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Royal Reviews: Rachel Rising #1

Written by Royal Nonesuch on Thursday, August 04 2011 and posted in Reviews

Writer/Artist Terry Moore has started up another new series, and this time, he goes the horror route!

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Credits & Solicit Info:

(W/A/C) Terry Moore

Rachel wakes up at sunrise on a shallow grave in the woods and discovers the freshly murdered body in the dirt... is her own. With events of the previous night a blur, Rachel seeks out her boyfriend Phillip. But Phillip has a new girl now and Rachel is beginning to suspect she rose from the grave for a reason… revenge! Don't miss the premier issue of this haunting new series by Eisner and Harvey Awards-winning creator, Terry Moore!

Format: COMIC

Price: $3.99


After writing and drawing the epic relationship drama Strangers in Paradise and the excellent science fiction-themed Echo, Terry Moore now shifts his focus to a brand new series, this one apparently a horror book.  Moore is a top-notch comic book creator, and every new work he comes out with is always a welcome sight. 

Rachel Rising is very much a horror book produced in Moore's own inimitable style.  He has always been good at coming to the plot of a story through the small moments in a character's life.  There is no action too mundane for a Moore book.  Rachel #1 starts off with a sequence of a young woman silently walking throught the woods.   Later, the title character arrives at home, talks to her cat, takes a shower, lies in bed and tries to recall the events of the previous night.  Later, she gets into her car and drives to her friend's house.  At no point is the book any dull, in fact, the mise en scéne of these moments are all rendered with as much visual flair as the scene where a woman digs herself out of a shallow grave.  Visually, Rachel #1 contains all of Terry Moore's trademarks.  His strong lines and the distinctive way he draws the human figure, particularly women, hasn't changed much (Rachel happens to look almost exactly like Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise), and  the playful way he deals with motion is still a lot of fun.  Moore was always a pretty cinematic storyteller, but his sense of visual design has improved by leaps and bounds with time, and is truly superlative in Rachel Rising.

Although the plot of the issue isn't paricularly dense, it does take on a strange atmosphere very quickly.  Rachel walks through the deep woods only to see...herself climbing out of the ground?  Once she climbs out of her grave and gets herself home (by this point, Rachel #1 disappears), she notices ligature marks on her neck and her eyes are completely bloodshot.  She doesn't remember much about the previous day, but does have flashes of memory of a silhouetted figure trying to strangle her.  She experiences lost time and, by the end of the issue, her very identity is questioned.  There's obviously a lot of latent expectation established in the comic, and thus a lot of room for exploration and payoff.

The imagery in Rachel Rising #1 is very memorable, and the mystery appears to be a strong one.  Terry Moore continues to impress, and this looks to be another great series from him.

Review by: Royal Nonesuch

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