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Echo Volume 1: Moon Lake Paperback – September 9, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Echo
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Abstract Studio (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892597403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892597403
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grant on October 18, 2009
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ECHO: MOON LAKE,
Terry Moores "Echo" series is one of the most enjoyable comic books that I've read in a long time. As someone that's collected comics for over 30 years now, I've seen a lot of creative highs and lows. It's not very often that a comic can grab you right from the first page and have you on the edge of your seat, anxiously awaiting each issue. Echo is one of those comics.

Terry Moore is famous of course for his epic series "Strangers In Paradise". Like that title, Echo is full of enjoyable characters who look and talk like real people. Echo has interesting characters that you care about from the very beginning. Echo is a fascinating and far more complex twist on Captain Atom. The story introduces us to Annie Trotter, testing a new flight suit when she is seemingly destroyed in an explosion caused by the very people for whom she is testing the new organic metal suit.

Far below the explosion is nature photographer Julie Martin. While photographing desert flora, small pellets of metal fall from the sky, some of it sticking to her skin. Soon the little metal pellets gather together to form a breastplate that seems to be permanently attached to her skin and which reacts either pleasantly or violently depending on Julies brainwaves. The mysterious organization that Annie created the suit for...HeNRI is intent on getting back the remains as well as covering up just exactly what happened to Annie. They hire a special investigator named Ivy Raven to track down Julie Martin and return whatever remains of the strange metal.

But a mysterious drifter has also been similarly affected by the mysterious metal just as Julie has, and he has no qualms about using its power to kill.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Joyce on September 26, 2008
this is a solid story, i don't have the trade paperback but i do have all five original issues, i am very interested to see where the store and characters go, especially with the main young woman going through a divorce, being broke and not sure where her life is going until that day in the desert when something comes out of the sky and attaches itself to her, but i won't give any more away from that. the artwork is fantastic, here's hoping we get some big action in future volumes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HeatherLR on September 8, 2008
Terry Moore, the author of one the best romantic comedies, "Strangers in Paradise," is printing a comic book of a different genre. A drama infused with nuclear weapons, "Echo" is closer to the super-hero genre than the previous title.

In this graphic novel, Julie, a woman with financial trouble from a break-up with her husband, was taking photographs by the lake. A woman named Annie, works with HeNRI to test out a new weapon. "This Weapon," when touch by something gentle as a feather does no harm, but when hit by a strong force can be dangerous.
Just as Julie was by the lake with her camera, Annie was involved in a weapon test gone wrong...
Witnessing an explosion, Julie was exposed to a substance that formed into a breast plate on her chest and shoulders. Eventually she finds it to be violent when touched aggressively. She doesn't know how or why.
Julie is unsure what is happening to her but apparently she's dangerous. Someone is after her as well, but someone close to Annie is willing to help.

The story and characters are still new to me, but develop well so far. The artwork is excellent. In black and white, Terry Moore puts a lot of detail and love into his work. The women in this story are fairly normal and respectable (and very pretty).

ECHO is off at a good start.
I'm currently collecting the comic issues, and I haven't seen the paperback edition yet. According to Terry Moore's web page, this has issues #1-5.
Although I prefer the comedy Strangers in Paradise, ECHO is a good read, and was worth looking into.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko VINE VOICE on November 11, 2009
The first thing you should do when reading this comic is to try not to think of Moore's other work, Strangers in Paradise. I know, I know. It's hard to separate yourself from his other work- especially since occasionally you'll see whispers of some character traits in this book. It's difficult, but not impossible & it's very important that you don't compare it to SiP because otherwise you'll feel a teensy bit let down in comparison.

Echo is about a freelance photographer, Julie Martin. Julie isn't having a very good time right now. She's broke, her husband is pressuring her to sign her divorce papers & she was in the middle of Moon Lake when a huge explosion occurred in the clouds. Small metal balls have attached themselves to her body & a strange metal plate was in the back of her truck. Upon further examination of the plate, both the plate & the balls formed a larger silver plate on her chest, bearing a strange symbol. It isn't long before Julie finds herself in more trouble as the government starts looking for her. The good news is that a bunch of men want her for her body. The bad news is that they don't care whether she's alive or dead.

Like I said earlier, when you compare this to Moore's other work (SiP) it falls a little flat. I have to admit, the first time I read through this volume I was a little disappointed. The second time I read it, I liked it more & I realized that I wasn't judging it fairly.

I liked the idea of the suit & I liked the characters in this book for the most part. I have to admit that I'm not as into Julie as I am some of the other characters, though. She's a sympathetic character, but she's just not entirely a likable person- part of which I think is done on purpose. (Which actually makes me more intrigued by her as a character.
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