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Eclipse #2-4

Imagine if sunlight burned you alive. In the near future, a mysterious solar event has transformed the sun’s light into deadly immolating rays. The world’s few survivors now live in nocturnal cities. But a killer who uses sunlight to burn his victims emerges, and when he targets the daughter of a solar power mogul, it falls to a disillusioned solar engineer to protect her. Collects ECLIPSE #1-4.

Image shows us, yet again, how to take a great concept and squander it on a lackluster story.

Eclipse started off strong in its first issue: an original apocalypse; government intrigue; and suddenly, a villain with mystifying powers. How is he resisting the sun? Why is he murdering the children of key government figures? What is…oh, sorry, they just explained each of these mysteries in one or two lines of dialogue. Uh, gee. Now I guess the protagonist is running from a robed, religious albino with murder on his mind. We’ve never seen this before. Oh what will become of our hero.

Seriously, Image, why do you have to let us down like that? This series had potential for greatness, but you squandered it on a cheap slasher story. The writing is somehow both convoluted and empty; the character models are barely distinguishable (to the point where I couldn’t tell the male protagonists apart); and the villain is nothing more than a cliché-filled piñata spilling treats such as, “ONE MUST EMBRACE THE DARKNESS” every time he gets punched. It’s like the creative team stuck around long enough to release the pilot episode, then handed everything over to their interns.

Image has some great series. Eclipse just isn’t one of them.

Final Verdict: 2 out of 5.

Eclipse #2-4 can be found at Image Comics

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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