Saturday, June 22, 2013
Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death by Terry Moore
Rachel Rising is another graphic novel I've been hearing about for a while, due to how awesome it was, but hadn't gotten around to getting a copy. I have finally read the first issue. It was pretty awesome.
It's very dark. People are dying in violent ways. Rachel wakes up with strangulation marks around her neck. A man gets --> decapitated in elevator doors. Yeah, dark and violent. But not gratuitously so, I didn't think.
The story is a mystery. Rachel is trying to figure out who killed her and who is behind other people dying. She sees a strange woman, who no one else, with the exception of a little girl, can see, who seems to show up, and then terrible things happen. And Rachel isn't the only one coming back from the dead.
The first volume is doing a lot of set up. It establishes some major characters and raises lots of questions and doesn't answer any of them. I am looking forward to reading the next volume and seeing where it goes.
The art is black and white ink drawings. For the most part it's in a traditional panel format. The darkness of the panels fits well with the tone of the story.