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Rachel Rising Volume 1: The Shadow of Death Paperback – 31 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Abstract Studio (31 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892597519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892597519
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
If you go down to the woods today… the dead will come back to life…

I was really on the fence about this one and put it off and off because there are way too many “dead coming back to life” books out right now – iZombie, Revival, Manifest Destiny and The Walking Dead to name a few – but it turns out Rachel Rising may be the best of them all!

It has one of the best opening sequences ever – gorgeous art of an eerie forest, silent panels, the figure of a mysterious girl standing around waiting for something atop a rocky outcropping, a leaf blowing on the wind catches fire somehow, and an arm reaches up from the ground: Rachel rises. It’s so elegantly paced, simple yet draws you in instantly, and sets the tone and the story up perfectly.

So what happened to Rachel – how did she die and how is she returned to life? Who is the mysterious girl in the woods? Why are so many supernatural things happening in this small town and what does it mean?

First volumes that tend to pose too many questions can be a frustrating read – see Morning Glories Volume 1 – but the first Rachel Rising volume takes its time to draw you into Rachel’s life. There are no prolonged flashbacks and, because the reader knows as much as she does, we’re finding out things at the same time as she is – there’s an immediacy to the plotting that compels you to keep turning the page, needing to know what happens next.

And even though we don’t find out much in the way of answers at the end of the first book, you’re so caught up in what is happening that you don’t mind. It’s a really well measured plot that you’re happy to wait and see play out in its own time.

Terry Moore is that rarest of combinations: a writer and artist who can do both really well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JonNik on 31 July 2012
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This was my first introduction to the works of Terry Moore, very nice!

Crisp, clean art, excellent character work (both in an art and writing sense) and a genuinely creepy and atmospheric horror tale, promising lots of delighting complexity and Twin peaks like twists. Best horror graphic novel I've read in the last few months at least. Having read the (also very good) first Fatale TPB, back to back with this, tis high praise indeed...

Certainly made me go buy the Complete edition of Echo upon finishing it (SiP doesn't exactly sound like my cup of tea, but who knows. Perhaps Echo will convince me to invest further).

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A small town, a shallow grave, an ancient evil. 19 April 2012
By H Waterhouse - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rachel is having a really bad day. She woke up in a shallow grave, mostly dead.

She goes to talk to the people she trusts, but her day gets weirder and weirder, and people keep dying. Meanwhile, in a parallel story, a little girl is also having a terrible day. When Rachel and Zoe run into each other, it just gets worse and worse.

I loved this story because it was creepy and interesting. I loved that, as usual, Moore creates a variety of characters who happen to be women, who are not all alike. Very little reference exists to their sexual commodity pricing.

I am not very good at decoding comics images, so I struggled a bit with Rachel and a character who looks very much like her, but it turns out there is a story reason for that, so I let it go. Other than that, there are enough identifying characteristics to tell everyone apart. The art is evocative, clear, and detailed.

Read if: You like Terry Moore's work. You are willing to exist in suspense. You want to support an author with multiple, diverse female characters.

Skip if: Creepy devil snake will give you nightmares. You are suspicious of setups that sound a little Stephen King.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Movie Magic With the Turn of a Page 25 Sept. 2011
By Ana May - Published on
When I finally got my issue in the mail the only dissapointment I had was that the staple made the front cover rub off where it was. My cover should match the perfection of its contents. Each frame is a work of art on its own! I absolutely love the way Mr. Moore leads his readers from one event to the next. His characters, no matter how small of a part they hold, have such a presence that you wish you were in each page. What most tend not to state is the quality of the comic structure itself. The pages aren't thin and flimsy which is sooooooo nice for collector/readers. This is not poorly made. A definite suggestion to new and old readers of comic books. : Pick one up today!!!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great start to a Horror comic 2 April 2012
By D. J. Threepwood - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been reading this series since issue # 1 hit my comic store. The comic starts with Rachel waking up in shalow grave. She has no clue as to what's happened to her. From there, Rachel is trying to figure out what has happened to her. Fill with all kinds of characters, which really drive the story.

If you like Echo, you'll like this.

If you just like horror you'll probably like it.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Smart literary horror 11 Nov. 2013
By Ian S. Greenleigh - Published on
Format: Paperback
The visual pauses between the action are really well executed, covering pages at times with no words needed. The non-linear storyline didn't feel contrived as it often does in other comics. The art is wonderful, too, but perhaps the best thing about this book is its refusal to bore the reader with backstory and exposition. It dives right in from the jarring first pages; the reader feels as if he or she has stumbled into an interesting series of events. The author reveals just enough to sate the reader's appetite for answers, but never too much to dull the suspense and mystery.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Promising Start 7 Jan. 2013
By BS - Published on
Format: Paperback
Wow, this book really surprised me. I only have a passing familiarity with Terry Moore's work and I'm not the biggest horror fan but I picked this up on a whim and was totally impressed.

First and foremost, Moore's art is fantastic. The panel design and layout is brilliant. The detail is fantastic, whether it's small details in the dirt or the gory nuances of a decapitation. The characters are easily distinguished (another reviewer mentioned Rachel and another character looking alike, but as they said, that's something of a plot device so it gets a pass) which in a black and white book can be difficult to accomplish.

The story really grabs the reader. In short, without giving any major details away, Rachel wakes up dead. She has very little memory of the moments leading up to her demise and goes back to her town to try to figure out how/why she's dead. In the mean time, strange and often violent things are happening around town that have some connection to her death and apparent resurrection. While that might not sound like much, the way Moore slowly doles out details and introduces the cast keeps it moving along at a good pace. Plus, the brief snippets of Rachel's "final" moments are seemingly building toward a big reveal or payoff down the road.

The story is by no means complete and "Shadow of Death" ends with you, the reader, wanting more. I'm not sure how many parts Terry Moore has planned for this series, but I'm hooked. I finished the first volume and am looking forward to getting the second. Great buy and easily one of the best comics being published right now.
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