Scout Comics 2021
Written by Markisan Naso
Illustrated & Lettered by Jason Muhr
Coloured by Andrei Tabacaru
Elodie hates unicorns. For nearly a year, she's dedicated her life to tracking down and killing them all for trampling her husband, Shintaro. Now exiled from her farming village of Wayfarer for selfishly neglecting her duties, Elodie and her half wolf/half deer companion, Sajen, search the continent of Solothus for clues to the whereabouts of unicorns. When they discover a lead in the port city of Lycus, their revenge mission suddenly takes a dangerous turn.
Well now this is interesting. It has this dungeons & dragons overtones with a cyborg enhanced creatures that feel straight out of a world on Picard. I was already going to read this regardless of what I thought of it, I mean Voracious is one of those series that I couldn’t get enough of and Markisan & Jason were are team supreme on that one so that they are reunited once again well folks this is going to be one hell of a powerfully good series. From what I am seeing here it is well on its way to becoming just that.
I am in love with the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceptionally well. Elodie is one of those interesting characters and that Markisan introduces us to her in such a way as this and through how she is seen by others and why she is the way she is is utterly phenomenal. The character development that we see is practically perfect in every way, seriously it really is. The pacing we see is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists & turns alongside the world, the characters and the story it’s easy to get drawn into this.
I like how we see this being structured and how the layers within the story emerge before our eyes. There are plenty of different avenues that are available to be pursued though only a few seem like they will be and I like that there are options. This way we are never quite sure which way it’s going to go. I’m also enjoying how we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as it’s really extremely nice to see.
I am absolutely loving the interiors here. The linework that we see and how the varying weights and techniques are being utilised to create the detail work that we see is impeccably done. As always Jason’s creativity and imagination that we see throughout really is quite impressive. With the utilisation of the backgrounds within the composition of the panels we get some great depth perception, sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkably talented eye for storytelling. I digging the colour work we see as well. The choices are fantastic and how we see the various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is exemplary.
Oh this is a magnificent start to a new series, this I can guarantee. The boys here are exceptional storytellers and from concept through execution the work being done here is stellar! Scout was smart to pick this up from them and let them run with it because the way that this will catch your mind, your creativity and imagination are exactly what the medium and the genre are all about.