Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ECHO #23 (Parents Note Mature Themes)

ECHO #23
PARENTS NOTE THAT THIS BOOK HAS STRONG LANGUAGE, MATURE THEMES, AND VIOLENCE.

A great deal has happened in this series by Terry Moore.  Earlier story arcs are collected in trade format.  Still, this Black & White book has a great group of characters and compelling conspiracies.  I could see this as a SYFY television series.

Basically you have a young woman named Annie who was blown to pieces by her company while using an experimental metal suit.  She literally rains down on Julie Martin who is in the desert taking pictures.  This begins a tale of danger, love, and the fate of the world.

Julie has the metal bonded to her body and not all of it is in her possession.  She has a deranged homeless guy to deal with that likes to splatter people.  Did I mention the metal can blast people with energy?  That is what the guy Cain does and Julie can as well.  She tends to do more healing with the metal thanks to remnants of Annie inside the alloy.  So we have a strange alloy that can destroy and heal.

This was my jumping on to Terry Moore's work.  I cringe at the #3.50 price each time I buy the book, but it has been an intelligent and enjoyable read.  There are four collected trades so far and it is a great little story.  Not a casual read, you have to actually work through the science sometimes.

BDS