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Rachel Rising #7

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Terry Moore’s “Rachel Rising” #7 is a great comic book, and as Moore ratchets up the stakes and body count (neither of which I thought could get much higher) the book becomes even more layered and mysterious.

A couple issues ago a plot point struck me as a bit too cliche to work well in “Rachel Rising” but Moore redeems himself in this issue by creating a scene with the newly deceased Jet that absolutely makes your skin crawl in horrible anticipation, resolving itself into something absolutely unexpected and almost sweet. It’s a wonderful reversal and the kind of thing we see far too little of in even the smartest comics. Another reason this particular plot point works so well for Moore is that “Rachel Rising” is in general an incredibly dark and grisly book, so this moment of sweetness and stands in stark contrast to the rest of the series.

Moore’s clean storytelling and beautifully rendered character work has always been one of the most compelling aspects of his work as a comics creator and that remains true here. However, the gruesome and almost matter-of-fact way he approaches the horror elements in “Rachel Rising” is what stands out as the boldest and most exciting element to this series. A scene in which dead bodies fly from their graves into the air in massive numbers while a little girl walks by drinking from a juice box is an image that stays with you long after you put the book down — and that isn’t even the only scene in this issue that has that kind of punch.

Although I’m a long time fan of Moore’s work, I find “Rachel Rising” to be his most interesting work to date. He’s taken a careful, steady hand with it and every issue has revealed more mysteries, while still leaving the reader confident that the story knows exactly where it’s going. “Rachel Rising” is the definition of must read comics.