Writer: James L. White
Artists: Dalibor Talajic, Juan Mar (colors)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Lincoln Greer is an extremely successful man. Not an easy trick for a black man in North Carolina. However, being very competent and a hard worker help in that. Unfortunately, heís also a failure as a father. In the midst of a number of things that take precedence over his family, namely his work and love life, Lincís divorcee wife thrusts his estranged son upon him. Neither father nor son are particularly happy about the arrangement, but both make due and head out for a hunting trip in the wilds of the state. And so begins the new limited series from BOOM!, Hunterís Moon.
The first issue of Hunterís Moon is pretty much all exposition. While this may not be incredibly exciting, it does a great job of setting up the rest of the story for the future four issues. There are a number of reasons for this. First and foremost, while the first issue may not be exciting per se, it is far from boring. This is an adult, layered story that is complex in both its plot and characters.
Letís talk about the latter one first. The book is a perfect example of the axiom, "show, donít tell." While a co-worker does make one direct mention of Lincís success, at no point does someone say, "Gee Mr. Greer, youíre so successful, that must have been difficult for a black man in North Carolina." Instead the reader is briefly shown his upbringing, which is in stark contrast to his current situation. As the story develops, it becomes clear that Linc has conflicted feelings towards his family. On one hand, he has worked very hard to provide for them, but at the same time he yearns to be free of the emotional bonds he has to them. This may make Greer sound callous, but the book manages to achieve the opposite: he's a believable character that is easy to sympathize with. Impressively, the same goes for his son. While the discussion Linc and his boy get into about half-way through the book may start out as something from an after school special, the story manages to use it to show the fully rounded character of the son.
The plot is equally complex. Much like Deliverance, the book manages to take something simple and mundane, such as a father/son hunting trip, and somehow cast ominous tones into it. Whether itís the waitress who seems to take an all too keen interest in the wealth of the father, or the sheriff who draws his gun on the black son for pushing a man too hard, the story does an excellent job of conveying that more is going on than meets the eye. When this chapter reaches its climax with a horrible crime, the reader will be left wondering who the perpetrator is.
Another impressive aspect of the story is just how much the art manages to cram into this first issue. Thereís more content on a page of this book than there is within three pages of most contemporary titles. It does this without seeming crowded or compromising the integrity of the art.
Hunterís Moon is a cinematic experience without having to limit its content to the time limit of a movie. It is engaging and will hook the reader into waiting impatiently for issue #2.
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