Gaze Into The Abyss And The Abyss Gazes Back- The Red Mother #1
by Brendan M. Allen
Jeremy Haun returns to his The Beauty roots as he teams with Danny Luckert, hot off Regression, for a new psychological horror series.
After losing her eye and the man she loves in a brutal mugging, Daisy McDonough is left trying to put the pieces of her life back together. Just when she begins to think she can heal- move on, she begins to see strange things through her new prosthetic eye. And The Red Mother sees her in return.
The Red Mother follows Faithless, Once & Future, and Something is Killing the Children for a new original series that examines the dangers that hide in plain sight – and the consequences of digging beneath the surface to find the truth underneath.
Red Mother #1 kicks off innocently enough. Luke and Daisy have just finished copious amounts of pizza and are headed back to Luke’s for a little of the sexy stuff. Discussing travel plans and the odds of taking their relationship to the next level, cohabitation. Then Luke hears a noise down a dark alley, and pops off to investigate, as you do. Daisy wakes up in hospital, less one eye and one boyfriend.
Jeremy Haun plays a slow hand in this opening chapter. Fair enough. We get a decent idea what kind of kid Daisy is, or rather, was. Right before her life went completely sideways. The events are horrific, sure, but from an outside perspective, things can be explained. Cut up girl. Missing boyfriend. Domestic violence? Mugging gone wrong? There’s something else here, though. Daisy knows.
Danny Luckert flexed his horror chops back in Image Comics’ Regression with Cullen Bunn. Many of the same challenges are present here. To the casual observer, everything looks perfectly mundane, while the main characters are experiencing horrors beyond imagination. It’s not easy to push that across, but Luckert has a skill set perfectly suited to this exact setup.
Red Mother #1 does exactly what it sets out to. It opens so sweetly and gently, then pops you right in the chin with the violence. The horror elements are subtle at first, but when they do eventually pop up, it still isn’t fully clear if they are what they seem. Daisy’s post-traumatic brain could well be twisting her experience. This thing could go a couple different ways. I’m in. Let’s kick this pig.
The Red Mother #1, BOOM! Studios, 11 December 2019. Created and written by Jeremy Haun, illustrated by Danny Luckert, lettered by Ed Dukeshire, cover/red variant cover/one-per-store variant cover by Jeremy Haun, variant cover by Danny Luckert, unlocked variant cover by Jae Lee and June Chung, Black Cape Comics variant covers by John Giang,