||[Mar. 15th, 2017|08:01 am]
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Weird Detective by Fred Van Lente
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A police murder investigation in contemporary Brooklyn intersects with H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos in Van Lente’s scary, funny, and highly enjoyable WEIRD DETECTIVE. The Deep Ones, the Great Race of Yith, even shoggoths and the Starry Wisdom cult all make cameo appearances, but the real star of the show is Detective Sebastian Greene, who knows more about these things than anyone else on the force. The reason for it is one of the comic’s most inventive twists. Van Lente skillfully avoids the usual cliches of Lovecraftian homage — there’s no secret spell book that must be found, no mentions of Cthulhu or any of his Great Old One pals — and delivers a fun take on the classic material that’s perfect for fans of Lovecraft and horror. Cat owners will particularly appreciate the scenes of a telepathic conversation with a house cat.
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