|Pay attention in school kids, as the skills acquired could prove life-saving!|
The two panels both reinforce an important theme (whether intended or not) to the most recent issues of both comics: the power of reading. Based on what I've read in both stories, reading (like all power) may still be used for good or evil.
The panel above, from IDW Publishing's H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror #4, a modernization of the original Lovecraft story, depicts the use of reading by the protagonist to save the world. The message here: under the right circumstances, the power to read can be utilized to maintain an inter dimensional portal intended to suck "evil" out of our plane of existence. Unfortunately for my plane of existence, these panels are among the most compelling things about this four-issue miniseries. Even worse is my own "I-can't-quit-you" approach to purchasing a series run once I've begun it. Though it seems to me unnecessary, I love to support the idea of Lovecraft's work being somehow recast in a modern setting (done to a much greater effect in the film version of Stephen King's The Mist), this series just didn't hook me as much as I had hoped it would.
|I's all fun and games until bad guys start getting ripped in half...|
While this week's haul from the new release table is mildly disappointing (there were a couple "okay" titles), it was interesting to pick up on the thematic similarities between two relatively dissimilar titles. In the final analysis, I would strongly suggest a nice novella by John Steinbeck or Edith Wharton as more sensible (and beneficial) alternative, and as a stronger evidence of the power of reading.