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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2012
Rachel is having a really bad day. She woke up in a shallow grave, mostly dead.

She goes to talk to the people she trusts, but her day gets weirder and weirder, and people keep dying. Meanwhile, in a parallel story, a little girl is also having a terrible day. When Rachel and Zoe run into each other, it just gets worse and worse.

I loved this story because it was creepy and interesting. I loved that, as usual, Moore creates a variety of characters who happen to be women, who are not all alike. Very little reference exists to their sexual commodity pricing.

I am not very good at decoding comics images, so I struggled a bit with Rachel and a character who looks very much like her, but it turns out there is a story reason for that, so I let it go. Other than that, there are enough identifying characteristics to tell everyone apart. The art is evocative, clear, and detailed.

Read if: You like Terry Moore's work. You are willing to exist in suspense. You want to support an author with multiple, diverse female characters.

Skip if: Creepy devil snake will give you nightmares. You are suspicious of setups that sound a little Stephen King.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
When I finally got my issue in the mail the only dissapointment I had was that the staple made the front cover rub off where it was. My cover should match the perfection of its contents. Each frame is a work of art on its own! I absolutely love the way Mr. Moore leads his readers from one event to the next. His characters, no matter how small of a part they hold, have such a presence that you wish you were in each page. What most tend not to state is the quality of the comic structure itself. The pages aren't thin and flimsy which is sooooooo nice for collector/readers. This is not poorly made. A definite suggestion to new and old readers of comic books. : Pick one up today!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2012
I've been reading this series since issue # 1 hit my comic store. The comic starts with Rachel waking up in shalow grave. She has no clue as to what's happened to her. From there, Rachel is trying to figure out what has happened to her. Fill with all kinds of characters, which really drive the story.

If you like Echo, you'll like this.

If you just like horror you'll probably like it.

:)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2013
The visual pauses between the action are really well executed, covering pages at times with no words needed. The non-linear storyline didn't feel contrived as it often does in other comics. The art is wonderful, too, but perhaps the best thing about this book is its refusal to bore the reader with backstory and exposition. It dives right in from the jarring first pages; the reader feels as if he or she has stumbled into an interesting series of events. The author reveals just enough to sate the reader's appetite for answers, but never too much to dull the suspense and mystery.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
Wow, this book really surprised me. I only have a passing familiarity with Terry Moore's work and I'm not the biggest horror fan but I picked this up on a whim and was totally impressed.

First and foremost, Moore's art is fantastic. The panel design and layout is brilliant. The detail is fantastic, whether it's small details in the dirt or the gory nuances of a decapitation. The characters are easily distinguished (another reviewer mentioned Rachel and another character looking alike, but as they said, that's something of a plot device so it gets a pass) which in a black and white book can be difficult to accomplish.

The story really grabs the reader. In short, without giving any major details away, Rachel wakes up dead. She has very little memory of the moments leading up to her demise and goes back to her town to try to figure out how/why she's dead. In the mean time, strange and often violent things are happening around town that have some connection to her death and apparent resurrection. While that might not sound like much, the way Moore slowly doles out details and introduces the cast keeps it moving along at a good pace. Plus, the brief snippets of Rachel's "final" moments are seemingly building toward a big reveal or payoff down the road.

The story is by no means complete and "Shadow of Death" ends with you, the reader, wanting more. I'm not sure how many parts Terry Moore has planned for this series, but I'm hooked. I finished the first volume and am looking forward to getting the second. Great buy and easily one of the best comics being published right now.
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If you go down to the woods today… the dead will come back to life…

I was really on the fence about this one and put it off and off because there are way too many “dead coming back to life” books out right now – iZombie, Revival, Manifest Destiny and The Walking Dead to name a few – but it turns out Rachel Rising may be the best of them all!

It has one of the best opening sequences ever – gorgeous art of an eerie forest, silent panels, the figure of a mysterious girl standing around waiting for something atop a rocky outcropping, a leaf blowing on the wind catches fire somehow, and an arm reaches up from the ground: Rachel rises. It’s so elegantly paced, simple yet draws you in instantly, and sets the tone and the story up perfectly.

So what happened to Rachel – how did she die and how is she returned to life? Who is the mysterious girl in the woods? Why are so many supernatural things happening in this small town and what does it mean?

First volumes that tend to pose too many questions can be a frustrating read – see Morning Glories Volume 1 – but the first Rachel Rising volume takes its time to draw you into Rachel’s life. There are no prolonged flashbacks and, because the reader knows as much as she does, we’re finding out things at the same time as she is – there’s an immediacy to the plotting that compels you to keep turning the page, needing to know what happens next.

And even though we don’t find out much in the way of answers at the end of the first book, you’re so caught up in what is happening that you don’t mind. It’s a really well measured plot that you’re happy to wait and see play out in its own time.

Terry Moore is that rarest of combinations: a writer and artist who can do both really well. Take the opening sequence which shows that Moore knows when to let the images tell the story and when to interject with dialogue. The comic flows smoothly with this excellent balance between words and pictures that so few writer/artists achieve – usually they are strongest in one to the detriment of the other.

Moore’s black and white art is wonderful - an odd word given the horrific subject matter of dead bodies and visceral murder, but it really is great. His female characters look the most convincing real women that I’ve seen in a while and he’s able to transform ordinary American downtown areas into dramatic gothic backdrops. The forest scenes also have a disturbingly delightful magical quality to them.

It’s not totally perfect as some of the story elements were clichéd, like the foster father turning out to be a perv and the kindly neighbour who turned out to be completely insane – I called both as soon as I saw them. And it annoyed me a bit how long it took Rachel to convince her aunt that she was who she said she was, but these are very minor points.

The summary doesn’t do the book justice either – Rachel’s boyfriend has a scene but there’s no indication (yet) that he’s behind her death or that she was killed to be replaced with another woman. Framing the book like that makes it seem cheap and cheesy which it isn’t.

Rachel Rising 1 is a thoroughly enjoyable supernatural comic with great characters and a mystery that grabs you from the start. Compellingly written and beautifully drawn, it's an outstanding effort from Terry Moore that’s definitely worth reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
This is a great story. The first six chapters are in this volume and now that I know that, I already went down to my local comic book store to order six through ten.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
The awards that rachel rising has earned are well deserved. The artwork is gorgeous and the story is clever and exciting. I can't wait to read more.
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on August 30, 2015
Death is not the worst thing that can happen to you - particularly not if you live in a town called Manson. Terry Moore's Rachel Rising opens with that very pointed epigram from Plato, and the titular Rachel does seem fairly unfazed by the fact someone killed her Tuesday and left her to rot in a shallow grave. Instead, Rachel rises, attempting to resume her life and piece together exactly what happened to her.

It's unclear from this first volume whether Rachel is a zombie proper or not, which is probably a bonus for those suffering undead oversaturation. What is clear is that there's a lot more going on here than a simply murder, and that Moore intends to take us down a very dark and twisted path full of murder, magic, and mayhem. To which I say: Yes, please.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2011
If you are fan of the comic book medium and serialized fiction, you are going to love this comic book. Independent comic book veteran Terry Moore is in perfect form here. There will be obvious references to his Strangers in Paradise work (strong, female lead character), but don't let that shy you away from this. There's a reason why SiP was such a hit in the 90s and the 00s! Enjoy the mystery as Moore takes you on (for what I can only hope to be) a very long ride.
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