Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Crossover Cover: Monster Hunter Vendetta
Monster Hunter International (M.H.I.) continues to battle against the Old Ones. Trip Jones buys a fantasy novel by L.H. Franzibald in a hotel gift shop. A shoggoth appears, and one of the books in M.H.I.’s library is a tome written by a Mad Arab, which contains information on Shoggoths. M.H.I. has worked with Britain’s Van Helsing Institute. Agent Franks is revealed to be a Frankenstein creation, though constructed by the historical alchemist Johann Conrad Dippel. The Yith are mentioned. The Old Ones, shoggoths, and the Yith are all from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, as is the Mad Arab, Abdul Alhazred. His book is the Al Azif, better known as the Necronomicon. L.H. Franzibald is from Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik’s web comic Penny Arcade. The Van Helsing Institute must be named in honor of the monster hunting Van Helsing family, originally from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Johann Dippel is established as an ancestor of the more infamous Frankenstein clan in several sources.