STORY: David Pepose
ART: Luca Casalanguida
COLORS: Matt Milla
LETTERS: Carlos M. Mangual
Adding a dash of fantasy to belief systems that have and currently do exist in society has created an unyielding and unforgiving world on several fronts. The social commentary and allusions in Scout’s Honor drive home the stakes and ramp up the tension to believable levels danger that grip the reader. The bow on this book is the visual representation. Our characters feel both individual unto themselves as well as collective to the environment they inhabit. Post-apocalypticness comes across very well with neon green eyed killer boars, a gritty overtone, rustic and beat up settings and of course the outfitting of the characters themselves. Surprisingly the book is colorful even though it is steeped in the juices of nuclear war aftermath. Again, credit to the art team for delivering an aesthetic that is as gripping as the narrative. Subtle touches with the lettering bring across the atmosphere perfectly. The dystopian reality Scout’s Honor is housing is given its due in spades. It is the scenes outside of the main narrative that really seal the deal though. How Kit earns the Eagle Guard badge as well as a type of cut scene displaying the ‘honor’ of the scouts gives a glimpse of the bigger picture of struggling to survive in the post apocalyptic new world.
Finishing off the first issue is an excellent hook that throws a wrench into everything. It immediately calls for a second read through as it exposes, brings light to, and alters how you see and comprehend what was presented to you. Within the patriarchal framework of the seven laws that guide the Scouts’ way of life there is very serious sci-fi going on. Nothing is ever what it appears to be and that holds especially true in the nuclear ravaged future of Scout’s Honor. As beautifully as this book is put together I hardly noticed the amount of dialogue/narrative. It all moved together and flowed from page to page effortlessly. I have no doubt that this book will end up on quite a few lists come the end of the year … and we’ve only just begun.