Ross Campbell’s Wet Moon is about the most realistic women in an ongoing comic book series today. These women are tall and skinny, short and plump, missing pieces of themselves and fully fleshed out. Every one of these characters is particular and individualistic. The characters of Wet Moon are beautiful, sexy, sad and tragic. It is easy to fall in absolute love with any and all of these characters and so, when they do harm or are harmed, it is ultimately sad. Wet Moon volume 06 is the culmination of a story that has been building for five volumes now, bit by bit, piece by piece.
Starting with volume 01 of Wet Moon, the protagonist, Cleo Lovedrop has been stalked. She’s fallen in and out of love, she’s questioned her feelings for all of the women in her life and eventually, she ends up with the wrong one. Slowly, over the development of the story, it’s shown that there is a serial slasher attacking women in the swamp near the town of Wet Moon. In volume 05, Trilby Bernarde, a dear friend to Cleo was a victim of this slasher.
Trilby was not simply beaten up, she was cleaved in the face multiple times and left for dead. Trilby had been physically beautiful, effervescent and as dynamic and complex as every other character in Wet Moon. To see her taken down in this way is heart-wrenching. Throughout volume 06, Trilby struggles to drag herself out of the swamp and then spends a significant amount of time in a coma. She struggles to live.
Everyone has experienced loss: the death of a friend, relative, or loved one. But when this loss comes at the hand of a trusted person that is near and dear, it is even more dreadful because there is a loss more than one. Campbell tells this story with such masterful skill over such a long and developed time that the reader is left feeling all of the same sorrow.
The light side of Wet Moon is that while much of it is dark, just as much of the wonderful character development comes during radiant and happy moments that are just as impactful. Wet Moon is a deep and complex series of books but more importantly, it’s incredible people.