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FROM THE ARTIST OF THE EISNER-NOMINATED H.P. LOVECRAFT'S THE HOUND AND OTHER STORIES! January 25, 1931: an expedition team arrives at a campsite in Antarctica...to find its crew of men and sled dogs strewn and dead. Some are hideously mangled, as if in rage--some have been dissected in a curious and cold-blooded manner. Some are missing. But a still more horrific sight is t FROM THE ARTIST OF THE EISNER-NOMINATED H.P. LOVECRAFT'S THE HOUND AND OTHER STORIES! January 25, 1931: an expedition team arrives at a campsite in Antarctica...to find its crew of men and sled dogs strewn and dead. Some are hideously mangled, as if in rage--some have been dissected in a curious and cold-blooded manner. Some are missing. But a still more horrific sight is the star-shaped mound of snow nearby...for under its five points is a grave--and what lies beneath is not human! At the Mountains of Madness is a journey into the core of Lovecraft's mythos--the deep caverns and even deeper time of the inhospitable continent where the secret history of our planet is preserved--amidst the ruins of its first civilization, built by the alien Elder Things with the help of their bioengineered monstrosities, the shoggoths. Since it was first published in Astounding Stories during the classic pulp era, At the Mountains of Madness has influenced both horror and science fiction worldwide!


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FROM THE ARTIST OF THE EISNER-NOMINATED H.P. LOVECRAFT'S THE HOUND AND OTHER STORIES! January 25, 1931: an expedition team arrives at a campsite in Antarctica...to find its crew of men and sled dogs strewn and dead. Some are hideously mangled, as if in rage--some have been dissected in a curious and cold-blooded manner. Some are missing. But a still more horrific sight is t FROM THE ARTIST OF THE EISNER-NOMINATED H.P. LOVECRAFT'S THE HOUND AND OTHER STORIES! January 25, 1931: an expedition team arrives at a campsite in Antarctica...to find its crew of men and sled dogs strewn and dead. Some are hideously mangled, as if in rage--some have been dissected in a curious and cold-blooded manner. Some are missing. But a still more horrific sight is the star-shaped mound of snow nearby...for under its five points is a grave--and what lies beneath is not human! At the Mountains of Madness is a journey into the core of Lovecraft's mythos--the deep caverns and even deeper time of the inhospitable continent where the secret history of our planet is preserved--amidst the ruins of its first civilization, built by the alien Elder Things with the help of their bioengineered monstrosities, the shoggoths. Since it was first published in Astounding Stories during the classic pulp era, At the Mountains of Madness has influenced both horror and science fiction worldwide!

30 review for H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Gou Tanabe has upped his game with this book. The previous volume of his Lovecraft adaptations, The Hound and Other Stories, was fun, but didn't really rise above its novelty value for the most part. I had assumed that it was simply that Lovecraft’s prose is too much a part of his identity for his work to translate well into more visual media. But At the Mountains of Madness is a different beast. Tanabe’s adaptation flows nicely, and I found myself being less conscious of the fact that I was rea Gou Tanabe has upped his game with this book. The previous volume of his Lovecraft adaptations, The Hound and Other Stories, was fun, but didn't really rise above its novelty value for the most part. I had assumed that it was simply that Lovecraft’s prose is too much a part of his identity for his work to translate well into more visual media. But At the Mountains of Madness is a different beast. Tanabe’s adaptation flows nicely, and I found myself being less conscious of the fact that I was reading Lovecraftian manga and simply getting into the story. As the cover states, this is volume one, so only half of the saga of Miskatonic University's ill-fated Antarctic expedition of 1930 is covered. I’m not going to bother summarizing the plot details. This is one of those classic horror tales that should be familiar to all fans of the genre. It's not difficult to find, so go read it if you haven't already. Anyway, this manga covers the story up to the point where the main expedition finds Dr. Lake’s camp … or what’s left of it anyway. The book ends with the expedition about to turn back due to the weather, despite many mysteries unsolved. The final lines, “I am not leaving Antarctica without answers. If the winds subside tomorrow … I fly to the Black Mountains. “ Even if I weren't familiar with the story, the fact that a Volume 2 is forthcoming would lead me to conclude that the winds will be subsiding … Tanabe’s art serves the story well. He keeps to a fairly realistic manga style, and has a flair for the creepy bits when they come up. I am eagerly anticipating some of the scenes that are coming in volume 2. He would seem to be up to the task, and I’d best not expand on that because spoilers … I love the use of silver ink on the cover. Even better is the very first page of the book, with the same scene in silver on matte black paper. Flipping gorgeous it is, and I am dubious that an eReader would give the same effect. I’ll admit that I'm a bit set in my ways with regards to physical media though … An excellent adaptation of an enduring classic. Highly recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Orrin Grey

    We may never get Guillermo del Toro's take on AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, but fortunately we have Gou Tanabe's, which is bracingly cinematic in all the best possible ways, and capable of feats that a movie probably couldn't achieve on any sort of rational budget. We may never get Guillermo del Toro's take on AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, but fortunately we have Gou Tanabe's, which is bracingly cinematic in all the best possible ways, and capable of feats that a movie probably couldn't achieve on any sort of rational budget.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This surpassed my expectations. While many comics have adapted Lovecraft's stories, his writing really has proven difficult to translate. However Tanabe has done about as good as job as possible here. I noticed some other readers mentioned how cinematic this manga is, and I totally agree. You can see from here just how cool a movie could be, although sadly we may never see one. Tanabe is not glossing this over, as this first volume is very in depth and covers the first half of the story without c This surpassed my expectations. While many comics have adapted Lovecraft's stories, his writing really has proven difficult to translate. However Tanabe has done about as good as job as possible here. I noticed some other readers mentioned how cinematic this manga is, and I totally agree. You can see from here just how cool a movie could be, although sadly we may never see one. Tanabe is not glossing this over, as this first volume is very in depth and covers the first half of the story without compromise. It's always interesting to see Lovecraft's creatures being represented in art, as his descriptions are often open to interpretation. Tanabe has done a great job here. I have never looked this up, but seeing this story presented graphically makes me wonder if the source material was an influence on John Carpenter for his classic horror film "The Thing." Looking forward to the conclusion as so far this is very well done.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Good first installment. Looking forward to the second volume and continuing the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jordi

    Some of the panels are breathtaking - a must for Lovecraft fans.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Fantastic in both word and detailed fine line black and white artwork, Tanabe adapts Lovecraft's "long form" story about the expedition to the Antarctic by a group of explorers and scientists and what they find there in the ice, snow, and caves. Reading this reminded me a bit of Kirkman's "Walking Dead" comics with both being in black & white and featuring fine line, great detail, and panels both large and small. Just an amazing adaptation and easily among the best I have seen of Lovecraft's Fantastic in both word and detailed fine line black and white artwork, Tanabe adapts Lovecraft's "long form" story about the expedition to the Antarctic by a group of explorers and scientists and what they find there in the ice, snow, and caves. Reading this reminded me a bit of Kirkman's "Walking Dead" comics with both being in black & white and featuring fine line, great detail, and panels both large and small. Just an amazing adaptation and easily among the best I have seen of Lovecraft's work. I want to see out Tanabe's other Lovecraft adaptations now.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    4,5/5. Continuing on my Lovecraft journey (original works, adaptations and followers works). This one was a very interesting manga adaptation of the Lovecraft story. The ambiance is well represented, the story feel good, the art is good and I really enjoy reading it. I read a bunch of Lovecraft comic adaptation but this was my first manga.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nelson

    Incredible adaptation thus far. I have only read part of the original novella but dare I say that this adaptation is a lot more enjoyable, as we skip the more boring parts of Lovecraft's prose (his rambling descriptions and tedious pacing). I expect that the second half will be even more engaging. Honestly I could marvel at Tanabe's mountainscapes for days and not lose an ounce of awe. Can't wait to see his depictions of the stuff coming up in the second half. Incredible adaptation thus far. I have only read part of the original novella but dare I say that this adaptation is a lot more enjoyable, as we skip the more boring parts of Lovecraft's prose (his rambling descriptions and tedious pacing). I expect that the second half will be even more engaging. Honestly I could marvel at Tanabe's mountainscapes for days and not lose an ounce of awe. Can't wait to see his depictions of the stuff coming up in the second half.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Connor Foley

    Shamelessly reading Manga to hit my book challenge mark for the year. The paneling and framing of this is incredible, portrays a massive and ominous scope. Never read lovecraft before, feels fresh in this format.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Megan Farve

    I enjoy H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountain of Madness in any format, but I really enjoyed the art in this edition as well. I can’t wait for the second volume!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Václav

    (3,5 of 5 for another confusing comics take on H. P. Lovecraft) It's never easy with Cthulhu mythos and the image of world Lovecraft created. Because it's hard to transfer "unspeakable" or "mindbending" to something visual and still that fascinating and chilling. And yet there is always someone who wants to tackle it. This time manga creator. The result is confusing. I can't say it's bad, but it isn't good neither. The story is there, but panels are sometimes confusing, chaotic or depicting someth (3,5 of 5 for another confusing comics take on H. P. Lovecraft) It's never easy with Cthulhu mythos and the image of world Lovecraft created. Because it's hard to transfer "unspeakable" or "mindbending" to something visual and still that fascinating and chilling. And yet there is always someone who wants to tackle it. This time manga creator. The result is confusing. I can't say it's bad, but it isn't good neither. The story is there, but panels are sometimes confusing, chaotic or depicting something I can't tell what it is. Usually some kind of landscape. Too much of it. Too much of empty stares to some chaotic curves. Maybe the author intended to show something but also not show it in detail/precisely, but it usually ends as some Pollock art. Text is rather confusing too, the dialogues are stiff, sometimes random and generic they look that they do not connect. It can be Dark Horse translation (I would bet on that), but sometimes, with this kind of bubbles which do not point to the speaker, it could be annoying as hell. One last thing, which bothered me the whole time, are the faces. Almost everybody's face looks like they're holding tremendous shit or they are possessed by evil from the start (or probably both). Characters usually have one or two facial expressions and the whole book looks like if the mannequins from Bushman took off from the shop window and went to the expedition.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bill Hsu

    Like Tanabe's earlier adaptation of "The Hound", there are lovingly rendered textures and lighting effects. He also uses more large panels, opening up the layout, so the small format is not so problematic. I remember the original as a narrative where very little happens. Unfortunately, Tanabe chose to fill things in with the kind of small talk that I have little patience for. But the fans seem to enjoy the likes of "You packed the lime juice and cocoa?" "Yes, we've got it." ... "Gedney, are you a Like Tanabe's earlier adaptation of "The Hound", there are lovingly rendered textures and lighting effects. He also uses more large panels, opening up the layout, so the small format is not so problematic. I remember the original as a narrative where very little happens. Unfortunately, Tanabe chose to fill things in with the kind of small talk that I have little patience for. But the fans seem to enjoy the likes of "You packed the lime juice and cocoa?" "Yes, we've got it." ... "Gedney, are you all right?" etc There are also occasional odd glitches in the translation ("aëroplane"?) I see this is continued in Volume 2. I can't take another 250+ pages of this, and no one needs to hear me complain about it some more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matt Midlock

    This first volume is an excellent setup for the madness to come in the second volume!

  14. 5 out of 5

    James

    Well written adaptation. The vistas of the mountains are breathtaking.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rino

    Fantastic adaptation of the Lovecraft novel. The intricate artwork is stellar and sometimes deliberately confusing which I feel is perfectly suited to the source material. Page turns feel positively cinematic at times with their full-page spreads and solid black chapter interludes acting as cuts and edits. These two felt oddly familiar tough... Fantastic adaptation of the Lovecraft novel. The intricate artwork is stellar and sometimes deliberately confusing which I feel is perfectly suited to the source material. Page turns feel positively cinematic at times with their full-page spreads and solid black chapter interludes acting as cuts and edits. These two felt oddly familiar tough...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike Cook

    The line work in this manga adds immeasurably to my enjoyment of this classic. Tanabe’s mountain range panoramas in particular helped to draw me in.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    This is a remarkable adaptation, it remains loyal to the source material when it needs to and elaborates when it needs to. Gorgeous artwork. This is the kind of thing all adaptations need to aspire to be.

  18. 5 out of 5

    John

    Gou Tanabe is doing the only manga that interests me right now. Hyperrealistic Lovecraft adaptations. You blaze through almost 300 pages and now there is a wait for volume 2 of At The Mountains Of Madness.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Anything that involves cold weather and mystery hills always has my attention

  20. 5 out of 5

    Edwin Dyer

    I'll be honest that it has been many, many years since I read Lovecraft's 1936 published "At the Mountains of Madness" so from that aspect, I cannot say how close Tanabe's adaptation is to the original. The cover reminds me of how the book might have appeared if it was solely a Japanese title and for all I know, maybe it is the original Japanese cover with the English added in. The art style is not the "usual" manga fare with big eyes. It is far more realistic though the panel layout, flow, and I'll be honest that it has been many, many years since I read Lovecraft's 1936 published "At the Mountains of Madness" so from that aspect, I cannot say how close Tanabe's adaptation is to the original. The cover reminds me of how the book might have appeared if it was solely a Japanese title and for all I know, maybe it is the original Japanese cover with the English added in. The art style is not the "usual" manga fare with big eyes. It is far more realistic though the panel layout, flow, and how the art is laid out shows the typical hallmarks of Japanese manga. It reads very quickly and can be finished in under an hour even though it is 288 pages long. For any fan of H.P. Lovecraft, I would recommend adding this to one's library and certainly seek out the second part as well as Tanabe's "H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories" adaptation.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kirk

    This wasn’t as captivating as a lot of the stuff I have been reading lately, but it was good enough for me to pick up the second volume. The prospect of finding new species, or something that disrupts our sense of the world and our existence, is still exciting to me. But the whole psychodrama where man loses their shit at the prospect of finding something has grown a bit old to me. I felt like I was just reading supernatural Moby Dick or something. Art work is what folks rave about in the Amazon This wasn’t as captivating as a lot of the stuff I have been reading lately, but it was good enough for me to pick up the second volume. The prospect of finding new species, or something that disrupts our sense of the world and our existence, is still exciting to me. But the whole psychodrama where man loses their shit at the prospect of finding something has grown a bit old to me. I felt like I was just reading supernatural Moby Dick or something. Art work is what folks rave about in the Amazon reviews. Feel like I missed something. There were a lot of close ups of the mountain ranges that, yeah, looked kind of alive or like bodies were in there, but the cover of Sepultura’s Arise did it better, and I guess left me feeling like, “that’s it?” Overall it was good though. I enjoyed it and burned through it quickly.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Soucy

    "Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!" That was one of the best Lovecraft adaptation that I've read in a long time! The spacing of the story is perfect (dare I say, better than the original story!) and the artwork is absolutely stunning! I also immensely appreciated Gou Tanabe's adaptations of The Temple, The Hound, and The Nameless City (published by Dark Horse in 2017, under the title H.P. Lovecraft's The Hound and Other Stories. Let's hope Dark Horse will release more volumes of Tanabe's adaptation of the C "Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!" That was one of the best Lovecraft adaptation that I've read in a long time! The spacing of the story is perfect (dare I say, better than the original story!) and the artwork is absolutely stunning! I also immensely appreciated Gou Tanabe's adaptations of The Temple, The Hound, and The Nameless City (published by Dark Horse in 2017, under the title H.P. Lovecraft's The Hound and Other Stories. Let's hope Dark Horse will release more volumes of Tanabe's adaptation of the Cthulhu Mythos in the future. I know Tanabe already finished The Colour Out of Space, The Haunter of the Dark, Dagon, The Shadow Out of Time, The Outsider and has just begun the adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Flow Chi Minh

    I have never read the original, but Tanabe's retelling certainly wants me to give it a go. I can see John Carpenter's The Thing drew much inspiration from this story of a research team who journey to Antarctica only to find something sinister. The art here is beautiful when you can make it out. There are sections where the darks of the black and white pages get lost, as is common with b&w graphic features. Still, 85% of the pages are gorgeously eerie and I have already preordered the second part I have never read the original, but Tanabe's retelling certainly wants me to give it a go. I can see John Carpenter's The Thing drew much inspiration from this story of a research team who journey to Antarctica only to find something sinister. The art here is beautiful when you can make it out. There are sections where the darks of the black and white pages get lost, as is common with b&w graphic features. Still, 85% of the pages are gorgeously eerie and I have already preordered the second part.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ghostcat

    This is truly a visual masterpiece, finally someone able to rendeer the abstractions described by Lovecraft. The high quality of drawings is stunning, we can feel the coldness of the antartic and the passion that animates the scientists. The gradually oppressive and scary atmosphere of Lovecraft is perfectly restored here.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shamanjules

    Exploratory excitement quickly turns survival doom as scientists make reckless decisions in the wastes of Antarctica. Gou Tanabe does the impossible and brings to life a novella that reads more like a textbook at times and fills the panels with existential fear and dread.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jefferson

    An excellent and faithful adaptation of Lovecraft's novella. An excellent and faithful adaptation of Lovecraft's novella.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Great story, LOVE the art.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sebastien

    atmospheric, a good adaptation of a HP Lovecraft story is hard to find, this one did not disappoint, the storytelling is great the pacing of the story is creepy and the art is perfect for this

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    Gorgeous. Those two page panoramic spreads are just lovely. Can't wait for the next part! Gorgeous. Those two page panoramic spreads are just lovely. Can't wait for the next part!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily Lissek

    What a bonus it is to read this amazing story again with imagery! A great introduction to manga and the macarb ^_^

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