Saturday, December 10, 2011

Echo Vol. 6: The Last Day

by Terry Moore

Echo comes to a very satisfying finish in this final volume. Julie and her friends confront their pursuers in a gigantic secret super-collider hidden under the snowy wastelands of Alaska, with the fate of the entire world hanging in the balance.

While much of this volume is spent portraying the action scenes needed to finish things off properly, it is actually the quieter character moments that fill this book that really make it worth reading.  Terry Moore created some very cool, very realistic characters in this book, and uses them wonderfully in the pursuit of his story.

I particularly like the interactions between Julie (who is also sort of Annie, the woman whose death sparked off this whole series) and Ivy, the super-spy who has been helping them.  Lately, Julie has been growing at an increased rate, and Ivy has been de-aging at the same speed, giving a comic appearance to their interactions.

Echo is a terrifically grounded story about a woman who discovers a strange metallic alloy which bonds to her body and provides her with some new abilities.  Of course, there is an evil corporation involved (corporations are the real bad guys, and we all know that), and it's nice to see how things work out in the end.

I can't recommend this series enough.  It has been released in a single volume, which would make a nice Christmas present to a comics reader who has not branched far away from the Big Two companies, but who would enjoy a well-written, beautifully drawn, complete story.

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