EVE: Children of the Moon #4
Eve Volume 1 was about a young girl whose father prepared her to save the world. Accompanied by an android teddy bear named Wexler, she traversed a virus infested planet to finish her father’s request. Along the way she learned dark secrets about who she is and what it cost for her to survive.
Continuing after Volume 1, EVE: Children of the Moon is the aftermath of Eve changing the world. Where before children would become zombie-like beings known as “Sumers,” the air is now better and is no longer infectious because of Eve. Now, her and her sister must continue the work and let the world know.
After failing to communicate with a base, Eve and her sister decide to check out the location along with Wexler. When they arrive, they face hostility from the encampment led by Selene. After a standoff, Selene orders her team to destroy the ship Eve and her sister arrived in, however, before the violence escalates further, an unknown being arrives just in time to break the tension.
EVE: Children of the Moon #4 does an excellent job at expanding the narrative of this dystopian comic while connecting to Victor LaValle’s other work, “Destroyer.” With one issue left in this five-issue series, issue #4 has me excited to see how the arc will conclude.
Warning: Spoilers for the comic series Destroyer below—this series is also written by Victor LaValle.
Akai was just a boy when he was shot by the police leaving his mother, Dr. Baker, in grief and in search of a way to save her child. After successfully being resurrected as a cyborg, Akai was given powers that proved limitless in what he could do. His arrival in the EVE series was unexpected but was also a welcomed addition. As a fan of LaValle’s science fiction, connecting both series makes so much sense.
The plot in EVE: Children of the Moon #4 is well connected to Akai’s abilities. This issue kicks off with Wexler attacking Akai and hurting Eve in the process. This leaves Eve and her sister vulnerable to Selene who decides to take them in on the condition Wexler and Akai leave. What was once a tense interaction is now a moment of humanity between both parties—at least until the end of the issue.
The writing for this issue does a great job at expanding the overarching story and I liked how Akai had his own mission in saving the world—although Eve completed hers first. Throughout EVE Volume 1 and Children of the Moon, readers have been given details on the many plans designed by the scientists in an effort to save humanity. Because of this, Akai joining the story fits into LaValle’s science fiction style and is done in a way that fans of LaValle’s works will be happy with.
The art by Jo Mi-Gyeong continues to be an excellent juxtaposition to the heavy science fiction story and the dystopian world in which Eve and her sister live in. The subtle details in the art work well—especially with Akai—and the colors by Brittany Peer are done in a way that pops when they need to. Ario Anindito designed an epic cover art and is one of my favorites of the series so far. It shows Wexler, the android teddy bear vulnerable to a new and stronger version of himself and everything from the design to the colors feel epic and fitting to this science fiction story.
Issue #4 gives exposition without being too heavy handed and connects to LaValle’s other works in a way that doesn’t feel forced. The ending left me with more knowledge of this world and excited for issue #5.
EVE: Children of the Moon #4: An Exciting Penultimate Issue
- Writing - 8/108/10
- Storyline - 9/109/10
- Art - 9/109/10
- Color - 9.5/109.5/10
- Cover Art - 9.5/109.5/10
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