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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Abstract Studio,U.S. (9 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892597489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892597489
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sep 2011
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How do you follow up an acclaimed epic saga of modern relationships -the landmark Strangers In Paradise- which took you 13 years to write and draw? In Terry Moore's case, he spent a mere three years creating a 30-issue series (translated into this 600 page graphic novel) and has done a pretty good job on it.

The basic story is fairly simple. A young woman gets her body covered in a magic metal. The bad guys want it back. Assorted good guys help her. The existence of the world is at stake. But needless to say it is a lot more complicated than that. The characters are extremely well written being very human and very fallible and although there is a core protagonist it is nevertheless an ensemble piece and will satisfy fans of Strangers In Paradise. It's actually set in the same world, though you don't need to have read SiP to appreciate it, more that it's a little nod to SiP fans. It's a very strong character piece as well as being a satisfying work of contemporary science fiction. Moore has done a lot of research for this book and it shows without every getting in the way of telling the story (well, once maybe). I really don't want to say any more as I don't want to spoil the many pleasures Echo has in store.

Artistically, Moore isn't one of the greatest stylists, though he's a more than adequate artist. His backgrounds have just enough detail to create a scene. But then his real interest is in character and reactions and he is excellent at drawing people, faces in particular, and at conveying body language.

Not quite a five star book but highly recommended all the same.
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what can I say about echo that has not already been said? probably not much, but I'm more than happy to join the discussion.

Terry Moore should be a recognized name inside and outside of comics because frankly he can tell story's better than Joss Whedon; and when you stop to think about what Mr, Whedon can do that is pretty incredible.

The banter is organic, Characters have hidden depth that reward multiple read-through's, the design and its unifying aesthetic is so good you will draw yourself into the story without even noticing.

Anything else would be a spoiler.
so yes, go read this story.
It is well worth your time.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Worthy successor to Strangers in Paradise 25 Sep 2011
By Robert Frost - Published on
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Echo was a 30 issue series, written and drawn by Terry Moore, that started in March 2008. The collected edition was released in August, 2011.

Julie Martin, a photographer with a lot of personal problems, is taking some nature pictures when a large explosion occurs above her. Small drops of a strange substance rain down on her, changing her and her life and dwarfing her initial problems. The pelts form a metallic plate covering portions of her body. She develops powerful abilities. Julie wasn't the only person affected, though. A homeless man also is impacted by the strange debris. He becomes a threat and has a rather bizarre story of his own.

The debris is the result of an experiment conducted by HeNRI (Heitzer Nuclear Research Institute), a private corporation with defense contracts. HeNRI wants their property back and their secrets to remain secrets, so they hire a specialist to hunt Julie down. Julie is on the run. She received aide from a Park Ranger that also witnessed the explosion. A connection between the explosion and the park ranger is revealed, as the story progresses.

Terry Moore is best known for his long running series, Strangers in Paradise. Echo shows that he is no one trick pony. It's a very different style of story, but just as well told. Where SIP was a character driven book with a strong supporting story, Echo is a story driven book with strong characters. It's also a shift in genre. Echo is a science fiction story, carrying the well established theme of fear of mankind producing technology that it isn't ready to handle. Each chapter of the book begins with a quote reflecting that theme, such as Einstein's "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."

As with Strangers in Paradise, it's obvious that Moore doesn't start with a completed and fully defined story planned. The story evolves as he tells it. The result is that the story keeps the reader on their toes. Unexpected twists and new ideas pop up as the story progresses. Although this is clearly a different story that Strangers, there is a connection revealed that will bring a smile to fans.

The art is beautiful, throughout the book. Moore is truly a master of depicting facial expressions and body language with just a few ink lines. Every character looks like a real person. In fact, I'm convinced that Moore based the character of biker Dan Backer off of a man I used to work with (it's possible, they're both in Houston). There's been some controversy on the internet, lately, over concerns with how women are often depicted in comics. Moore is the person to look to to see how to do it right. His female characters are strong, sexy but never exploited, and fully defined emotional beings.

According to Variety, producer Lloyd Levin has purchased the film rights to Echo. Levin was a producer on Watchmen, Hellboy, and United 93. Let's hope it not only gets made, but remains true to the source.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Get this book. You'll love it. 12 Jan 2012
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Terry Moore began Echo as an independent comic series in 2008, and over the course of 30 issues and three years, he created what is one of the best sci-fi comics of all time, a truly human, utterly fascinating, action-packed adventure. It's a brilliant look at scientific exploration combined with human ambition (and all the foibles that contains).

It begins with a young scientist named Annie field-testing a highly classified new flying battle suit she has helped create. It would be a powerful weapon for the United States, and a highly profitable piece of machinery as well, but unfortunately, Annie is betrayed by the people she trusted, and both she and the suit are destroyed. In the expansive park below the sky the suit is being tested in are two unsuspecting strangers -- one a homeless man and the other a young woman going through several emotional upheavals. Julie is broke, going through a tumultuous divorce, and trying desperately to help her sister (who has had a mental break with reality after witnessing her husband and children being killed). All of this has taken its toll on Julie, who is merely trying to escape to the desert to take some photographs when remnants from the battle suit begin to rain down on her, and inexplicably attach and adhere themselves to her skin.

From there begins a sprawling epic, one that traverses conspiracies, government cover-ups, a frantic hunt for Julie by military and federal agents and trained assassins, and much, much more. Just as Moore did in the stellar Strangers in Paradise, Moore effortlessly details the wide-ranging field of human emotions while propelling his tale forward at breakneck speed (easily one of the greatest strengths of Echo is the fast pace with which exciting plot twists and new information come flying at the reader).

Obviously, Julie is being hunted by the evil scientists for the highly valuable suit she now possesses, but the homeless man has been transformed into something inexplicable as well, and he wants to kill Julie, too. The only person Julie can turn to for aid is Annie's boyfriend, who wants some answers himself.

These kinds of "protagonists on the run because they stumbled into a gigantic cover-up that they had no idea about" stories can have a huge weakness (notably, that they can be extremely derivative and unoriginal). That's when they are left in the wrong hands, however. Terry Moore is not the wrong hands. His incredibly insightful writing is edgy, crisp, and practically crackles on the page (he especially excels at capturing the humanity of his characters, and he never forgets, no matter how "out there" his story gets, that these are real people he is characterizing here). Moreover, his art is fascinatingly detailed. Its beautiful black-and-white images lure readers in and compel us to linger on each page, despite the urge to turn pages as fast as possible to see what will happen next.

I've barely scraped the surface of Echo's plot here. To describe how far it goes, and how fascinating the science gets, would take hundreds, perhaps thousands, more words. And why waste time? Let's cut to the chase: Get this book. You'll love it.

-- John Hogan
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An absolutely unique experience 4 Mar 2012
By A. Morgan - Published on
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I have been reading comics for a while. If you look through my review page, I've left reviews on a good many of the collected editions. But this's just something else. At first I was thrown off by the rather basic drawing style, but within 1 page I was hooked. The story is so gripping, so well told, so absolutely FUN that I just couldn't put it down. It's a 600 page monolith I finished in just 1 sit (which took me about 6 hours), and I have no regrets at all. It filled everything I want in a story - believable characters, realistic setting with a single science fiction wrench thrown in, a constantly evolving story, and a sense of "there is more." What I mean by this last part is that author Terry Moore constantly throws in little extra bits of story, intrigue, etc, that simply are not explained - don't worry, it doesn't drive you insane, these just make you think a bit more.

Overall, just get this collected edition. It was a fantastic read, and I am beyond excited that it is being turned into a (hopefully good) movie.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Echo: The Complete Edition (Terry Moore's Echo) 18 Aug 2011
By Hershell Peters - Published on
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Tired of stories that just kept going,and going never actually going anywhere? Here is your answer Terry Moore's Echo. A complete story with a beginning, middle, and end in one complete trade. Not since Bone: One volume Edition that i enjoy a story like did Echo: The Complete Edition.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fresh and Original 7 Oct 2011
By Cary C. - Published on
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The art is refreshing--especially in this world of silicone and testosterone-riddled heroes. I've never seen a graphic novelist draw women better than Terry Moore, and few writers write women better. Terry Moore's characters are real and flawed and complicated, and, dammit, down-right fascinating! What happens to them matters. The writing is top-notch and the plot just keeps you turning those pages. I've read this series through at least three times now, and I'm ready to go back for more.
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