Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall of Cthulhu Vol. 1 The Fugue Review

Fall of Cthulhu Vol. 1 - The Fugue
Boom! Studios
Softcover Trade Paperback
136 pages
$14.99 (2008)
ISBN 9781934506196

Contributors: Michael Alan Nelson, Jean-Jacque Dzialowski, Andrew Ritchie, and Tyler Walpole

Reprints: Fall of Cthulhu #0-5

Synopsis: Cy Morgan is a student at Miskatonic University in the city of Arkham and is spending lunchtime with Jordan, his fiance.  Their meal is interrupted by his Uncle Walt who is an anthropology professor and supposed to be on a dig in South America.  He looks disheveled and acts strangely, making Cy promise to stop "him". 

Then Uncle Walt blows his brains out. 

Cy attempts to pick up the pieces after his uncle's suicide and looks for clues at the Arkham Boarding House where Walt kept a room.  The air of the place is heavy with uncertain dread and Cy meets Mr. Arkham, the owner of the house.  Cy inspects his uncle's room and finds bizarre artifacts. 

The suicide begins to drive a wedge into Cy's relationship with Jordan as more weird events happen and he feels compelled to delve deeper into the mystery.  Then the dreams start - Cy is transported to a surreal landscape with menacing beings who tell him of the impending return of dread Elder Gods and the awakening of Cthulhu. 

Pros: Creepy mystery story filled with plenty of apprehension, expanding on the Cthulhu mythos created by H.P. Lovecraft

Cons: Art is unexceptional, some parts of story are predictable

Mike Tells It Straight: Perfect for any fan of H.P. Lovecraft and his creepy elder gods from outer-dimensional space.  A good horror mystery and the same quality as an exceptional Vertigo book during their heyday (not quite Sandman, but perhaps The Dreaming).  The art is my only complaint, but it doesn't detract heavily from this dark, moody thriller.

TO BUY and Recommendations: