One Mad Dog

[Alan Moore’s The Courtyard (Color Edition)] – (Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows)
May 11, 2011, 6:52 pm
Filed under: 6 Stars, Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows

This TPB is really just an over sized comic with a fancy cover and it weighs in at only 52 pages .  It is the story of an undercover FBI guy trying to find a connection between a gruesome set of murders where no connection seems to exist.  It is set in a very run down inner city and Aldo Sax  (the FBI guy) lives in the worst part of it. The book opens with him trying to have a shave only to find that someone has defecated  all over the sink.

The story is told in an unusual two vertical panels per page layout and I really enjoyed it up until the point where Aldo sampled the drug. From then onwards it became a confusing homage to Lovecraft with barely pronounceable words and obscure and abstract concepts.   The story totally lost me at this point and for me it spoiled what was actually a pretty good ending.

Jacen Burrow’s art was fantastic throughout this book especially in the later half with his illustrations of the demonic hallucinations.    It seems that it wouldn’t be a Jacen illustrated book without depictions of extreme violence and this book is no exception.

Its hard for me to recommend this book as the story will probably only really appeal to Lovecraft junkies and devout Alan Moore fans. For me it was just a bit too mystic and arty for its own good in the story department but the art itself was first rate. This special collected edition featured an introduction by Garth Ennis (of whom I am a huge fan) that was probably the worst book introduction I have ever read.  ISBN-13: 978-1592910601. 6/10

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