Writer: James L. White
Artists: Dalibor Talajic, Sebastian Cardoso
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Lincoln Greer is an extremely successful man. Not an easy trick for a black man in North Carolina. However, being very competent and a hard worker help in that. Unfortunately, heís also a failure as a father. In the midst of a number of things that take precedence over his family, namely his work and his love life, Lincís divorcee wife thrusts his estranged son upon him. Neither father nor son are particularly happy about the arrangement, but they make due and head out for a hunting trip in the wilds of the state. Unfortunately, Greer is knocked unconscious and his son disappears out in the woods. This begins issue #2 of Hunterís Moon, a complex mystery and psychological thriller.
Once the initial panic caused by the disappearance of his son wears off, Lincoln is beset on all sides by troubles. In addition to kidnapping his boy, whoever is behind the crime also robbed Linc of his wallet, his cell phone and ransacked his cabin. The last three might seem inconsequential in the light of the abduction, but theyíve been used to plant evidence that lead the police to believe that Linc may be responsible for the crime. Local prejudices and pressures begin to mount as well, causing the town folk to turn against Linc based on the little evidence found against him. On top of it all, his wife is unreachable and his girlfriend seems to have abandoned him for another man.
All of this is put together in such a way as to make the reader feel the claustrophobia mounting in Lincís mind as he struggles to keep it together. Linc is alone, with no friends, and terrified for his son. Lack of sleep and stress begin to take a toll on his mental state. From the cover, to the deft way the racism of the townís people is portrayed, to the final closing dialogue, Hunterís Moon feels like a net closing in on the protagonist. Perhaps the best part of the book, though, is the many suspects that fill the pages. There are any number of people who could have committed the crime or been accessory to it, and hints are all over for readers to pick up on. While at moments who is guilty may seem clear, the storyís circuitous plot should keep readers aware from falling into too obvious a ploy.
The one downside of Hunterís Moon is how long it has taken for the second issue to come out. This is a shame as the links between books is even more important than the average comic. For anyone who picked up #1, I would suggest sitting down and re-reading it before cracking #2 open.
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