2000 AD prog 1226 cover

By Frazer Irving

"When the world-famous escapologist Harry Houdini slips into a near-death state while practicing his act, something horrible from the boundaries of consciousness follows him back...

Now Houdini must join forces with the era's most famous aficionados of the uncanny — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Fort and H. P. Lovecraft — and try to defeat an evil force which wants to enslave the human race.

However, this intrepid group must not only face the enemy's terrifying agents of Earth, but also a traitor in their midst. Not to mention the dire, eldritch horrors which lurk just beyond the veil of sanity..."1

Necronauts2 is a series by Gordon Rennie and Frazer Irving. It started in 2000 AD prog 2001 (published December 2000), and continued in progs 1223 to 1230. Pictured is the cover of prog 1226. A trade paperback of the series is available here.

Rennie says of his creation, originally developed for Tundra UK, that "I always knew it was a great premise. I could have submitted it to Vertigo but I don't think funnier things like Fort swatting zombies with a cricket bat would have survived. My writing's stronger now and the story benefited greatly from the long wait... [Irving's] contributions were invaluable — not just the wonderful art, but as someone to bat ideas off."3


1In 2000 AD the veil of sanity is so diaphanous that dire, eldritch horrors appear more frequently than the milk.

2'Necronauts' means 'dead voyagers' or 'those who voyage through death', from the Greek nautes, sailor, and nekros, dead.

3Thrill-Power Overload by David Bishop.

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