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|25 April, 2012||Posted by Erik Carlson under Uncategorized||
Last year at Boston Comic-Con, I grabbed the first issue of this and excitedly wrote about how great it was to read an indie book that delivered. Because I’m a fool for print editions (I’ve lost a harddrive and tons of files)\, I waited a year for the complete story. It was worth it.
Despite a few narrative jumps and a confusing panel or two, I recommend this. Writer Kevin Church creates a protagonist who, on the outside, appears to be a chain-smoking- big drinking- punching bag, but, by the tale’s end reveals himself to be something quite different. The change is quick,in-character, and surprising. Not too many people would take that risk with a narrator, but I found that it ultimately created a stronger sense of the wounded noir anti-hero and set up a sequel (let there be one soon, please) real nicely.
This year at Boston Comic Con I also grabbed the Rachel Rising trade – the new book by Terry Moore that more people need to read. I’m serious. Leave your home, go to the local comic shop, grab your local vendor and force them to bring in copies of this book. I promise you that you will not feel wronged.
Rachel Rising is the one true horror book. Protagonist Rachel is murdered and buried in a shallow grave where a mass cleansing of witches occurred a century ago. Newly risen and a tad confused over her stare, she meanders about town putting the pieces of her death together. As Rachel wastes time, others are called from the dead and begin avenging a yet unknown wrong against the men of the town. Imagine a Children of the Corn prequel to Y the Last Man. This book has well-paced scenes of horror interspersed with brutality, EC level creepiness, and awkward humor. Each character has a unique feel and their own directions; they don’t feel stock.
Despite being nominated for an Eisner, not enough people are reading Rachel Rising. Maybe its the black and white art; maybe its the fact the first issues was almost entirely visual; maybe its because it has strong female protagonists; this book needs your attention. Now.