By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)– It pays to venture away from the big comic book publishers from time to time. Trust me, I love DC and Marvel, Image and Dark Horse, Valiant and more. But I love venturing into the smaller press, as you can find some amazing gems. Behold said gem in Long Lost from Scout Comics.
First, that cover, that cover draws you in right off the bat. What you get inside is a greyscale example of emotions conveyed beautifully on the comic book page. From writer Matthew Erman and artist Lisa Sterle, we get the story of Piper, a troubled, quiet young lady and her dog, Pockets. But something is wrong, very wrong, as a dark shadow haunts the young woman. We also see the arrival of her estranged sister at the end of the issue, which adds to what exactly this story is all about. What is long lost? Is it Piper herself?
Erman crafts a slow build story that is extremely enjoyable and has that slice of life feel to it. The awkwardness of Piper and her sister is extremely evident, and feels very real, especially to those who have had similar situations in their real lives. Sterle artwork is addicting: its simplistic style is able to convey such emotion, it’s a gift to see.
I believe as a graphic novel collection, Long Lost will be a story that you can give to anyone to read, comic book fan or not. The suspense had been planted and began to slowly brew here. Luckily, I’m a patient person, and will absolutely be checking out the series for its duration. Scout Comics has something special on its hands with Long Lost.