It’s an imaginative conclusion and it’s… okay. It’s beneath Moore, sure, and I’m sorry he took such a—there’s no other word for it—fan-fic way out. But it’s okay.
It doesn’t quite make having reread The Courtyard worth it but he comes really close with it.
Moore kind of takes something one might think is completely unsuited for the graphic form and turns it into a comic book. The issue ends with talking heads and it kills the issue’s momentum. The characters explain everything in expository dialogue.
If this series were something Moore actually cared about, he’d have spent the issue a completely different way. I’m thinking about all the time he took with Promethea. He doesn’t bother (and Burrows probably couldn’t have made it look good enough—I like Burrows, but he’s got his limits and he hits them here a lot).
Neonomicon’s a nutty, decent series.
The Lurker Within; writer, Alan Moore; artist, Jacen Burrows; colorist, Juanmar; editor, William Christensen; publisher, Avatar Press.