RACHEL RISING VOL. 4: WINTER GRAVES (Abstract Studios, 2014; Softcover)
Collects Rachel Rising Nos. 19-24 (cover dates September, 2013- April, 2014)
Writer and Artist: Terry Moore
The town of Manson is having the snowstorm of the century, much like my fine city of Detroit did this past winter when we shattered the previous record snowfall set in 1880-81. It always snows in Manson, just like it snowed almost every day in Detroit this past winter. Rachel and Jet are possessed by victims of Manson's dark past. Manson was the site of witch hunts 300 years ago, and Moore does a great job tying the past into the present. Now about the future...Malus isn't going to be satisfied by anything less than the end of all, is he (it)?
Sorry to be so vague, folks. This series is deceptively simple yet pleasingly nuanced. While it is a Horror comic, it is a subtle Horror bordering on drama. It's still not too late to jump on board, folks. No fair weather fans or bandwagon accusations here in comic books. If you find the prospect of paying 5 bucks a pop to see the “end” of Wolverine insulting then come on over here. They can have their 3D covers...I'll take Rachel Rising.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 5 out of 5.
The OCD zone- Pro: The issue covers feature the trade dress, a rarity in contemporary collected editions. Con: The covers are in black and white, like the issues. Pro: The MSRP is low for 6 issues; with that, I can let the lack of color for the covers slide. OCD yin/yang.
DVD-style Extras included in this book: None.
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. Good weight uncoated stock.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 4.5 out of 5. Dull matte finish coating which is scuff resistant.