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RACHEL RISING #1

Written and illustrated by Terry Moore

Reviewed by Stephanie Cooke

I can’t even begin to describe just how much I enjoyed this story.  Let me first start by saying that you really don’t learn very much in this first issue.  We get introduced to Rachel, a girl who wakes up buried in dirt with a mysterious woman watching over her.  Rachel then stumbles home only to discover that she’s still Rachel, but not really.  Rachel has no knowledge of what has happened or what’s going on and for the most part in this first issue, neither do we (but that’s not necessarily a bad thing).

I can’t say too much about the actual story without giving too much away, but I have to say that it’s a really enjoyable read.  The first few pages of Rachel Rising don’t have any text at all, just images to convey what’s going on.  And the images, while all in black and white, are very simplistic but elegantly drawn and designed.

I wouldn’t say that the first issue is particularly spooky, even though it’s obvious that something spooky is definitely going on with Rachel, but I wouldn’t rule that out in issues to come.  I’m only a little familiar with Terry Moore’s work, but the illustrations in Rachel Rising remind me a bit of comic book artist, Joe Eisma (of Image Comics’ Morning Glories).  Whether it gets spooky or not remains to be seen, but I do think that this series will continually get darker and darker and I think I’m really going to like it.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

Since this is the first issue in the series, no previous knowledge is needed to enjoy this comic at all.  Just make sure you start with this one and don’t skip ahead cause I can imagine you’d be missing out on some things.

 

VERDICT

Buy, buy, BUY.  This is one of the best comics I’ve read in a while with a really interesting take on the supernatural.  Not too much happens in this first issue, but I 100% want to see where Moore takes the series.

 

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Stephanie is [obviously] a comic book fan, but she also considers herself an avid gamer, movie watcher, lover of music, board games fan (although she doesn’t find nearly enough time for them…) and being snarky. Oh, and Twitter. Twitter’s a hobby, right? Stephanie is a purveyor of too many projects and outside of Talking Comics she’s done work for JoBlo.com, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd, C&G Magazine, Dork Shelf, Misfortune Cookie (her personal blog for words and pictures) and more. She wrote a story for the anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls (coming in October 2016 from Dark Horse) and she also runs Toronto Geek Trivia in her home city. She can be found helping out at other “geek” community things around there.

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