Review: Red Mother #2

Red Mother #2Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Jeremy Haun
Artist: Danny Luckert
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Released: January 15th, 2020
Rating: 4 1/2 Star

Red Mother #2 was another dramatic addition to this series. It may only be two issues in, but I’ve already found myself eagerly awaiting the next installment of this series! There’s no doubt that this is one of the most stunning and stylistic series I’ve been reading as of late. Combine that with a chilling plot and consider me sold.

The first issue introduced us to Daisy and her boyfriend, Luke, who is now among the missing. Now we get to see how she’s been coping with everything…and hopefully learn a bit more about who or what this Red Mother is.

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The Plot

Red Mother #2 is every bit as chilling as the first issue in the series. Though perhaps with a slight alteration in tone. Daisy is still in a fair bit of danger – though that fact has become less clear, as time takes her away from the events that took her eye (and her boyfriend).

It felt like a lot of this issue was focused on Daisy trying to deal with her trauma…but at the same time there’s this highly disturbing undertone to the issue. Perhaps that’s because we know the story is far from over. That and the fact that there is very clearly something supernatural surrounding these events. A fact that Daisy has yet to admit to herself.

The cliffhanger conclusion of this issue has left me so curious and eager for more. It isn’t at all what I expected. It’s still highly disturbing – of course, it is. But it also feels much more tech-oriented than I would have anticipated, and I rather like that surprise.

There are some really strong themes here, and Jeremy Haun has done an excellent job of blending them and building up the tension along the way. This tale of Daisy’s has only just begun, and I have a feeling things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.

The Art

The artwork in Red Mother #2 is simply stunning. I think I mentioned that in my review of the first issue as well, and that hasn’t changed. Though there are fewer warnings this time around. Her eye injury is still there, but it’s significantly less graphic this time around.

The themes of death and gore are dominant, yet they’re elegantly portrayed here. Add in Daisy’s pain and rage, both of which are clearly visible on these pages, and you’ve got an exquisite reading experience waiting for you.

Danny Luckert was the main artist for this issue, and holy cow is he an impressive artist. I’m blown away by what was done here. And that means I should probably make a point of looking up what else he’s come up with.

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In Conclusion

Red Mother #2 was everything I had been hoping for, based on my expectations from the first issue. It was beautiful and passionate, elegant and disturbing. It’s the perfect showcase of blending themes and concepts, and I for one cannot wait to see more of this series.

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