'''''Neonomicon''''' is a four part comic miniseries by Creator/AlanMoore from 2010. It continues the narrative of his 1994 short story ''The Courtyard'', which had been converted into a comic back in 2003.

The comic tells the story of FBI agents Brears and Lamper who are sent to continue the investigation of the occult murders that had been happening in ''The Courtyard''. They uncover everything that previously happened extremely quickly. Then [[FromBadToWorse things take a turn for the worse...]] No, not even a turn for the worse, more of a nosedive straight downhill from there.

It's worth noting that the reason for this comic's genesis was [[MoneyDearBoy largely due to some pecuniary issues Moore was having at the time]]. In an interview with ''Wired Magazine'': Moore said "I had a tax bill coming up, and I needed some money quickly. So I happened to be talking to William [A. Christensen] from Creator/AvatarPress, and he suggested that he could provide some if I was up for doing a four-part series, so I did. So although I took it to pay off the tax bill, I'm always going to make sure I try and make it the best possible story I can."

In another interview, Moore stated that it was his intention to do the exact opposite of Lovecraft's usual "[[NothingIsScarier fear of the unknown]]" shtick by showing ''everything'' (in the most graphic detail possible) regarding the "nameless rituals" and "blasphemous rites" that the author only ever alluded to. As such, the comic contains numerous explicit (some might say pornographic) sex scenes, nearly all of which involve inter-species rape.

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!! Tropes:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Despite raping her constantly, the Deep One does seem to care about Brears, helping her escape when he learns that she is pregnant.
* AffablyEvil: Johnny Carcosa is rather chummy and easygoing for an avatar of Nyarlathotep.
* AlienGeometries: The Plateau of Leng definitely qualifies. R'lyeh is actually Agent Brears's '''womb'''.
* TheAntichrist: In this case, it turns out to be Cthulhu!
* ApocalypseMaiden: Agent Merrill Brears by the end.
* ArcadianInterlude: Brears has one, mid-rape. Only it's in R'lyeh. With Nyarlathotep.
* ArtificialLimbs: Carl Pearlman has a very ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''-looking bionic hand because Sax cut off his real one.
* {{Asexuality}}:
** What the detectives (and by extension, Moore) seem to think Lovecraft was. They discuss the idea that all of Lovecraft's [[EldritchAbomination horrors]] may simply have come [[FreudWasRight from his own personal revulsion at the very idea of sex]].
** Sax is also asexual, as a consequence of being more or less a modern take on Lovecraft himself.
* BareYourMidriff: Both Carter and Brears both rock this look sometimes.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Arguably, Agent Brears. Multiple rapes, the death of her partner, and being impregnated with Cthulhu seem to have turned her around to the idea of destroying the world by the end of the story.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: The Dagon cultists react positively to the size of the Deep One's penis, but Brears finds it painful after a while.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Played completely straight. [[JustifiedTrope Possibly justified]] due to Moore's stated intentions to tackle the racism of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft's works]].
* BookEnds: The first and the last pages are identical.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: While the series doesn't shy away from discussing Lovecraft's infamous racial hang-ups, as is often the case with Lovecraft adaptations, the Deep One's design has been altered to conform to modern sensibilities. While the originals were described as flabby-lipped and bulgy-eyed, invoking comparisons to golliwog caricatures, the Deep One here is drawn with a lipless, sunken-eyed visage, looking like nothing so much as a humanoid coelacanth ([[AdaptationalBadass which, you have to admit, looks a whole lot cooler]]).
* CelebrityParadox:
** Sax's look and general demeanor are based upon Lovecraft's. This happens in a universe where Lovecraft and his work do exist.
** This is actually played with quite interestingly. In the original story, ''The Courtyard'', it seems like it's just another story in the CthulhuMythos Universe taking place in modern times. It isn't until the second chapter of ''Neonomicon'' that Brears mentioned H.P. Lovecraft. Sax just never made the connection in the earlier story because he'd never heard of him, it having been written right around the time Lovecraft's works were only just starting to begin the huge resurgence in popularity they gained through the Internet.
* CountryMatters: Dropped by Sax when describing his neighbor, Germaine. Later, Agent Brears unleashes one of these, combined with a PrecisionFStrike, on the female cult leader who's just casually informed her that when the Deep One's finished raping her, the cult will kill her.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The story takes the works of H.P Lovecraft to some very dark places that even Lovecraft himself danced around or demurred from going to. Let that sink in for a moment.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Lamper and Brears seem perfectly at ease with getting naked around each other, and Lamper gets very defensive when a fellow agent asks if they're having sex, but nothing sexual is ever confirmed.
* DomedHometown: One clue that this is not our universe is that cities have pollution-filtering domes over them.
* DramaticDeadpan: Agent Brears uses this when she visits Sax for the second time. Seeing as how she's using it to inform him that her partner was killed by the Dagon cultists, who went on to gang-rape her and turn her over to a Deep One, who raped her repeatedly, in the process of which she became impregnated with C'thulhu, but she's decided that humans are basically "vermin" so she's more or less okay with the impending death of the species, the effect is terrifying. Sax himself is terrified.
* EldritchAbomination: [[CaptainObvious It's based on Lovecraft.]] Agent Brears turns out to be Cthulhu's mother!
* ExoticEquipment: We get to see quite a bit of Deep One penis, and it's pretty much a regular penis. Played somewhat straight in that Deep Ones seem to be able to go at it for hours without any kind of male refractory period at all. Some of the sex toys depicted are pretty out there, as well.
* ExtremeOmnisexual: The Dagon cultists are this to a tee.
* {{Fanservice}}: The majority of the nudity has the opposite effect, but the few pages of Brears undressing in her hotel room certainly qualify.
* FanDisservice: The Comic! Issue #1 starts out as a fairly typical PoliceProcedural; by Issue #2 things are getting weirder... until the last few pages. [[FromBadToWorse It's all downhill from there. So very, very far downhill...]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Dagon cultists. While they initially appear to be just eccentric folk with weird fetishes who enjoy secret orgies (and [[StepfordSmiler who grin too much]]), they ultimately come off as more repugnant than the Mythos beings the protagonists meet.
* FishPeople: Again, [[Creator/HPLovecraft it's Lovecraft.]] And we get to see '''exactly''' how those Deep One hybrids get made.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Johnny Carcosa.
* {{Gorn}}: A few pages of it; largely downplayed in favor of altogether more disturbing imagery.
* KickTheDog: The female cult leader telling Agent Brears that without her wig, she's not even that good-looking: this is after Brears has been repeatedly raped by the cult and by their quasi-pet Deep One.
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: The comics take place around the time they were written but lots of the technology and other things are more advanced, or at least... different. In addition to the aforementioned domes all of the phone booths have built-in fax machines, Louis Farrakhan has a holiday named after him, UsefulNotes/BillClinton declared war on Syria in the mid-1990s, and the US dollar has recently undergone a revaluation.
* MentalTimeTravel: Lovecraft's writings and other CthulhuMythos stories and visions of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are actually a result of four-dimensional "echoes" of powerful, highly evolved beings from Earth's distant future.
* NobodyPoops: Germaine defecates in a sink (off-panel, but the feces is shown), and Brears urinates by the side of the pool while in captivity (on-panel). The latter becomes plot-relevant when the Deep One smells (and tastes) her urine, and discovers that she's pregnant.
* NonMaliciousMonster: The Deep One; he takes Agent Brears by force, multiple times, but he doesn't seem to understand that he's harming her and he doesn't brutalize her wantonly, to him it's nothing more than mating. Plus, when he understands that she's pregnant, he gently brings her into the water, breaks the gate that confined her with his free hand, helps her escape, and then goes back and proceeds to rip the Dagon cultists apart to prevent them from harming her.
* OccultDetective: The two protagonists. Not that they're fully aware of this at the start.
* PlaceBeyondTime: Both R'lyeh and the Plateau of Leng.
* PuttingOnTheReich:
** Sax in the mental hospital has carved a swastika into his own forehead. The mental hospital clerk refers to him as "Der Führer".
** In ''The Courtyard'' he's merely a casual bigot who uses a lot of racial slurs, which seems to be Moore trying to stay true to the tone of actual Lovecraft stories, but he goes whole hog with it once he loses his mind.
* RapeAsDrama: A '''deeply''' disquieting look at the "blasphemous rites" Lovecraft talks about in his works.
* ReallyGetsAround: Agent Merrill Brears is a recovering sex addict. This is not played for laughs.
* ShoutOut:
** DiscussedTrope; the miniseries stops dancing around the issue of the ludicrous number of Creator/HPLovecraft references in ''TheCourtyard'', and outright addresses them. The FBI agents discuss whether the writings may be influencing a series of occult killings, or whether [[FromBadToWorse it might be the other way around...]]
** In a rare, and somewhat inexplicable, non-Lovecraft one, when Johnny Carcosa confronts the police he's dressed ''exactly'' like [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric]] of all people. ''May'' have something to do with the fact Lovecraft wrote a story called ''The Alchemist'' as a lad.
** [[Literature/TheKingInYellow Johnny Carcosa, a character who wears a yellow mask that is strongly implied to be part of his face?]]
** The Vietnamese cultist named Duk may be a reference to Moore's song, ''Sinister Ducks''.
* StarfishAliens: Again, par for the course.
* StockholmSyndrome: Elements of this come into play in the scene where Brears talks to her Deep One rapist.
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