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"The Red Mother #5" 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 June 3rd, 2020

Review:

Daisy's terrifying visions of the Red Mother are getting worse. There are times where she can't tell what's real and what isn't...but what if this mysterious woman and her frightening companion can hurt her? She needs to get away, and the strange new job offer she's received may be just the thing.

The Red Mother #5 starts out with a haunting sequence showing Daisy fleeing from some cult-like followers all ready to embrace their horrifying leader. Meanwhile, her enforcer, a bulky shadow of a being, stalks Daisy. While it doesn't speak, it certainly looks threatening. There's no way it has good intentions...right?

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Artist Danny Luckert does a brilliant job with this scene. It sets a high bar for the rest of the issue, as we're on edge from the jump. These pages have a suffocating quality to them as these people surround Daisy from all sides. The color work creates a foreboding atmosphere that adds to this claustrophobic tone. These shots are interspersed with bursts of bright red whenever a real danger pops up to further terrify you.

A big part of this scene is how quiet it is, especially at the end. It's a shock and it shows on Daisy's face. Letterer Ed Dukeshire is used sparingly on these pages, but his word balloons have some impact, particularly with the sounds that come from the Red Mother's enforcer. I hesitate to call it speech because it's something far more disturbing.

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While this opening is solid, the rest of the issue is somewhat low-key as Daisy makes a decision on her next steps in life that is the only logical conclusion. It serves as some closure for her, which is certainly valuable, but comes across as rather ho-hum after the first few pages full of tension.

This book has always been a slow burn, as writer Jeremy Haun has crafted an incredibly unsettling story. Now that we're five issues in, it feels a bit too slow. We don't know anything about the Red Mother or what she wants with Daisy. We've jumped from one scary vision to the next without any real exposition. Hopefully this picks up soon, as it feels like we're treading water a bit.

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Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 3 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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