Scout Comics 2018
Written by Matthew Erman
Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
The Mountain that looms over Hazel Patch has changed, leading to a confrontation in the woods. Piper and Frances are reunited with no time to spare as they scramble to safety. Pursued by a horror beyond their imagination, will they finally get the answer to what happened to their mother? The puzzle pieces have fallen into place and the mysteries are revealed as Long Lost hurdles towards an ending.
The narration in the opening and the visuals being at odds with one another make for one of the most spectacular moments in the series thus far. Since it’s already filled with those me saying this now is something. It is nice to see that both Matthew and Lisa continue to grow and become so much stronger in their craft. Goodness it’s only one page but definitely a wow moment.
Now that Piper is back with Frances it’s time to get things moving and figure out a way to end all this madness and get back to their normal lives. Only Piper doesn’t realise that she’s been gone for three years while she was with their mother trying to get out. I wish this is something my Sister would read then perhaps she’d realise that siblings need each other. I have absolutely loved seeing their relationship start off rocky and become something so wonderfully beautiful. The characterisation and character development here has been even more than I could have hoped for and seeing this level of talent from Matthew is marvellous.
The way this is structured is as close to brilliant as you can possibly be to it. The ebb and flow of the story as weaves around the characters is beyond delightful. I love how utterly delusional Joanna is and how she goes about all of this as she just kills wantonly and stealing power along the way. I mean to get that third all-seeing eye that was a fair bit of madness if you ask me. Oh then there’s Auntie who has decided to rebel against Joanna and get her girls back and become a family again. I don’t want to say A Day Late and a Dollar Short but it kind of fits especially when it comes to all supernatural brouhaha.
I love Lisa’s work in the interiors here! The linework is fantastic and the attention to detail and even how it kind of morphs and twists at times is a joy to see. Also the changes in colour throughout the book is some inspired stuff and I really do love how it transitions through the moments that are highly charged or emotional. The creativity and imagination that we see is stellar stuff as these figures in robes or just looming about in the forest are seen keeps adding layer upon layer to the story visually. The utilisation of page layouts and now we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows a great eye for storytelling. Backgrounds are utilised extremely well and enhance the story and give off that sense of dread as the girls make their way through the wood.
This really is one of the most unexpected and delightful stories to come along. Scout has this habit of finding new fresh and talented creators who have wonderful, unique and individual voices. This one will take you places you never knew you wanted to go and leave you needing to find a way back. When you want to get a tale you won’t soon be able to forget, it’s also coming to television, then you need to contact your shoppe or subscription service and make sure the trades come your way I promise you you won’t regret it.