Scout Comics 2021
Written by James Haick III
Illustrated by Luis XIII
Coloured by Dijjo Lima
Lettered by DC Hopkins
The story behind the controversial late 1990's Florida surf brand begins here! Third Wave 99 follows surf shop owners Rob Cutler and Jack Reed, along with hotheaded teenager Matt Hurley. This popular surf shop doubles as a support group that helps troubled individuals use surfing as a replacement for other negative and self-destructive habits. Matt's temper has not only hampered his promising college baseball career, but also acts as a catalyst for events that ultimately cause the brand to disappear entirely. Find out the true story behind the rise and fall of Third Wave here!
Okay this is an interesting start to a story. Now I wasn’t really aware this is based on real events so that makes things a bit more interesting. From what we see in this issue it does a spectacular job in setting up the story, introducing the characters and in general giving us the kind of background information so we understand where things are going. I am pretty impressed because it is an unusual story and it is one that I’m sure so many of us weren’t familiar with or even really knew about considering how long the Third Wave was around.
I am very much enjoying 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 are presented exceptionally well. The character development that we see through the narration, the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances does a magnificent job in establishing their personalities. The pacing is excellent and as it takes us through the pages introducing us to the story, the characters and the world they live in is enticing and enthralling so that we want to see more.
I am extremely impressed with the way we see this being structured as well as how we see the layers within the story begin to emerge and grow. I am also liking the way we see these layers open up new avenues to be explored and whether that’s the cop at the station or Matty himself among others that add some great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward are impeccably handled.
The interiors here are sensationally well rendered. The linework is clean, crisp and sharp and with the varying weights and techniques being utilised to create the level of detail work that we see is extraordinary. How we see backgrounds, the ocean is utterly phenomenal, being utilised to enhance and expand the moments as well as how they work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the 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 shows a truly remarkable eye for storytelling. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a fabulous eye for how colour works.
There are moments that are uplifting and we get this really great sense of who Matt is as well as who Rob is. Though people change but who they are generally doesn’t and the whole idea behind Third Wave is presented in broader terms here and it’s rather inspiring if you ask me. With some incredibly strong writing and seriously good characterisation along with these stellar interiors this story is off to a fantastic start and I look forward to seeing what’s going to come next.