Eve: Children of the Moon #3 - a universe grows
Eve Volume 1 is about a young girl whose father prepared her to save the world. Accompanied by an android teddy bear named Wexle, she traversed a virus infested planet to finish her father’s request. Along the way she learned dark secrets on who she is, and what it has cost to get her to survive.
Continuing after Volume 1, Eve: Children of the Moon Issues 1 - 2 are the aftermath of Eve changing the world. In an effort to communicate with other bases that she has established, she and her sister lose signal with the Wisconsin location. They venture to the base and meet Selene—a survivor who knows the truth behind Eve and her android teddy bear. After an ultimatum is made, Eve and her sister are attacked and their ship is lost—stranding them far from home.
Eve: Children of the Moon Issue 3, from BOOM! Studios is a well-crafted issue that expands the mythos and science of this dystopian epic. Continuing its emotional journey, this issue will surely be exciting for fans of Victor LaValle’s works.
With the ship being destroyed in Issue 2, Eve and her sister have to escape on foot in hopes of getting home. Wexler, who was still on the ship, manages to survive but meets a dark creature. Readers learn that should Eve have failed in Volume 1, there was an intense plan meant to deal with the tragedies. This plan is for a dark entity to establish a new type of human—one that cannot fail as the previous iterations had. What I appreciate about this addition to the plot is how it adds to the impact of Volume 1. The consequences of Eve had more at stake than realized and readers witness this in Issue 3. As Selene continues to hunt for Eve and Eve’s sister, the team following her is beginning to understand how violence is dominant in the way she rules. The issue ends with the dark creature, Wexler, Selene, Eve, and her sister coming face to face with a familiar person.
The world of Eve is full of possibility. Writer LaValle is masterful in expanding the lore without taking away too much of the mystery. Every issue has felt mapped out and connected to the overarching story. The factions, the technology, and where the characters are going make this issue relevant and I was impressed with how it ended.
Where I felt this issue could have improved is in the pacing. This is not the fault of the writer, rather, it is from wanting to learn more about the world Eve lives in. With the introduction of Selene, it feels as though readers meet a new character rich in history, but possibly never known.
The art for this comic is done by Jo Mi-Gyeong. The same artist from Volume 1, what I appreciate is the lighthearted style that is a straight juxtaposition to how dark the world is. Had another artist tried this approach, it would have clashed too much. Mi-Gyeong knows when to let the colors take over and when the linework needs to have more intense visual details. On colors is Brittany Peer whose work elevates the art in this issue. From the fire to the elemental creature, the colors enhance the art and make the unfathomable fit into this universe.
Eve: Children of the Moon #3 is a strong addition to the overarching story. While the pacing feels rushed, the payoff on new characters introduced feel like this story is still just beginning.
Eve: Children of the Moon #3 – a universe grows
- Writing - 9.5/109.5/10
- Storyline - 8/108/10
- Art - 9/109/10
- Color - 9/109/10
- Cover Art - 8.5/108.5/10
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