"Eclipse #9" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics / Top Cow Productions
Written by Zack Kaplan
Illustrated by Giovanni Timpano
Colored by Flavio Dispenza
Lettered by Troy Peteri
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 1st, 2018
The intrigue continues in a world where the sun can kill you at a moment's notice. There's trouble above and below ground as the mysterious albino, immune to the sun's harmful rays, walks freely. The multiple plot points within Eclipse keep rocketing forward at a breakneck pace.
Let's start with the albino. It is a little funny that the only guy that can walk around in the daytime without burning to a crisp is pasty white. We don't know much about this man or his intentions, but it looks like this story arc will change that. Where everyone else can only go out to the surface in bulky astronaut suits, he acts like everything is normal.
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Just in case you needed a reminder of how deadly the sun is in Eclipse, artist Giovanni Timpano shows you pretty early on in this issue. It moves incredibly fast. One guy loses his helmet and his face melts within seconds. It's a more gruesome version of the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is a terrifying sight to see human flesh turn into liquid. There's just enough time for the man to open his mouth in shock, only for it to be filled with melting skin from his own face. That's a sentence I never thought I'd write.
This extends to the plight of David Baxter, out in the world trying to make his way to New York City. Colorist Flavio Dispenza creates a brilliant juxtaposition between the cooler nighttime scenes and the aforementioned deathly daytime sequences. The landscape almost looks normal, then you take a closer look and see the wasteland he's crossing is covered in fallen satellites.
Timpano's pencils are full of intricate details and that's especially true for this scene. It's amazing to see all the little specific elements within each of these discarded vessels. It speaks volumes regarding just how devastating the Flare was and the effect it had on the world.
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Baxter's plight turns dire as the sun begins to rise, creating an awesome and super tense scene as he rushes to find cover. You know when it's really hot out and you might drive around for a bit longer to find a parking spot in the shade? Imagine doing that, but if you don't find a shaded spot, you'll die. As the sun rises more and more, the light creeps in over nearly everything. Touching it in the slightest will melt his skin off so he's got to creep into just the right spot to survive.
I really love the font used by letterer Troy Peteri. It's kind of a rougher look, almost hand-written in nature that works well with the overall look and feel of Eclipse.
I didn't need another reason to avoid the outdoors, but Eclipse certainly provides one. The idea that the sun is a killer is something I've long believed, so that would have been enough for me to enjoy this book. Writer Zack Kaplan uses that as a starting point, building a comprehensive world of corruption and intrigue around it and seeding it with exciting action sequences to make an awesome and riveting read.