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REVIEW: Mysteries reveal in ‘Rachel Rising Omnibus’

 
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Story by: Terry Moore
 
Art by: Terry Moore
 
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4.5/ 5


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Comic book artist and creator, Terry Moore, just finished his independent created work, Rachel Rising; and upon a couple of months later, a collected complete edition is released by his own studio, Abstract Studio. New readers and old time Moore followers can either experience and/or relive the complicated life of Rachel Beck (again) in RACHEL […]

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Posted September 12, 2016 by

 
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Comic book artist and creator, Terry Moore, just finished his independent created work, Rachel Rising; and upon a couple of months later, a collected complete edition is released by his own studio, Abstract Studio. New readers and old time Moore followers can either experience and/or relive the complicated life of Rachel Beck (again) in RACHEL RISING OMNIBUS. It has a cloth bookmark and is presented in its original black-and-white format. It has a complete 43 cover art gallery. This is a complete 42-issue long story about the lady who was resurrected after her brutal death.

This hardcover edition matches the dedication the creator pours into his another thrilling yet cerebral visual masterpiece. As proof of Moore’s intellectual pursuit to have readers engage a reading-visual experience is every issue/chapter starts with a quotation by some of the most profound minds in human history—from Plato, William Shakespeare, Robert Browning, Ernest Hemingway, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and even my favorite loony, Friedrich Nietzsche.  These quotations are integral in the story and the overall grand narrative for these portray the darker and brutal truths about humans and/or humanity itself. And, Moore’s storytelling execution improves from time to time as this Rachel Rising series is a demonstration on how he makes the readers/fans stay tuned from one chapter to another due to his great red herring placements; a good mixture of noir, and supernatural and even Judeo-Christian mythological elements; and his sequential paneling in both visual and narrative departments that transcend over time.

As an artist, his detailed artwork is impeccably painstaking, no panels are wasted either. Naturally, his female characters are portrayed as both human and really strong-willed for they are no pushovers to the supposedly patriarchal society and even they are highly relatable to the readers, one way or another. In addition, Moore draws beautiful ladies, similar to his other independent works like Strangers In Paradise for example.

The book has a rigid spine, making the first and last portions of reading this omnibus a great challenge. Also, some of the parts of the story could have been inked more to illustrate the dark tone, though Moore is the greatest critic on his inking abilities. And, it has very mature contents and violent portrayals that could make some myopic-minded types squeal in horror or disgust. Regardless, Rachel Rising Omnibus is fresh air. Terry combines detective and noir tropes, supernatural and religious elements, and a dose of humor and his patented storytelling, in addition of his beautiful but very strong female portrayals. If I only wish he could color this beast.

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Paul Ramos

 


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