Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Shadow Out of Time Graphic Novel Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By H.P. Lovecraft and Adapted By I.N.J. Culbard
Art and Cover By I.N.J. Culbard

Published By Self Made Hero

Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller


Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee is a university professor who suffers from fainting spells in 1980, only to regain his senses in 1913.

The more he tries to understand those missing five years of his life, the more wild and disturbing his dreams become.

It sends him on a voyage through time and space as he seeks to unlock the secrets of the universe.

Prepare for a disorientating journey into tense storytelling heightened by Culbard's crisply atmospheric artwork.


When you get a Self Made Hero graphic novel, you always know what to expect.  Good writing, good art work and some truly fantastic adaptations.

That is most definitely the case here, maybe even more so because of the talent involved.  When you find I.N.J. Culbard as the author / artist then you are in for a treat.

Culbard has a knack for doing near word for word adaptations of Lovecraft's works, within reason, and some fantastic artwork that makes the story come to life.

Here, Culbard's work once again absolutely flies off of the  page.  The slow pacing and menacing tone of the story is kept here just like it is in the original Lovecraft story.  The fact that the story is so truthful to the original tone and feel of the story just shows how talented a person  Culbard is.  I honestly find that the adaptations just seem to get better and better.

Art wise, Culbard is once again spot on with the feel of the panels and how the graphic novel is set up in general.  The art is superb in that it really brings the story to life, especially the claustrophobic feel of the story.  The use of the shadows and settings really adds to a feeling of dread and uneasiness.

Through the whole graphic novel the writing and art combine to really get under the readers skin and hook you in until you reach the end and even then, you're not really sure what to make of it all.  I like that a lot in that you're the one that decides what happened because the ending isn't spelled out for you.  It's nice that a Lovecraft adaptation isn't simplified.  The story is here in all it's glory and the fact that it is entirely up to the reader whether the story happened for real or not is great and you could honestly read it multiple times and come to a different conclusion every time.

Once again, Self Made Hero has released yet another quality adaptation of a classic work and if I'm completely honest, I honestly can't see any end in sight for their momentum set by the other quality releases.  This one is definitely one of their best yet and considering the sheer amount of quality that they have released before, that is a massive recommendation.

Story 4/5
Art 5/5
Overall 9/10

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