy Morgan, is sliding further into despair and corruption as he tries to figure out why his uncle killed himself. Everything around him is falling apart and a lot of that is his fault for pursuing this mystery. It's kinda like Veronica Mars without so many cameos from the Home Improvement kids.

If you're into any combination of Lovecraft, creepy stories, great art or tight writing, check this out.


Patrick said...

Hey, I don't know if you remember me - Patrick McEvoy, artist on the Gatesville Company which was apparently a hit here on N.C. :) Just thought I'd let you know I'll be doing covers for Fall of Cthulhu starting with #6 and going through #10. They're actually already done - I a lot of fun with them!

And, speaking of me, I'm doing a new series from Archaia Studios Press called Starkweather: Immortal, coming out at the end of this month. The first issue is based on an original story by Piers Anthony, and the text version of the story is included in the issue. Hope you like it.

Vaklam said...

Thanks for the info, Patrick! I'm glad to know what you're up to lately and I'll definitely pick up Starkweather: Immortal.

Your covers are just one more reason to keep Fall of Cthulhu in my holdbox.