NECM   (Fleetway Quality, 2003)

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Dark Horse’s Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained starred Charles Fort and a young H.P. Lovecraft as early-20th century Men in Black. This volume increases the concept, as Fort and a somewhat older Lovecraft team with Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to save humanity from a threat from beyond.

Before you get righteously indignant that this story has unjustly appropriated Dark Horse’s concept, be advised that it’s a reprint. It originally appeared serialized in 2000 A.D. #1223-1230 in 2001.

The villain of the tale appears to be another celebrated figure of the day. Wisely, this controversial figure is not named in the tale, leaving it open.

The world of the Necronauts is black and white. Appropriately, so is the art. It is a little weird and creepy. In fact, it is probably the perfect amount of weird and creepy to convey the mood.

One of the Necronauts is portrayed in a negative light, which seems unfair at first. Once the reader sees where Rennie goes with it, it works better.

A principal character dies at the story’s end. (No spoiler warning is necessary; it’s a historical fact.) This appears to limit the likelihood of a reunion, but, with a premise such as this, anything is possible.

— Jack Abramowitz

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Reprints 2000 A.D. #2000; 1st appearance of the Necronauts; B&WGordon RennieFrazer Irving