I stand by everything I said in my review of Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales. Alan Moore is a literary genius and The Courtyard is yet more evidence of that.
The stories of H. P. Lovecraft are bone-chilling in much the same way that Marilyn Monroe was remarkably beautiful – more by reputation than anything else. Really, these days Cthulhu and his mob are easily as corny as a Frankenstein Halloween mask. That is, unless Alan Moore is writing about them. Lovecraft’s heirlooms, appearing in the form of allusions, actually freaked me out in The Courtyard. Some pictures I couldn’t even look at!
To describe the plot of a comic only forty eight page long is writing into spoiler territory, so I’ll instead end this sentence by saying you should read this book if you ever get the opportunity.