"Eclipse #12" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics / Top Cow Productions
Written by Zack Kaplan
Illustrated by Giovanni Timpano
Colored by Flavio Dispenza
Lettered by Troy Peteri
2018, 32 pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 7th, 2018
So much comes to a head in Eclipse as a frightening showdown happens on the bridge out of the city as the sun begins to rise. As a quick reminder, the sun can liquify a human being in a matter of seconds in this world, so these folks better figure their stuff out before they're all puddles on the road. There's a lot at stake, including a cure that would allow human beings to once again walk in the sunlight, but it could all go up in flames...or down in the aforementioned puddles.
Eclipse #12 moves at a breakneck pace. Writer Zack Kaplan wastes no time in getting through every beat as this arc closes out. Betrayals and new alliances occur as everyone is trying to survive. With the exception of one or two characters, no one can really be trusted. The motives for everyone can be called into question with how much is riding on what happens next.
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This issue starts in darkness and becomes more and more harrowing with each turn of the page because you know the sun is coming up. These people are out in the open. I already know not to go out into the sun in real life, so I would have left them all and dug a hole hours ago. Colorist Flavio Dispenza makes the sun a threatening force. It shines through with such intensity, casting the most threatening shadows you've ever seen. Each one provides a momentary salvation that will go away as the sun continues its journey across the sky.
This ups the tension in Eclipse #12 considerably. It's one thing to negotiate with a corrupt organization and a crazy albino scientist, but it's quite another to do that when your skin could melt off at any second. Oh, and that totally happens. It wouldn't be an issue of Eclipse without some horrific skin melting like the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Artist Giovanni Timpano has perfected this look and it's just as sickening as ever.
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Eclipse #12 builds to a huge climax that's amplified by Troy Peteri's letters. You really understand just how dire this situation is with how the characters are expressing themselves in such a tense scene. Their screams of anguish and terror pop off the page in a big way, heightening the already emotional sequence.
This issue ends with a new beginning of sorts. It's a great way to close out a story arc and definitely leaves you wanting more. Eclipse is this perfect blend of horror and thriller. Every issue leaves you white-knuckled and anxious and this one is no different. This series returns in March 2019, but something tells me it will be worth the wait.