Friday, February 17, 2012
Last year comic book publisher IDW did a series called Infestation, linking many of their series through a common menace. It went so well that they're doing it again this year in Infestation 2 . What's cool about it this time is that the common menace, or rather menaces, are the creatures of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Not homages or vaguely Cthulian creatures, but honest to gosh Lovecraft entities. IDW publishes a lot of licensed properties so in Infestation 2 we get to see the likes of Transformers, Dungeons and Dragons, G.I. Joe, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles square off against Cthulhu and the gang. Chuck Dixon's Transformers versus Deep Ones has been the most fun so far, though writer Paul Crilley does a nice Sherlock Holmes riff in Dungeons and Dragons with an elf acting in the Holmes role and a dwarf as Watson. Tentacled horrors. Gibbering and slavering. Robots. Elves. Turtles. What more do you want? I'm having a lot of fun with this mini-series.