[[caption-width-right:300:"You do not @#$% with Cthulhu."]]

->''"The silent hordes of sleeping Cthulhu are stirring, their arms raised in war against great Nodens and his heathen ilk. Their war will wake the Old One and usher in an age of darkness."''

If the bigger they are, the harder they fall, then what happens when the gods themselves fall?

''Fall Of Cthulhu'' is a comic book series published by [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Ptitlebhb3kvzw Boom!]] and based on (and inspired by) the works of [[CthulhuMythos HP Lovecraft]]. The series follows a few unfortunate mortals as they're entangled in the conspiracies and manipulations of the Great Old Ones and the Outer Gods, who prepare for war against Nodens and the Elder Gods, and the apocalypse that will inevitably ensue. Said characters include academic turned mental patient Cy Morgan (whose uncle's research introduces the plot), Portuguese street rat Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves (a.k.a. Lucifer), local sheriff in over his head Raymond Dirk, and lastly, the enigmatic hostel owner Mr. Arkham.

In its own way, the comic acts as a CrisisCrossover for the CthulhuMythos, gathering the classic elements from Lovecraft's fiction to mingle with whole new creations. Furthermore, each artist on the title brings his or her own brand of slightly off-kilter illustration, including subtle, yet effective [[ArtShift Art Shifts]] whenever the bewildered human characters are dropped into the [[DreamLand Dreamlands]].

In addition to the first volume, ''Fall Of Cthulhu'' continues in two miniseries (''Godwars'' and ''Apocalypse'') and has spawned three spin-offs: ''[[http://www.boom-studios.net/cthulhu-tales-1-cover-a-ongoing.html Cthulhu Tales]]'', a Lovecraft-grounded anthology title, ''[[http://www.boom-studios.net/hexed-1-cover-a.html Hexed]]'', continuing Lucifer's misadventures in eldritch thieving, and a proper sequel, ''[[http://www.boom-studios.net/the-calling-cthulhu-chronicles-1-cover-a.html The Calling: The Cthulhu Chronicles]]''.

!!This series provides examples of:

* AmbiguouslyGay: While it's debatable whether either of them have genders or the ability to have sex, it APPEARS that the Masked Mute and the Harlot are...shall we say close?
* TheAdjectivalMan: The Gray Man
* ArtShift: A secondary artist was on-board during the comic's first volume specifically to illustrate the Dreamland sequences.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves. Or Lucifer, for short.
* BatmanGambit: This is the Harlot's preferred method of conspiracy. It helps that by being a keeper of secrets, she can sit back, relax, and wait for some desperate human to stumble into the Dreamlands looking for her help.
* BodyHorror: [[http://i53.tinypic.com/v5kh39.jpg Hope you don't have any paranoia about Morgellons disease]].
* CanonForeigner: The Harlot, the Grey Man, Gith, the Masked Mute, Sysyphyx (and her son) are all new creations by the comic's writer, although they fit well enough aside Lovecraft's designs that no one notices.
* ChekhovsGun: The knife's only the most obvious one. [[spoiler: It's far less important than the Harlot's boxes, or Nyarlathotep's true name.]]
* CorruptionOfAMinor: One issue featured a young boy going to a comic book shop for his birthday, and getting a "special present" from a very sexy woman: an empty box. [[spoiler: It later turns out the box held the spirit of Gnruk of Vol' Kunast, who invades the boy's soul, slowly driving him psychotic until transforming him into a bat-like monstrosity.]]
* CosmicHorrorStory: [[spoiler: Almost. We get right to the starting line of the God War, until the Harlot trumps Nyarlathotep's schemes and manages to avert great Cthulhu's awakening, all because she likes to play with humanity.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: [[spoiler: Not only does Cthulhu not fall, he's little more than a {{Macguffin}} in the storyline, with a one-page cameo.]]
* CreepyChild: Jason used to be a normal kid who wanted to read a cool comic book. Then Sysyphyx gave him a box with nothing in it. Now Jason is going to learn how to fly...
** The Masked Mute, Sister of the Lost Abyss, looks like a regular female adolescent wearing a spooky mask, [[spoiler: until you see what's behind it.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: The Harlot is the keeper of secrets, and she'll give you the answers you seek... but always for a price:
** Cy initially gives her his wisdom teeth in exchange for an answer, and then willingly [[spoiler:gives up his whole body and climbs into one of her "boxes". He gets better... err, as better as one can get in a full-fledged Cthulhu story.]]
** Dirk gets one of the more heartbreaking ones, when in exchange for the location of the Gray Man's ceremonial blade, [[spoiler:the Harlot takes all the memories of his dead wife.]]
* DreamLand: The titular Dreamlands, imported Lovecraft's other mythos. It's the primary stomping ground of the Outer Gods, the Harlot, and Nodens, and is accompanied by a trippy ArtShift in-comic.
* DrivenToSuicide: Happens no less than three times in the first volume alone!
* EgomaniacHunter: Nodens, arguably. He gets the wiggle room by account of him being an Elder God and thus, celestially opposed to the Old Ones and Outer Gods like Cthulhu and Nyarlathotep.
* EldritchAbomination: It has Cthulhu's name in the title, folks. Do the math.
* FlatWhat: [[spoiler: Delivered by Nyarlathotep, even.]]
* GambitPileup: All the gods think they're playing each other like a fiddle, but in the end, it's [[spoiler: the Harlot]] who plays the best instrument of all. Fortunately, [[spoiler: she finds humanity amusing and would rather have us alive]].
* GambitRoulette: What the Harlot's grand scheme looks like after the conclusion of ''Apocalypse.'' Justified, for she's an EldritchAbomination that makes it her business to know everybody's secrets, including the gods'.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The entire series starts after Cy's Uncle Walt has already done so, and by the end of the first storyarc [[spoiler:Cy has gone off the deep end as well.]]
** [[spoiler: The Harlot tries to do this to Lucifer as punishment, showing her how the world will end.]]
* GrandTheftMe: Sysyphyx can possess people by replacing their skull and spine, and the Gith [[spoiler: took on Connor's body as a vessel.]]
* GrandpaGod: Nodens, per Lovecraft's original description in the short story ''The Strange High House In The Mist.''
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: The true impetus of the story is due to the Elder God Nodens wanting to hunt the biggest game of 'em all Cthulhu! [[spoiler:Except Cthulhu's the bait, and Nyarlathotep the '''real''' prey.]]
** Nodens' followers are also prone to doing this, as seen in the first volume, when they release a man into the woods so that they can hunt him down.
* IHaveManyNames: Stated almost verbatim by Mr. Arkham in the first chapter. [[spoiler: Three guesses as to who Mr. Arkham really is.]]
* ImplacableMan: The Gray Man, the "patron saint" of human sacrifice. All he needs to do is ''breathe'' on you, and you won't be looking in the mirror anytime soon.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: The Harlot takes Raymond Dirk's memories of his dead wife as payment for the information he needs. When Ray returns from the Dreamlands, he doesn't recognize the woman on the pictures in his wallet.]]
** [[spoiler: It ends up saving his life when Sysyphyx impersonates his wife to confuse him. Not remembering his wife, he has no problem killing the lookalike.]]
* LivingBodysuit: Mr. Arkham, the oddly benevolent man who aids Cy in the first chapters, is none other than [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos.]]
* LovecraftCountry: Arkham, Massachusetts, of course.
* MadnessMantra: In the second storyarc, a young boy named Jason keeps muttering the words "knees first, head second" after opening a box given to him by a very pretty lady. [[spoiler: This turns out to be instructions on how to kill someone with a baseball bat.]]
* SarcasticDevotee: Connor, Mr. Arkham's right hand man.
* StreetUrchin: Lucifer could either live (and get killed) as a pick-pocket in Rio, or go to work assisting a professor gaining the attention of the Great Old Ones. Unfortunately, she chose the only path worse than being killed in a Brazilian gang war.
* TheUnreveal: The identity of the girl in the crowd. [[spoiler: She's the one behind everything.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: You'd think a mother would frown on her seven year old receiving a gift from a woman whose [[AbsoluteCleavage breasts are barely contained]] in her [[OfCorsetsSexy corset.]] You'd be wrong, apparently.