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"Red Mother #11" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BOOM! Studios

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Written by Jeremy Haun
Illustrated by Danny Luckert
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 9th, 2020

Review:

At long last, Daisy's puzzle project is ready to be unveiled. This job has taken her halfway around the world, which proved to be a much-needed distraction from the horrors she witnessed back at home. Getting attacked by a mysterious entity that kidnapped her boyfriend and took her eye certainly had an effect on her. All is not what it seems though, as the curtain is pulled back and the vast conspiracy unfolds.

The Red Mother has been a perfect definition of the term “slow burn.” After hitting with a dynamite hook in its first issue, it has taken an almost painful amount of time to get to this point. All the mysteries around Daisy, her attacker, and the cult-like group that seems to be pulling the strings in her life, are about to come to a head. So...does it stick the landing?

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Well, we're not quite done with the story yet, but writer Jeremy Haun most definitely ratchets up the terror in Red Mother #11. Just when you think it's gone as far as it can go, that dial gets turned up again, leaning into the horrors awaiting poor Daisy. There's a Rosemary's Baby vibe to this chapter as the innocent protagonist is suddenly swarmed by all these cultists.

Artist Danny Luckert shines in Red Mother #11, particularly with his use of the color red. Once things really start to heat up, red engulfs Daisy and everything around her. It's definitely a sign of danger here, starting light, with the color of her dress, then the eerie glow of the room she uncovers, then in the robes of the cult followers surrounding her.

One of the standouts in Red Mother has been the strange shadow creature with its eerie grinning face. It towers over Daisy in this issue. Its body doesn't seem to have a real form. It's more about the absence of light. Letterer Ed Dukeshire gives it a lilting voice as it seems to bark out Daisy's name, beckoning her forward towards her fate.

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Despite the fact that she designed this puzzle, Daisy still carries a lot of insecurities. Luckert shows how uneasy she is about being alone, especially in the darkness. It makes her appear more vulnerable, which makes the second half of the issue all the more frightening.

I will be honest in that I was about to give up on Red Mother. There were a few issues where we focused almost entirely on Daisy's life about town, ignoring the strange entity that has been haunting her. Now, those two sides have collided together in a horrifying clash. This issue builds to a jaw-dropping climax. It's the kind of horror you almost want to look away from, but you have to see where it goes.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
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Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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