Kidthulhu. Yes, You Heard Right, Kidthulu.

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Kidthulhu: Tales of Madness #1. Created by: Martin E. Brandt II & Charles C Dowd. End date: November 14, 2014 10:00pm EST. Publishing Date: May 2015

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The story of Kidthulhu is a ridiculous reimagining of the Cthulhu Mythos as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old monster of madness, accompanied by his faithful shoggoth Shog, and his best friend Capi, The Albino Goat of the Woods with 999 siblings.

Kidthulhu: Tales of Madness #1 is a new start for Kidthulhu created by Martin E. Brandt II and Charles C Dowd. This first issue collects 32 pages of hi-jinks and adventures with Kidthulhu and his friends published by Raven Warren Studios.

The Cthulhu Mythos is no stranger to fictional works and comic books. When crafting those things that go bump in the night to meddle in the affairs of your protagonist it’s hard to avoid the big foot print that H.P. Lovecraft, the master of nameless horrors and sanity shattering monsters, left behind.

DC Comics has a very strong entry in the Cthulhu Mythos with Batman: The Doom that Came to Gotham. When you bring Mike Mignola on to write a weird story it’s going to be full of awe inspiring creatures and disturbing moments. Batman is one of those characters that would fit perfect in the pulp hero genre, you know since he kind of started there back in 1939. To me pulp fiction with the Cthulhu Mythos is like Oreos and milk, they just work. The tragedy of this story though isn’t in the actual ending but in the fact that DC has as of yet to collect the 3 issues for reprint.

The reimaging of classic Batman characters is inspiring and imaginative, I was thoroughly thrilled with this book. Al-ghul is a great source antagonist, especially when he is driven by outside forces. In a way it reminds me of Rasputin from the Hellboy series, but what they do with Two-face I felt really brought out how this mythos can corrupt a character.

As serious as the tone was of that story when I heard about the pairing of Aquaman and Etrigan in Brave and the Bold #32, I had to chuckle a bit. The pair investigate the rising of a mysterious city, could it be R’lyeh? J. Michael Straczynski brings out a story that really shines on Aquaman and still left me interested in the story at hand, but poor Etrigan really felt like a third wheel at times. Still the pair is able to stop the world from being destroyed at the hands of Cthulhu, though no one will ever know.

Perhaps one of my favorite comic moments came from Darkwing Duck when F.O.W.L. High Command tried to summon Duckthulhu to enslave the residents of St Canard, mutating them into tentacle monsters. We all know that their plans to control Duckthulhu are ridiculous and the story that unfolds was a treat for Darkwing and Cthulhu fans.

While most Lovecraft inspired words tend to head towards the dark and impossible, Kidthulhu: Tales of Madness is a fun jaunt through weird worlds and stranger creatures. Where else would one find Nyarlathotep as a man-nanny? Stop by our Kickstarter Project page to find out more and follow Kidthulhu on Twitter. Help us by spreading the madness to your friends, family, and frenemies.

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(Last Updated November 1, 2014 6:22 am )