Writer/Artist/Cover artist: Terry Moore
Editor: Trey Moore
Publisher: Abstract Studio
Price: $3.50 US
Well, last week saw the return of Jeff Smith with a new, self-published series, and now, we have Strangers in Paradise creator Terry Moore throwing his hat back into the indy comic ring again. March is proving to be a good month for fans of the best self-published writer/artists of the past couple of decades. Moore’s soft, realistic approach to the human figure is back in full force, and it’s just as pleasing to the eye as it’s been in the past. What’s surprising about this new series is the subject matter. Echo is firmly entrenched in the super-hero genre, and while Moore is no stranger to super-hero comics, it’s certainly not what one expects from his self-published, creator-owned work. This debut issue offers a fairly standard origin for the heroine of the series; actually, the plot is rather cliched. What allows Echo to stand out as something more than a stereotypical super-hero title is Moore’s characterization and ear for dialogue. While the action and premise are extreme yet cliched, the characters remain grounded yet intriguing. I’m not so much interested in what’s going to happen to Julie next, but I am interested in who she is.