Scout Comics 2019
Created & Written by Michael Gordon
Created & Illustrated by Francisco Munoz
Coloured by Rolands Kalnins
Lettered by Nikki Sherman
Kapotnya is burning. The war between the Rasplata Rytsari and the Chistyye Krovi has exploded into a maelstrom of violence. Eli Winter is holed up in a dingy apartment, desperately trying to formulate an escape plan while a (former) doctor (drunkenly) tries to keep his son Joseph alive. And now Charlie Abraham, a woman with mysterious motives and an even more mysterious past, has made her presence known in Kapotnya. How could things get any worse, right?
Alright I am totally into this series and for me it feels like a few of those Detective Shows that I love watching on Netflix. The European ones where most of them are are sub-titled but they are so awesome that it doesn't matter. They have this amazing cinematography and acting that they just stand out and really captivates the viewer. This story has the same effect on me it is captivating and is told in a way that would make on hell of a film or series. This has so much intensity to the writing and the subject matter and there are definitely things within it that make your head spin.
I am totally digging the way that this us being told. The story & plot development here is sensational and the way we see the information released and how situations play out have this affect on the reader that will blow you away. Add into this the character development and we begin to see sides to people that we didn't know where there. These hidden characteristics when they emerge are wonderful little surprises that only enhance how we see them. When you factor how the pacing picks all this up and moves everything forward we see the twists and turns as well people coming to the forefront that have only been shadowy type figures. I am extremely impressed with Michael's skill and talent as a writer and that only strengthens with each new issue that comes out.
At this stage we don't need the opening to be that moment where it grabs the readers' attention and makes them want to see more. We may not need it but we still get it. I think that the opening which adds a little humour to the story as it mows down to the meat of it is well done. Plus I feel as if the escalation of events that we are seeing happen in such a way that we expect it to considering what we've seen in the last few issues.
Francisco continues to impress me as well. His style is that of a truly indie artist but it really kind of works to his benefit with that here. We get to see some great attention to detail and some marvellous utilisation of the linework through it's varying weights. I am still more of a fan of the backgrounds than I am of the characters themselves but life is all about preferences and how here that is how mine run. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate the entirety of what he's doing. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a marvellous eye for storytelling. The colour work is outstanding to see. There are moments the colour pops out at the reader and makes a statement on what we should be seeing. Also there is some nice techniques here for showing us how gradation can be smartly done and how the various hues and tones within a colour can create shading and shadows.
While I still can't believe we haven't seen anyone naked, the pissing scene well that should've showed something, that's okay there is violence there is story and there is behind the scenes manipulation and plenty of machinations on everyone's part. The story is amazing to see unfold before our eyes and to see the characters grow, change and evolve well it's at times heart-warming and other times it feels misplaced but all in all it still has the ring of truth to it. Mishpachah comes in all shapes and sizes so what we see is really pulling at me in all the right ways.