Scout Comics 2016
Written by Massimo Rosi
Illustrated by Stefano Cardoselli
Coloured by Simone Bertoni
Lettered by Francesco Della Santa
This is the story of a small town cop and family man named Travis, who, unbeknownst to him, happens to be the star of a reality show that follows his police exploits.
Think The Truman Show mixed with the Saw franchise and that’s pretty much what you’ve got here. I like it, you’ve got Travis who has no idea he’s the center of a reality television show which can get kind of tedious and boring so in an attempt to boost ratings the producers take “reality” tv to a whole new level. This really has all the biggies in my opinion, greed being the biggest one on display here. There’s a real sense of what someone is willing to do to stay on top and feel important to their own future and it’s a frightening thing to see.
Massimo does such an incredible job on the characterisation here. You really get a chance to meet and get to know the characters here and watch how even the best laid plans of mice and men come crumbling down. It’s not just the characterisation that is top notch here either as the way the whole story is structured and told to us the reader is strong and well executed. You know this is a finite series because it’s the end that we see first and then we go back to how it all began. Well not entirely but the exact moment things change and lead up to the ending. Which is not complete by the way there’s still something left unresolved and I look forward to seeing that as well.
Stefano and Simone do some interesting work on the interiors here. Stefano has a very definite style and I found it interesting to see and actually rather expressive. His use of page layouts through angles and perspective are extremely nice to see. Even the use of backgrounds here are great and add a lot to scenes. They do a marvelous job bringing you into the story with their work and create a great atmosphere for the words.
There really is something about this book that you have to experience to understand how good it is. Watching Travis and seeing the beginning of the transformation he’s undertaking and how this is going to affect everyone we see in this issue has this electric excitement to it. The intensity that is brought to this will be something readers will relish.
With strong writing, story development and characterization wrapped up in some very stylized interiors this is one you need to make sure is on your reading list. This is a complete and utter surprising gem of a read!