Things Emerge From The Shadows In Red Mother #2

by Brendan M. Allen

Daisy struggles to find her boyfriend Luke after they were attacked – but as the visions from her prosthetic eye grow stronger, she’s drawn further into the mystery of the Red Mother.

Grief takes many forms. In BOOM! Studios’ The Red Mother #2, Daisy McDonough is dealing with the presumed death of her boyfriend Luke and the loss of one of her eyes. Vividly detailed dreams and waking hallucinations grow in intensity as she tries to reconcile the events that led her to this place in her life. It’s a lot to process, but Daisy is in therapy, trying to work it through as best she can.

Jeremy Haun is in no rush. Red Mother is the very definition of a slow burn. Intriguing setup, solid characters and deliberate character development, occasional spikes in the excitement levels to keep the reader invested. Check, check, and check. 
Daisy is damaged, but honestly, who the hell wouldn’t be? With the obvious physical and emotional trauma, it’s unclear at this point how many of these strange occurrences are psychosomatic, and which fall squarely in occult territory. So far, no one else has seen the “Smiling Man,” Luke’s ethereal presence, or, you know, The Red Mother herself.

Art by Danny Luckert is brilliantly suited to this exact type of story. Luckert has a unique style that flips easily between perfectly mundane scenes of everyday life to unspeakable horror that lies just beyond. It’s not an easy balance, but it’s executed seamlessly here.
The Red Mother #2 is tense and disturbing. It examines pain, loss, and emotional health through the satirical lens of urban horror. If you’re into Regression and Gideon Falls, you’ll probably want to add this one to your pull list.

The Red Mother #2, BOOM! Studios, 15 January 2020. Created/written by Jeremy Haun, illustrated by Danny Luckert, letters by Ed Dukeshire, cover and red variant cover by Jeremy Haun with color by Nick Filardi, unlocked retailer variant cover by Toni Infante, designed by Marie Krupina, edited by Eric Harburn assisted by Ramiro Portnoy and Gwen Waller.

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