Review: The Red Mother

Written by Jeremy Haun

Art by Danny Luckert

Lettering by Ed Dukeshire

BOOM! Studios

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 #1 is so good. This is a new psychological horror from BOOM! Studios, with Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert working together to bring us a fantastically creepy and original story.

I mean it when I say this story is incredibly different – I didn’t expect what was happening at any point, and it absolutely had me hooked. The beginning makes you uncomfortable super fast, like you’d want from any good horror medium.

The realism and world building in the art by Danny Luckert really adds to the discomfort. Things feel real and more unsettling as the story progresses, and when the images of horror occur, it feels even more uncomfortable for the reader to have to get through. We’re on board for this ride and encounter the monsters just as the characters have to, and that is something I absolutely love.

Ed Dukeshire gives us smooth dialogue that easy to read and keeps out pacing going perfectly. Dynamics between characters are understood based on how their dialogue interacts visually, with how their touch or overlap to interrupt, etc. Never dismiss the importance of a letterer, folks. They do some brilliant things in books.

I highly recommend checking out the first issue of The Red Mother. Horror fans will definitely be seeing red with this one.

Special thanks to Shane for getting me a signed copy from Jeremy Haun while he was signing at the Fantasy Shop!

This is definitely a series I’ll be keeping up with, and I can’t wait to go grab issue two. If you’d like me to review each issue, let me know!