Terry Moore misses no opportunity to ratchet up the suspense and mystery in this volume, even when he s already done quite a bit of heavy lifting in terms of question answering in the fourth volume Thing start to get pretty weird in this one, with the Phi suit starting to cause unusual side effects in Julie and Ivy Moore has a knack for revealing new details and twists at a pace that keeps you guessing and invested, while never dropping the characters he s spent 4 volumes bringing to life I ve talked a lot about this in reviews of previous volumes, but suffice it to say this series never lets up or slows down It s just a suspenseful, character driven sci fi story that I really don t want to end. The very last panel of the very last page of this volume gave me a good chuckle.Thankfully, Hong the implausible is dealt with quickly and that plot point is moved away from swiftly The volume then delivers an unexpected, but very good, comic double act in Julie and Ivy as they both grow in opposite directions I don t quite know why the alloy is having this effect on Ivy, and I feel like perhaps we won t ever really get an explanation and it s just Plot But it s entertaining, so I ll let it slide The thing with Julie and insects animals in interesting I wonder if that s coming from her natural love of animals and being amplified by the alloy Hope there s something about this before the end.It s nice that this volume ties up the view spoiler Cain story line hide spoiler Hong almost succeeds in getting the alloy off of Julie, injuring Ivy in the process When Julie Annie attempts to heal Ivy, the alloy somehow reverses her aging process now she s regressing both physically and mentally with no signs of stopping The alloy is starting to change Julie as well she s becoming physically stronger and larger It s also pissing her off She doesn t really want to be a hero, she just wants her normal life back Julie and Ivy finally meet up with Dillon and together they set off in pursuit of Cain, the crazy man who also has some of the alloy Cain has taken another one of the Phi scientists hostage Vijay and is using him as sacrifice bait to lure Julie to his mountaintop Their showdown is kind of anticlimactic, though Cain has already immolated himself when they arrive, and the remaining alloy jumps to Julie Ivy puts Cain out of his misery with a well placed bullet On to the collider There s some amusing banter between Julie and Ivy, as Julie begins to assert herself Terry Moore puts them in some uncomfortable situations, too, adding a bit of comic relief to take the edge off of the suspense It s a nice touch Really enjoying this. Government conspiracies Black holes Fun sci fi stuff This volume contains issues 21 25. I never would have thought Terry Moore would go from Strangers in Paradise while very good for most its run did drag a lot in its middle to Echo arguably the best science fiction comic published today Yes it take place today, and the science is not perfect But we get super colliders, government conspiracies, newly discovered unstable elements, the power to make black holes, and the likely end of the world During all of this Moore keeps the central characters of Julies, Dillon, Ivy and Annie yes I know she s dead interesting and or compelling. view spoiler While escaping from Liu, Ivy learns how to make a key that will release Julie from the Beta suit When Julie heals Ivy s stab wound, they start to change Julie gets larger maybe seven feet tall by book s end and Ivy gets younger and younger until she looks pre adolescent Cain kidnaps Vijay and forces a final confrontation on top of a mountain Old Testament showdown hide spoiler I love our characters the ones that remain at least unpredictable, continuing to evolve with their circumstances, and give me something really interesting to think about how would I react in these circumstances.Moore has a talent for not putting everything into words sometimes people do things without thinking, sometimes things happen that no one has to narrate There s still plenty of text, but I appreciate Moore s balance and restraint.Mysteries keep compounding And the metaphysics are embiggening Hard to gauge what is science and what isother Fun though, very much fun. Julie And Ivy Must Stop The Launch Of The Ill Fated Phi Collider, But Scientist Hong Liu Has Other Plans When He Takes The Pair Hostage With The Fate Of The World On Their Shoulders, The Women Must Escape, Track Down A Serial Killer And Retrieve The Remaining Alloy Complications Arise As The Side Effects Of The Powerful Allow Cause Julie To Grow Larger As Ivy Grows Younger Collects Issues Thrilled to find Terry Moore s booth at C2E2 last weekend and very sad to hear that 5 is the next to last book Tried to wait, tried to savor it, but ripped through it in two sittings Interesting developments Julie has discovered new powers, Ivy seems to be getting younger, Annie has made another appearance, people are dying and at the rate Moore s going, this is going to end with the whole world blowing up Sigh Satisfying, but I really wish the series would have contained a few books I m a big fan of the fact you have to have side effects Nothing is perfect, and especially when you play with Science and God, you end up with Reactions This one is all about reactions Childhood and love and survival are all ramping up, testing us on what is important and what isn t and what defines something Skin Time I literally can not wait except for having to for the conclusion in two weeks.
Following the examples of independent comic creators such as Dave Sim and Jeff Smith, he decided to publish Strangers in Paradise himself through his own Houston based Abstract Studios imprint, and has frequently mentioned a desire to do a syndicated cartoon strip in the authors notes at the back of the Strangers in Paradise collection books He has also mentioned his greatest career influence i
- 104 pages
- Echo (Echo, #5)
- Terry Moore
- 26 November 2019 Terry Moore