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4.0 out of 5 stars A very promising start, 31 July 2012
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This review is from: Rachel Rising Volume 1: The Shadow of Death (Paperback)
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).

Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best horrors in years, 12 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Rachel Rising Volume 1: The Shadow of Death (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. Take the opening sequence which shows that Moore knows when to let the images tell the story and when to interject with dialogue. The comic flows smoothly with this excellent balance between words and pictures that so few writer/artists achieve – usually they are strongest in one to the detriment of the other.

Moore’s black and white art is wonderful - an odd word given the horrific subject matter of dead bodies and visceral murder, but it really is great. His female characters look the most convincing real women that I’ve seen in a while and he’s able to transform ordinary American downtown areas into dramatic gothic backdrops. The forest scenes also have a disturbingly delightful magical quality to them.

It’s not totally perfect as some of the story elements were clichéd, like the foster father turning out to be a perv and the kindly neighbour who turned out to be completely insane – I called both as soon as I saw them. And it annoyed me a bit how long it took Rachel to convince her aunt that she was who she said she was, but these are very minor points.

The summary doesn’t do the book justice either – Rachel’s boyfriend has a scene but there’s no indication (yet) that he’s behind her death or that she was killed to be replaced with another woman. Framing the book like that makes it seem cheap and cheesy which it isn’t.

Rachel Rising 1 is a thoroughly enjoyable supernatural comic with great characters and a mystery that grabs you from the start. Compellingly written and beautifully drawn, it's an outstanding effort from Terry Moore that’s definitely worth reading.
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