While I was hoping to see the next installment of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Prequel next week, it looks like that might have to wait a bit. Instead we get G.I. Joe’s installment of Infestation 2 featuring… Cthulu?!
I’ll be honest…I’ve never quite understood so many folks’ fascination with Lovecraft and Cthulu, but I can appreciate the supernatural elements that make up that world. It’s probably very similar to the whole zombie fascination that I’m only slightly more familiar with. Last year with Infestation, the big question was how do you make a zombie storyline work for G.I. Joe? And I think IDW did a pretty decent job.
Now comes Cthulu…and judging by this quick preview, IDW is taking an interesting approach. For a lover of obscure characters like myself, this approach is made even more awesome by the evident focus of the story on what looks to be a Cobra Insane Asylum, featuring everyone’s favorite whacked out characters like Raptor, Cesspool, and… GRISTLE?!? Freaking GRISTLE??!?? Nice!
Color me impressed to see the writers diving deep into the obscure depths. Now in a few days we’ll see what they do with it. Check out the 5-Page Preview at i09.com!
I am eager to read all the modern Joe comics. Last (and only) series I read was Devil’s Due.
Meanwhile, I expect many a Cobra-La “easter egg” in this series.
Who can stop Cthulhu? Earth Corps I hope! The Evil that Lies Within!
The TMNT Infestation 3 books last week was pretty neat. Had a very Hell Boy feel to it. I don’t get the sudden surge in H P Lovecraft interest at IDW
The Eberron (Dungeons&Dragons) infestation comic was pretty damned great. I have cautious hopes for the Joe title.
I have to say as someone who is both a long time G.I. Joe fan and someone whose familiar with HP Lovecraft’s writing I’m very much looking forward to reading this book. I’ve read a lot of Lovecraft’s stories but I think what first got me interested in his work was actually John Carpenter’s movie “In The Mouth of Madness”, which was pretty much a homage to Lovecraft’s work and sums up the basic themes of most of his stories. Horror, madness, dread and the fear of the unknown being chief among them.
I haven’t read any G.I. Joe comics aside from the Special Missions trades, but I will read this series. I love Lovecraft, and seeing some Mythos creatures interact with some of my most beloved pop culture lines is fantastic.
That said, it pains me to no end that IDW wasn’t able to bring Godzilla in on this (probably due to Toho saying no).