A Nigerian-American police detective named Chioma visits her grandmother and grand-auntie in Nigeria. A strange and injured boy invites her to play tag during a rain storm. But it is what happens After the Rain that drives the plot of this multi-layered tale.
First it was the smell. Then the whispers. But when the lizards start staring, Chioma knows she is in for the battle of her life. For her life. With Nigerian spirits she doesn’t even believe in.
After the Rain is a creepy little horror fable. But it is also a parable about different cultures. Chioma quickly learns that competency in Chicago won’t help much in rural Nigeria.
I absolutely adored the artwork. It truly made me feel like I was visiting rural West Africa. And it was an unfamiliar and ultimately terrifying place. The use of unexpected panel shapes and placement keeps the reader off-balance just like Chioma is feeling.
It’s rare that such a complex story is matched with the perfect artwork. After the Rain is sure to please both literary fiction and horror fans. And the art is perfect for this African fable. 5 stars and a favorite!
Thanks to Megascope, Abrams ComicArts and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.