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"The Red Mother #2" 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 January 15th, 2020

Review:

Daisy is understandably still reeling from the mysterious death of her boyfriend, Luke. The police are saying he up and left, but that's not true at all. She saw him get consumed by something. It was the same thing that cut out her eye. Now she's having horrific visions of a sinister creature slowly stalking her. What is this monster and what does it have to do with Luke's death?

The best word to describe The Red Mother is “haunting.” Artist Danny Luckert's imagery has a way of lulling you into this false sense of security by surrounding you in a world of total normalcy...and then he throws something crazy at you to make you crap your pants. That's definitely the case with this shadowy monster.

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This thing looks like it's made of darkness...or bees. It could be made of a swarm of bees. Its body resembles that of a person, but it's dark and billowing. It's capped with a sickening face with a grin that's way too large. The face is not quite human. This plays with the uncanny valley in a really unsettling way.

Daisy's visions are distinguished by a violent red hue that coats everything and everyone around it. They come on often without any warning, which makes them every scarier. Of course, the only thing that's not red is that freaky monster guy. Since Daisy is the only one seeing this, we have to wonder if this is all in her head or if it's real. This adds another layer of terror to The Red Mother.

Throughout this entire issue we get a close examination of how Daisy is going through the grieving process. Writer Jeremy Haun makes this feel so very real and personal. This further invests us with her as a character, making the visions and the monster all the more frightening because we fear for her safety. There's a look of abject terror on her face when a vision comes over her.

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Letterer Ed Dukeshire mixes up the styling of word balloons when a vision hits. Daisy goes through a few different emotions, none of them good. There's denial, fear, and anger and the font choices reflect that. Her words start small and erratic before getting larger and more intense as the emotions get stronger.

Although we are no closer to understanding what kind of evil is really at work in The Red Mother, it is still incredibly riveting and completely terrifying. This is a comic that will stay with you for some time. It creates an uneasy feeling that will have you looking over your shoulder hours after reading it. Daisy can only see these things because of what happened to her, so are monsters like this lurking around us and we just can't see them? It makes you wonder in the best way and that's what's making this book stand out.

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Overall: 5 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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