Graphic Novel Review 267/365: Long Lost

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My C2E2 weekend was an absolute blast, and I look forward to regaling you with stories through the week as I bring you titles that I picked up at the show.  And today, I’m pleased to bring you an independent title from Scout Comics.

Title: Long Lost 

Author(s): Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle

Publisher: Scout Comics (2018)

Age Rating: 17+

Having never heard of Scout Comics, I decided to give their website a visit, and I recognized a few of the titles from the isles of C2E2.  Yet another good reason to pay attention to the creators in Artist Alley: exposure for you and them.

I stumbled across Matthew and Lisa in row A (I believe…) of artist alley while issues of Long Lost caught my eye.  They were not selling issues 1-3 since they were all sold out except for their last issues that they were using as samples.  I told them my deal about wanting to buy some indie titles to review for my blog from the show and that I wanted to come back at the end of the show and buy their last issues!  They said, “I think that would be OK.”  And I said, “Cool…”

I went to moderate a little panel with RL Stein, Raina Telgemeier, and Gale Galligan (OMG!) then I came back to purchase the issues.  The problem was…I only had $20.00 left in my pocket, and it was only enough for issues 1-4.  I left issue 5 on the table.  No choice.  Out of money.  But damn if I don’t want issue 5 right now!

The story here follows a couple of sisters that are visited by a strange creature that invites them to a birthday party for their mother who is currently in a mental hospital…but is missing.  The majority of the four issues documents the quest of finding mom, and a number of strange events and encounters continuously turn the story on its head.

I am angry that I do not have issue 5, so that tells me that I did enjoy the story-telling.  If I add a title to my list of books to continue reading during this 365 quest, that’s a good thing, and I will get issue 5.  However, while the black and white art is well-done, straight-forward, and creepy, the story is paced a bit strangely.  After thinking about it for the majority of the evening, I’m confident when I say that this comic reads like a slowly-paced survival-horror video game in which the player goes chunks of time through lengthy dialogue that could be cut down.  BUT the moments of creepy action are worth the effort.  And like I said, I need to continue reading this comic.  It’s almost like the Silent Hill that was never made, without all the gore…

Happy reading!

Eric

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