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Aunt Johnny lies dead in a mortuary, Manson is buried under the snowstorm of the century and Jet is possessed by a 15-year-old boy from the 1600s. Rachel can save them all, if she can find the spell chest she buried 300 years ago. But first, she must learn the truth about her troubled past. This new volume collects issues #19 to 24 of Terry Moore's critically acclaimed serAunt Johnny lies dead in a mortuary, Manson is buried under the snowstorm of the century and Jet is possessed by a 15-year-old boy from the 1600s. Rachel can save them all, if she can find the spell chest she buried 300 years ago. But first, she must learn the truth about her troubled past. This new volume collects issues #19 to 24 of Terry Moore's critically acclaimed series....

Title : Rachel Rising, Volume 4: Winter Graves
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Rachel Rising, Volume 4: Winter Graves Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-03-27 00:17

    The (Evil) Priest: The world is a terrible place. Wouldn’t you like to reboot it? Just start over and get rid of everything that is wrong?Zoe: Not if it means giving birth to the Anti-Christ!Zoe, the Priest sees, is part of “the solution” (yes, like The Final Solution, ala Hitler, but he also wants to be the guy to help her give birth to the Anti-Christ). But in this arc, what does this exactly entail? We’ll see!I like how each issue is framed by an epigraph, appropriate to a theme of that issue:“Best friends, forever.Thick or thin, whatever.Old and gray, friends for lifeTo the grave and afterlife”(which pertains to the girls, friends, who “arose” to fight the Anti-Christ, Lilith, Malus)."Six little whores, glad to be alive,One sidles up to Jack, then there are five."(This is a reference to Jack the Ripper, a relative of Zoe, but also the name of the knife Jack the Ripper used, which was also in previous eons a sword of Satan, passed down to Zoe and used, in this volume, in an interesting way). I like the little literary references in this series; in this one Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Doran Gray figures in, deftly.Things occasionally get confusing; okay, let me give you an example from the central tale here of this volume: A long time ago, Bryn Erin and James, apparently teens, maybe younger, said they would marry when they grew up, but James would seem to have been killed, and so was Bryn Erin, as it turns out. . . but then (spoiler alert) James comes back and inhabits the body of Bryn Erin’s best friend Jet. . . yes, complicated! And let’s just say possibly embarrassing for a teen—no matter 300 years old—boy. To make it more complicated, in a sort of humorous way, large, shy Earl had—has—a crush on the recently arisen Jet, now inhabited by a boy. Earl says to Rachel, “I don’t like it, this man in Jet’s body.” Ha! Some kinda twist on jealousy!More bizarre horror humor: So Aunt Johnny is apparently dead, among others, poisoned by Lilith, but Earl and Dr. Siemens (yes, that’s his name!), work to prepare Johnny’s body for spirit reentry. As she was just about to die, the spirit left and now inhabits her. . . dog. . .yep, dog, but we have a problem: How can we get that spirit back into Aunt Johnny?! Because, you know, family and friends are everything. Horror always has to have this warm family and friends thing going on so the world can finally be set right. And gender-bending, apparently. Okay, again, the pace of this is steady and none too fast, but there’s near the end of this volume a really powerful visual of the (spoiler alert) hung witches of Manson, rising into the air, just in case you were wondering if it might be worthwhile. But whew! It is! I like all the clever friend dialogue and humorous touches amidst the (black and white, not bloody) gore.Big satisfying finish to this arc, involving Lilith, Zoe and Malus (the bad guys) and (the good guys) Bryn Erin, James and his sister Mary Scott. The last epigraph is telling: "Death is not the worst thing that can happen to you"--Plato

  • Afro Madonna
    2019-03-29 05:23

    THIS.IS.AWESOME. Lmfaooo I'm absolutely hooked. The dark humor , the twists and turns and the overall unbelievability is just!!

  • Zedsdead
    2019-04-16 23:31

    More answers, more questions, once again.Terry Moore is hilarious when he wants to be. Zoe's dialogue is priceless.There were two standout visually creative sequences in v4. First the POV panels as the recently poisoned Rachel fades in and out of consciousness. Second when the power goes out and Rachel stumbles through a house. Each panel is framed as if she's moving sightlessly through a furnished room, and Rachel is drawn clearly, but the background is perfectly black. It conveys her experience of body awareness but absolute blindness.Plot points:(view spoiler)[Rachel flashes back to 16XX when Lilith recruited her, her parents beat her, and her boyfriend James was murdered in the witch hunt.Rachel wakes up after Carol poisoned everyone.Jet wakes up possessed by James. (What? WHY?)Ma Malai takes Carol's soul to the bad place.Aunt Johnnie's soul goes into her dog and freaks out.Father Malus gives Zoe Jack the Ripper's knife (made from Satan's personal sword).Father Malus gets abusive and Zoe kills him.Dr Siemens transfuses Aunt Johnnie's body.Zoe steals a VW van and squashes its owner.Dr Siemens implies that he engages in necrophilia.Mary Scott, Lilith, and...Natalie? attack JetJames, Zoe and Rachel with wolves and snakes.Zoe kills Lilith with Jack the Knife and the dead witches pull her underground.Jet wakes up free of James. (hide spoiler)]

  • Madeleine
    2019-04-07 04:27

    Not for the faint of heart, this series is fucking sickening. But like, in a good way. Visceral, sadistic, cold, uncomfortable, and dark, yet so, so readable. I don't get it. I love it, yet I understand how gruesome it is. Yet I love it. It's a female, semi-ensemble cast that celebrates female power by eviscerating it's ladies. I don't get it. But I love it. Another fantastic installment.

  • Maria Kramer
    2019-04-03 05:23

    This volume sheds some light on the past - of Lillith, Rachel and the spirit possessing her, the town, and the horrible thing that Lillith wants revenge for. I'm really wondering where this story is going. Creepy and cool!Similar titles:Fatale

  • Tobin Elliott
    2019-04-18 01:24

    Terry Moore, man. Terry Moore. Dude is damn brilliant.

  • Diz
    2019-04-11 04:29

    This is much better than volume three. There is a lot of action, and the climax at the end is pretty intense. The ending left me wondering where this series will go next.

  • Thomas
    2019-04-16 21:07

    And the plot moves forward, which I like, but I predicted a lot of what happened in this volume. Still good, but not wowing me in any one facet (story, dialogue, art).

  • Soobie can't sleep at night
    2019-04-10 00:05

    Ad essere onesti, non son mica sicura che questa serie mi piaccia. Da un lato Rachel come protagonista è favolosa: ciò che è diventata, come si comporta, le battutacce. Dall'altro, però, la storia è veramente confusa a volte. Dubito che una terza lettura aiuterà. E poi, caspita, ho tanta roba da leggere e non mi va di dover leggere qualcosa tre volte prima che mi si accenda la lampadina.Forse l'autore ha aggiunto troppa carne al fuoco e fa fatica a gestirla. Ci son alcune ragazze che non muoiono; altre che hanno il potere (??) di uccidere chiunque; ci sono ragazzi che si risvegliano nel corpo di una ragazza trecento anni dopo essere morti; ma ci sono anche demoni e Lilith, la prima donna; c'è un vecchio dottore che tiene in casa il cadavere della moglie (e si lamenta che, "giocando" con lui, si staccano sempre dei pezzi)... Ecco, troppa roba. E solo 128 pagine per volume.Va beh, ormai finisco la serie visto che mancano solo tre volumi.

  • Miguel
    2019-04-21 03:24

    Ok... i REALLY like Rachel Rising. I love the story so far! Cant wait to real vol5!Lat book I've read in 2016.

  • John
    2019-04-16 22:23

    Stunning, horrifying, occasionally funny, and always full of character.

  • Edward Smith
    2019-04-06 22:09

    Storyline and characters are making more sense as the story unfolds. Thought the artwork was much cleaner in this volume as well.Looking forward to volume 5

  • Katrina
    2019-03-31 03:09

    God, I love this series.

  • Tiffany Lynn Kramer
    2019-04-06 02:25

    Well that didn't go down how I expected. Still enjoying every moment of it though.

  • Fran
    2019-04-16 02:16

    I have a memory of reading that issue #24 was written so that it could be the end of the series, if it needed to be due to low sales. I can see how it could have been an ending. I can also see how it was perhaps a little rushed as a consequence of it being 'maybe this is the end'. The Lilith story is, apparently, wrapped up, although there are some story lines left open and from all that we know of Lilith she's clearly not dead, just incapacitated for a while. Will Johnny be revived? Probably, but we don't know yet. What did Dr. Sieman put in her head? Malus is still out there, plotting his plots. So plenty of story left to work with.This volume explains who is resurrected into the body of Rachel, but not why/how she is both Rachel and Bryn Erin when the bodies of Lindy and Natalie only housed Mary Scott and Hannah. Maybe we'll get that explained in a future volume? We also learn that James is in Jet's body, which gives some entertaining moments, but doesn't explain how Jet was resurrected (I'm still confused by that one), or why it took so long for James to manifest (both Hannah and Mary Scott inhabited their hosts straight away), or why it is now that he came back and not sooner. As I understand it, Lilith had resurrected the three on previous occasions, and presumably failed in each attempt to wreak vengeance on Manson, so why is James only resurrecting now? There's also a discrepancy in his death; Rachel remembers him being shot, but Lilith says he was sawn in two after trying to stop them hanging his sister, Mary Scott, and half of him was fed to the wolves (Vol. 2, issue #10). We know that's not a lie because in Vol. 1 (issue #2) Aunt Johnny talks about examining the bones of a half boy who was dug up and she found sawtooth serrations on the bones. So I'm confused about that too.Interestingly, I've just found an answer for the James question in an interview with Terry Moore about issue #23:"My take is James has been deep inside her [Jet] the whole time. It’s how he survived for numerous generations, imbedded in his descendants."I didn't get that Jet was a dependant of James. I don't know if that was in the text or not. But, knowing that now means that I'll have in mind the next time I read through this. So, who killed Rachel? I understand that's going to be the focus of the rest of the story, from Vol. 5 onwards, but I didn't think that was important. We have a shadowy view of someone strangling her in the first issue, but when we learn that Lilith compelled Zoe to kill Lindy and Noah to kill Natalie it followed that someone was compelled to murder her, so does it really matter who that was? Then I thought that as Zoe was Lindy's foster sister and Noah was Natalie's finance, then does it follow that it was someone close to Rachel who was compelled to kill her? If so, it's a small pool of suspects, so it'll be interesting to see where that story goes. Looking forward to that.

  • Matthew Bruneau
    2019-04-20 21:14

    All right! Time to resolve that major cliffhanger from the end of issue 18! What?! Colonial America?We rejoin the story of Rachel Beck with an extreme flashback, to the time when all of the events we've witnessed so far were set into motion. We find out who Rachel really is, and the circumstances that are responsible for her plight in present day. After that the cliffhanger is resolved.This cycle of books gives us the background that has been missing through the previous entries into the series. Malus, one of the big bads, pulls a classic villain move and reveals what his end-game is going to be. A previous acquaintance of Rachel's turns up and reveals that Rachel's previous life might not be exactly how she remembers it, although it's a little unclear if this is going to have an impact on the story going forward. Its significance will hopefully be revealed going forward. The dialogue between Rachel and her long, lost friend is great.Aunt Johnny is in a unique situation, and Rachel plans to use her new memories of her past to try to set things right. There are some intrigue machinations in that part of the story, that I'm very interested in seeing how they play out. Whoa, Dr. Sieman ups the creepy quotient by an order of magnitude, leaving me to wonder exactly how far Rachel, and we as the readers can, can trust the guy. Zoe is being groomed for something awful, and it sounds like she won't get much of a choice in the matter, so she does what she's shown she does bestThis section of the story ends on what appears to be a high note, it's not quite Return of the Jedi to the last six issues' Empire Strikes Back, but it is far more hopeful seeming than the last cliffhanger. With one foe apparently defeated Rachel can now turn her attention to the next tasks at hand; ending the plight of poor Priscilla the dog, and tracking down the other antagonist of the story.Conclusion: The answers and action ramped up tremendously in these six issues. As I read through these later issues I'm struck with both excitement to see what happens next, and dread because I'm that much closer to not having any more Rachel Rising to read. Find out what I mean and purchase these issues, or the collection of them in the trade paperback titled “Winter Graves.”Rating: 9.25/10

  • Alan
    2019-03-27 00:30

    I know the series isn't finished yet, but this rating is more for the entire run to date than any single volume. I think Rachel Rising is going to rival Echo for being my favorite Terry Moore title, and the good thing is they are both different genres that sometimes touch upon common themes. I'm enjoying seeing Moore show his flexibility as a writer.Rachel is probably the most steadfast member of the cast, and while her character has changed the least so far, that's fine. I think Rachel has one main purpose in this story, and that is to stop Lilith and preserve the people of Manson. I'm certain, depending on the title's eventual length, that Rachel will do more, but if it ends soon her upcoming confrontation with Lilith will be her main story line.Jet remains the character who keeps getting bounced around and providing surprises and humor. In this volume Zoe's story and character arguably gets advanced the most, and in a direction I didn't expect. Poor Malus, it looks like his plan might not go the way he expected it would.And, yes if you read volume 3, the cast is dealing with the repercussions of the ending of that volume (I refuse to give out spoilers here for this).

  • Wing Kee
    2019-04-22 05:23

    Wow that was unexpected!World: The art is fantastic, I've talked about it and I don't need to say anymore. The world building is solid also with lots of history and context which we've been waiting for. Add to that the character moments in the past that inform the characters making it more deep. Great!Story: The story was frantic! This is the mid series finale and all the pieces have been moving to have the end we see in this arc. It's well written, the dialog is great, the pacing is wonderful and the consequences felt. I really liked how it called back to the past giving readers some insight but also giving us a look at the future and how this series will move forward. Things are already in place for the next half of the series.Characters: The characters are great and another wrinkle into the story made it so much more interesting. The pieces are in place and I like how Rachel and the team are seeing things and learning as we learn giving readers very relatable characters. Wow the end was great! I can't wait for the story to move forward with these characters.Amazing!Onward to the next book!

  • 47Time
    2019-03-30 03:28

    Unlike the previous volumes there's some quality humor here. Kinda dark, but that's how I like it. I'm glad I got this far. It looks like there are a great many things to be revealed still.(view spoiler)[We get a glimpse into the past, when Rachel, originally Bryn Erin, considered Lilith's offer, but her christian parents were completely against it. James, her betrothed was shot while urging her to flee from the town, but Rachel managed to get him to swallow a drop of tree sap from Lilith. It kept both of them immortal. James is now in Jet's body. It seems that Rachel can see a spirit as it leaves a dying body. In one of the funnyest scenes in the comic, Johnny's spirit ends up in the dog and it panics and runs away, so Rachel and Jet/James' goal is to recover it while Johnny's body is being prepared. Back on a serios note, Zoe doesn't see Malus' solution to impregnate her and fix the world as too attractive and cuts him up. A second funny scene involves Zoe, a large hound and a toilet brush. Then a funny encounter between Zoe, Rachel and Jet/James. (hide spoiler)]

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-15 22:17

    Four volumes in, Rachel is starting to flag, despite the reveal of an origin story, a little gender-swapping, and a serial-killing punster. The problem, I think, is that no one stays dead - by this time Rachel, Jet, and Johnny have all dodged the Grim Reaper - which tends to lower the stakes a little. Perhaps Moore's intent is to make the line between life and death seem more malleable, to suggest that it can be a gift. After all, the epigram from Plato that opened the series - "Death is not the worst thing that can happen to you" - appears here again to close out the book. That works conceptually; plot-wise, not so much.Most series experience a dip; perhaps it's a good sign that Rachel's comes so late. Here's hoping this is just the calm before the real storm hits Manson.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-08 21:04

    So much happens in this installment of Moore's supernatural horror series. Some flashbacks offer more enlightenment as to how and why Manson's original witch lynching went down, Zoe, the child psychopath, makes some friends, and Rachel has a confrontation with Lilith that leaves a lot of corpses strewn around. There really is so much going on in this story. Zombies & witches, Lilith & Jack the Ripper, necrophilia & child abuse, demons & possession, and some weird snake action... Every once in a while it really seems like it should overwhelm the story, but it doesn't.The next installment is out already. Why don't any of my local bookstores carry it?

  • Shannon
    2019-04-19 04:33

    well, I liked this one better than the others. I actually did kind of like it, whereas the others I was pretty neutral about. I still don't like how you had to wait until this far into the series to get any kind of backstory to really figure out what's going on. but I enjoyed the backstory (I probably would have liked the current stuff happening a lot more if this history would have been introduced sooner). I actually feel more like I want to know what happens next after this book more than I did with the others. Of course, at this point I think we're caught up with the collections so it'll be awhile before I find out. and I'm okay with that so I think I still need to rate this around 3.25.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-19 04:03

    Continues to be a chilling and spine-tingling series. I'm always wondering where Terry is taking up and what the ending point of the whole thing is supposed to be. I continue to love the main characters, and the people they draw in (as well as the ones they are already fiercely loyal to and whom are fiercely loyal to them already). I love where certain people end up in this one, tying the disparate character closer together from the far flung web. As I fan of SIP and Echo, and definitely, definitely, definitely of Terry Moore, I'll be riding this one all the way to the end, too.

  • Shaun
    2019-04-08 01:03

    So. That was an ending to the story arc. It was somewhat underwhelming and gave me the sense that Moore was in a hurry to just get everything resolved by a specific issue and sort of raced to the end, discarding plot point and character arcs as he went. But at this point he's earned a little deus-ex-machina to me. The art continues to be one part pretty and one part macabre. Honestly, sometimes it just doesn't work at either. But most of the time it works on a level that really breaks out of what one comes to expect from a horror comic.

  • waits4thebus
    2019-04-26 23:25

    An ending? No way. Definitely a chance to catch a breath, but not an ending. I LOVE the story. Witches scorned mixed with ancient lore, religion and the battle as old as time. The cool part is figuring out who's on what side - because that isn't clear. And who is the hero? Rachel? Zoe? Priscilla? No idea. And that's what I love most about this.

  • Jimmy Brown
    2019-04-01 03:23

    Ok, I have decided just to let this book be as bonkers as it wants to be. Some story points are ridiculous but not uninteresting and I did enjoy this volume more than the previous two. Not really sure how much longer the story can last, though....

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    2019-04-10 05:28

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  • Jeff
    2019-04-20 00:07

    this is fascinating and very well written.

  • syrin
    2019-04-22 21:26

    Is it just me or does this series keep going round and round in circles? Yes, there was some development in the main story and the mystery behind what's happening in Mason, but still...

  • Andre
    2019-04-19 03:22

    This concludes the first arc of the horror series with Moore's beautiful visuals, storytelling and endearing characters. Worth a read.