Review: Echo: Moon Lake by Terry Moore

Review: Echo: Moon Lake by Terry Moore
Terry Moore is a comic creator genius and this is a look at the first trade paperback of his new series, Echo.
The first volume – ‘Echo: Moon Lake’ - was recently sent to me and I sped through it like a kid with a bag of candy. I couldn’t get enough of this brilliant book and it is responsible for nearly making me miss the Serbia v Ghana match.

Terry Moore is a genius. He’s well respected as one of the most talented creatives in the comics industry, earning an Eisner Award in 1996 for SiP and he is a fan favourite for the more recent ‘Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane’ series at Marvel. With Echo he brings his amazing artistic skills together with his amazing talent for telling a truly unique and intelligent story.

“Julie Martin is taking photographs in the California desert when an explosion in the clouds showers her with liquid metal pellets that stick to her skin and begin to reform a powerful atomic armour. Now somebody wants Julie dead, and the only one who can save her is a woman they’ve already killed.”

I won’t say much more about the story itself than that, but there is a lot that is praise-worthy.

The story itself is really unique and immediately gives you a sense of something significantly different. I was really quite surprised with the ending of the first issue in this beautiful collection, and by the end of the second issue I was deeply attached to our lead character.

Moore is a talented artist, but I didn’t know just how talented until I saw the inside of this book. He draws really beautiful people. I don’t mean that all the people in the book are beautiful, because there are ugly and mediocre looking people throughout, but each character and figure drawn is individual, making it really easy to recognize who is who. Just a look at the character will also give you an idea of whether they’re good or bad, though whether that holds through is another question entirely.

Julie is a beautiful woman, and I have a pretty heavy crush on her right now. Not just because Moore draws her in her panties or in her chrome bra a lot, but because of her facial expressions, posture, reactions to situations. Both the character and the image of her has drawn me in.

This collection of the first five issues of Echo is highly recommended - you’ll love it if you like good art, a well told story and intriguing and three-dimensional characters. There are villains – both black and gray – and good guys – both white and gray – and I can’t wait to read more of Echo.

This book gets 9 out of 10 from me, and you should all head along to Terry Moore's website to order it.
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