Rachel Rising 6 shows all other comics how it’s done!

TITLE: RACHEL RISING 6
STORY AND ART: TERRY MOORE
PUBLISHED BY ABSTRACT STUDIOS
REVIEWED BY JOHNNY DESTRUCTO

To almost every other comic book professional alive right now: Terry Moore is kicking your ass. He is writing, illustrating, lettering and publishing his own title on a regular basis, and it’s awesome. He’s running rings around some of you fellows and ladies who can’t get your pencils done on time, even relying on finishes and layouts by other artists. This is a master of several crafts. Not just artistically, but writing as well.

And genres? Forgeddaboudit!
Romantic comedy? – Nailed it.
Sci-fi? Nailed it.
Horror? In the process of friggin’ nailing it.

There are comic professionals that are beloved by fans, and then there are comic professionals that are beloved by other comic professionals. That is to say, Moore is someone to look at to see how it gets done.

As a life-long fan of the horror genre, I have found it difficult to get into “horror comics”. There is some element lost in the translation. A lack of atmosphere, of anxiety that is usually supplied by music (or lack of music), timing, subtle emotional beats, etc. Static images on a page have, in the past, failed to provide me with the anticipation and the feeling of dread that horror films put forth. Somehow, Terry Moore has properly translated these elements onto the drawn page.

Almost every page ratchets up the tension in some form or another, to the point that I’m getting a little worried about the pay off! How can Moore possibly provide us with a satisfactory wrap-up to this story that appropriately answers all of my questions? It’s starting to feel like LOST, in that regard. But I have faith. He hasn’t let me down once in the (almost) 2 decades I’ve been reading his work.

I feel uncomfortable providing a synopsis here, as what I recount will only serve to diminish the story’s effect on the reader. Suffice it to say, if you like Terry Moore, or horror books, or just well crafted art, this is for you.

When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, fist-bumping his own nethers, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over at www.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here. He is also now co-hosting another Comic Book discussion show on Party934.com alongside Bohdi Zen. They discuss comics and play music, check it out live every Saturday from 4-5pm.

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6 Comments to “Rachel Rising 6 shows all other comics how it’s done!”

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  1. Carlton says:

    I’m not a horror comic fan, or that big a fan of horror movies or books, but I AM a Terry Moore fan. Rachel Rising is amazing and really does capture the tone and mood of the genre. I’m beginning to liken it to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It’s just that good!

  2. JD (Host) says:

    Carlton, you and I are on the same page. And that page is a piece of bristol comic book art board drawn on by Terry Moore. 😉

  3. Erica says:

    I consider this the best book on the shelves right now. The tone, pacing, art, and writing are consistently exceptional and I cannot recommend it enough.

  4. JD (Host) says:

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one who feels this way!

    I’m curious as to the sales though, it “feels” like it’s not selling as much as Echo was selling, and certainly not as much as SiP..

    Maybe that just because I don’t hear many people yapping about it?

  5. Patrick says:

    JD, I believe you are right about sales. Terry has commented many times on Twitter or his blog since this series started that the sales numbers need to go up much more if you don’t want this ONGOING to be more like a limited series. At least thats the feeling I’ve gotten from it all.

  6. Carlton says:

    I don’t know how much my decision to buy directly from Abstract helps sales, but I want as much of my money to go to Terry and Co. as possible. And I buy multiple copies (for a couple of other people) each issue.

    This is really the best book out there right now. In fact, I don’t collect ANYTHING else (with the exception of Busiek’s Astro City when it pops up). There’s just nothing else worth investing my time and money.

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