By Spencer LoSchiavo
"Dark Moon" is an indie motion comic created by Tom Freeman. It chronicles the adventures of a group of astronauts that in order to escape a cataclysmic event, escape to a distant moon, but did they simply jump out of the frying pan and into the fire?
Like the previous 2 issues, "Dark Moon #3" is just dripping with atmosphere. The dark and brooding illustrations combined with ambiant electronic music give this comic a very unique but familiar feel. It's akin to films like Alien, but with a certain video game aesthetic and a much more complicated plot.
The story moves along quite nicely as this issue delves into the character's back stories a bit more. It is an interesting choice that we barely ever get to see the characters' faces. Mostly the characters are hidden behind a helmet of some kind. This gives it a very mysterious atmosphere, but I feel like it might be at the expense of making some kind of connection to the characters. So far through all the blood and terror, I have yet to really feel for any of these characters, but the mood of the comic and the continuing plot developments keep me interested.
In the end, I highly recommend this comic. It's dark, interesting, and highly entertaining. I look forward to revisiting the world that Freeman has created.
You can read Dark Moon Issue #3 for free now HERE!