Rachel Rising #3

Story by
Art by
Terry Moore
Letters by
Terry Moore
Cover by
Abstract Studios

Terry Moore brings his expected best -- which includes great female characters and gorgeous black and white art -- to his latest new series "Rachel Rising." However, this series has an immediate horror-based element that is setting it apart from his other comics in interesting ways.

"Rachel Rising" takes an even darker turn in this third issue as Rachel continues to try to uncover just what has happened to her in the time she lost before waking up in a shallow grave. In addition to her lost time and strange appearance, Rachel exhibits some strange and fairly disturbing power in this issue. Meanwhile, the blonde stranger we've been seeing hints of makes her move against a couple in a bar to brutal and permanent effect.

It's difficult to talk about Terry Moore's art without just raving. His attention to detail, from characters to backgrounds, is always well thought out and smartly executed. He shows a variety of character body types and ethnicities and always pays attention to things like clothing and hairstyles, which fleshes out his characters and worlds with a nice well-considered realism. Though Moore's ladies frequently suffer from looking a bit too similar in the face if not for a distinguishing characteristic, with faces that great it's hard to complain.

However, beyond all the great details and smart choices, what really shines in Moore's work is his ability to just tell a damn good story. The story is always crystal clear, whether there is text to aid the art or not. Moore knows how to pace a story with the best of them. "Rachel Rising" has so far been one of the best examples of Moore's ability to drive a story forward from a plotting standpoint while still capturing those little character beats that make us fall in love.

The writing in "Rachel Rising" is strong and complements the art nicely. It's subtle and naturalistic, with tiny pops of a sense of humor, which is key in such a dark book. There are ten pages in this book that are almost entirely silent, and yet you don't miss the words at all, which is not a criticism of the writing so much as praise for Moore's perfect understanding of how to tell a story. In a perfect world, by issue #3 I'd understand a little more about the mysteries Moore is unfolding. But I can wait. I have faith it will be worth it.

One of the best new series to debut recently, among a sea of new series, "Rachel Rising" is a fantastically mysterious horror story filled with beautiful art. I can't think of much I'd rather read.

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