While reading The Best American Comics: 2013 I came across Terry Moore’s written and illustrated

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While reading The Best American Comics: 2013 I came across Terry Moore’s written and illustrated “Rachel Rising” which is an invigorating horror comic excerpt where a beautiful woman named Rachel Beck awakes from a shallow grave crawling her way free, mostly dead with no clue how she ended up there or who strangled her to death. The excerpt is a short representation of the full comic series and a must say this is an exhilarating piece of artwork that leaves you off on a cliff hanger, which had me hungry for more. Similarly to the excerpt, every issue basically ends on a cliff hanger. The story is meant to be long-term, slow-build storytelling, like comic and TV show “The Walking Dead.” Let me start off by saying there are 3 complete…show more content…
At first glance the excerpt was compelling, mysterious, and horrifying, that is exactly what this comic series is all about. Every issue, every page you turn you learn something new about Rachel and the town of Manson. “Rachel Rising” is violent and edgy, as a horror comic should be perceived as in which the excerpt portrays perfectly for the series. “Racheal Rising” is a textured piece that requires you to be patient while the layers of narrative unfold. Moore seems to relish the way he plots the action, in such a manner that the builds and the decomposition of the mystery intertwine and strengthen each other. First and foremost, Moore is a fantastic artist, the detail in his artwork are amazing at that, whether it was the small details in dirt, background or even the gory nuance of Rachel pushed to her second death off the roof of five story building crushing into a car roof. The story starts with a long silent sequence as a woman walks through the woods during dawn, coming to a clearing over a muddy trench. At this point, Rachel rises from the pit, seemingly coming back from the dead, almost looking like the woman looking down at her. Her eyes are blood shot from burst of blood vessels and her skin is cold due to a slow heartbeat, 6 beats per minute to be precise, giving her that pale deathly look. From the beginning you can tell there is a certain distinct feeling of

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