"Eclipse #8" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Top Cow Productions / Image Comics
Written by Zack Kaplan
Illustrated by Giovanni Timpano
Colored by Flavio Dispenza
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 21st, 2017
Cielo is on the run within the city walls as her own father hunts her down. She wants answers as to why a man tried to kill her and what her father had to do with it. Meanwhile, outside of the city, Bax has tracked down an albino man who can stand in the sun's rays without melting, which is an abnormality in this world after the Flare turned the sun into something to be feared. Two rival factions, including Cielo's father's company, Solarity, want the albino and are willing to kill for it. Bax is stuck in the middle.
Needless to say, Eclipse is an exciting read. It bounces between these two storylines with ease and keeps you glued to the page with each panel. The events themselves would be interesting enough on their own. The fact that the sun killing people with just a single touch adds another level of tension. What would it matter if Cielo finds out the truth or not if she's literally melted by the sun by stepping out of the shade for a second?
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Speaking of, there's an incredible scene where Cielo heads out into the streets as her father pursues her. The sun is setting and most of the city is in shadows, but some beams are still shining through. She gets stuck in between two of these rays, faced with certain death on both sides. It's a thriller of a sequence, as you have to wonder how she's going to get out of this.
Flavio Dispenza's colors give a misleading hope in the sunlight. It's bright and powerful, representing all the things we've come to associate with the beauty of daylight. It pierces through the sky like an arrow. Cielo is shrouded in darkness – both literally and figuratively, as she's still trying to figure out what's really going on – and that's the safest place for her to be. If she takes one step too far, she'd die almost instantly and in unbelievable agony.
Artist Giovanni Timpano choreographs some excellent action sequences, most notably with Bax out in the desert. There's one particularly tense scene where he's stuck between the two rival factions trying to capture the albino and bullets start flying. It starts out simple enough, but then quickly escalates into chaos. Instead of showing all of the violence, Timpano focuses in on Bax with a series of eight small paneled close-ups, starting out farther away, then closing in, then reversing. Blood splatters everywhere and there's an intense look in his eyes as if he's willing himself to stay alive and see this thing through.
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Timpano and Dispenza craft a beat-up, barren wasteland as the setting for Bax's journey. Cars and trucks are scarred, sun-bleached husks of what they once were, littering the streets as a stark reminder of what the world once was. The buildings aren't much better. The sun has driven everyone underground, so the structures are no longer maintained. They're left there to rot, slowly falling apart over time.
Eclipse is the sci-fi thriller you've been waiting for. It has all the pulse-pounding excitement of a blockbuster movie with incredible visuals and a riveting story. The only thing that's missing is the soundtrack, so I started humming out a score while I was reading the book. That would explain the weird looks I got at the gym.