It’s come to my attention that most of the comics I review receive pretty favorable scores and that’s mainly because I review comics that I think I’ll like. Most of the time these comics are in particular genre or written by an author I like so I’m usually enjoying the books, but today I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and decide to review Moses by Carlton and Darrick Hargro, a sci-fi mystery with some horror elements to it.
*Spoiler that ish*
Our story beings with a missing child and a hysterical family. Where the child went and who took him is a mystery, equally mysterious are the strangers who show up with promises to help the family retrieve their boy. Enter our heroin Moses, flanked by her cohorts Michael and Devon. Moses explains that the child was abducted by extra-terrestrials and have been doing so to people for decades at least. The reason for these abductions is never mentioned or implied but this is what has been going on, of course, the family doesn’t believe her until the abducted child returns beckoning his mother and younger brother to follow him into the light that has just brought him back. Moses and company begin to fire off rounds at the ship which fires back while trying to make their escape our heroine gets tired of running and uses her immense telekinetic powers to turn the gigantic alien space ship into a metal disk the size of a Frisby and that’s where it ends...for now.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of this book. Don’t get me wrong, I like the setup fine, the theme of alien abduction has always been the most horrifying to me as far as the horror genre goes and the allusion to Moses being Harriet Tubman, freeing those held captive by the aliens isn’t lost on me either, however what took me out of the story was the pacing. The story felt rushed, Moses gives us an exposition dump about what happened to the boy, and conveniently after that, the aliens come back to take the rest of the family. The sense of urgency was also a miss for me since after a few laser blasts from the alien ship Moses just destroyed them effortlessly, I mean why were they even attempting to run from their attackers at all if she could just crush them like that? That last bit removed any tension that the comic held for me and left everything feeling a bit pointless overall.
The art in this comic is ‘okay; at best Juan C. Baez and Manuel Avila do a serviceable job giving bringing the characters to life there’s just nothing spectacular about it. The characters don’t look particularly cool or special. I do appreciate however the designs of the alien ships and the panel layout which does a great job of setting the tone for the story in certain scenes. All in all, this wasn’t the worst artwork I’ve seen, but it didn’t blow me away either.
I wanted to enjoy this book, I really did especially with the alien abduction angle but it felt too rushed to me and there wasn’t much established except that Moses is extremely powerful and shouldn’t be running away from giant alien spaceships.
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