I remember the anticipation before watching the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, as I remember a friend telling me just how good the Alan Moore comic was. So when I did sit down to watch, I suffered a profound disappointment, as what could have been a conceivably good movie, based on concept alone, and turned out to be a dud. The movie, was just another of those movies, in a long line of “comic book based” movies, that perpetuated the belief in the movie industry at the time, that these movies were not. This was of course, before fans of these series started making movies themselves, and the disconnect between filmmaker and source material was apparent.
Stories where well-known characters and/or classic historical figures, are often high concept and often fail in providing the type of story where interesting adventures could evolve to. HP Lovecraft is one of those figures of horror fiction, which has a long strange history due to his personal beliefs. Nikola Tesla, on the other hand, is one of the more celebrated icons of science and is more revered than most of his peers. So when I saw that John Reilly was writing a series which involved the adventures of HP Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla, I was intrigued but felt some trepidation.
Within this world, Amelia Earhart and Nikola Tesla are engaged, and all of Lovecraft’s books are based on true accounts and he knows how to cast spells and possesses supernatural powers, almost like Constantine. So when Earhart goes missing on her infamous flight, Tesla has to work with Lovecraft to find her. Tesla, comes more like Sherlock Holmes than anything, often deducing situations using scientific reasoning. Within this volume, Earhart is lost in another dimension; Tesla and Lovecraft fight a Leviathan made of books at Mark Twain’s party, Houdini conducts séances and travels to alternate dimensions with Aleister Crowley.
Altogether, the best way to describe this series is if you got the best elements of Sleepy Hollow, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Penny Dreadful, you will have beautiful series. The story by John Reilly shows and proves that you can create awesome stories involving historical figures. The art by Tom Rogers and Dexter Weeks is solid throughout the book and more than highlights each historical figures eccentricity. Overall, a solid comic book form start to finish and will suffice any history fan and really any fan of great storytelling.
Story: John Reilly Art: Tom Rogers and Dexter Weeks
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: BUY
Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review