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Rachel Rising Vol. 1: The Shadow of Death Review

Posted on May 31, 2012 by DecapitatedDan

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    Issue: Rachel Rising Vol. 1: The Shadow of Death
    Writer: Terry Moore
    Artist: Terry Moore
    Publisher: Abstract Studio
    Release Date: 2012
    Price: $16.99

    “Rachel Beck wakes in a shallow grave and claws her way free as a mysterious woman watches from a bluff. With no memory of the night before, Rachel enlists the help of Aunt Johnny, the town mortician, to find her killer. But when repeated attacks send her to the morgue, Rachel’s ability to wake from death again and again prove to be a blessing and a curse, and the eerie town of Manson will never be the same! Collects issues #1-6.”

    Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
    Oh Terry Moore, you wow me on all levels. Rachel Rising was a title in which I did not know what to expect when it came out, and honestly I still don’t know what to expect because it is such a mystery. Within the pages of Volume 1, I was treated to GORE-Geous artwork and a story that left me needing more! Moore’s art style shines on these pages. His characters are a thing to behold. They are so solid on every panel and it says something to the fact that it is all done in glorious black and white. Not that I don’t like gray tones, but they are not needed here. This book captures the elements of horror in expressions and scenes so well. When something is set to scare you, you better believe it will. The story itself had a slower start, but then picked up quickly. By the time I got to issue #3, I was hooked. The dialogue is a huge strong point for this book. Moore has an amazing grasp on how people interact, and it has shown in all of his titles. Going back to the horror elements, he does a fantastic job of building up a sense of terror in the reader, as people have very creepy vibes about them. This world is just beginning to be flushed out, and already I need it to be presented to me more than once a month. This is a book I will be talking about for years to come, and this collection is only just the beginning. You won’t be able to just read this book, because you will be transplanted into this world and feel that it is becoming a part of who you are. Buy now, and enjoy it for many years to come!

    Artwork: 5.0 out of 5
    Story: 4.5 out of 5

    If you would like to buy or know more about Rachel Rising Vol. 1: The Shadow of Death you can find it at

    Review by Dan Royer

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