The Rapture (Acid Colors)

    (Acid Colors, 2002)
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While The Rapture appears to get off to a strong start, a start is all it really is. So little happens in this first installment that it feels more like a “prequel” or a “zero issue” to a series in progress rather than an issue of the series itself.

James Cormorant is on the lam from a mysterious church, about which the readers are told little. Here’s what they do know: people are surely up to no good. Along the way, James picks up Doc, a tough-talking, pistol-packing young woman fleeing from her jerk of a boyfriend. The bulk of the issue deals with getting these two together. It’s only in the last few pages, when representatives of the church catch up with James, that it feels as if the plot is actually kicking in.

The story by Matt Brown, may take some time to get rolling, but Robert Ryan’s art takes control at the get-go. While James (who resembles a 12-inch G.I. Joe with lifelike hair) often has a dumbstruck look on his face, Doc looks great, and the coloring is superlative. If these are “Acid Colors,” give us more!

It’s still unclear to what the “Rapture” of title refers, but, with a nefarious church, the cover, and the cliffhanger, you know that developments of Biblical proportions are on the way.

— Jack Abramowitz

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