"Long Lost #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Scout Comics
Written by Matthew Erman
Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 31st, 2018
Sisters Piper and Frances are on their way back to their hometown of Hazel Patch to visit their mother in the hospital. Their journey has ground to a halt, as their car has broken down. As they wait for assistance, a horde of deformed people descend upon the vehicle, giving me yet another reason to stay out of the woods.
Long Lost has a constant feeling of dread. It starts in the first issue and it has not let up one iota. It begins with a flashback scene of the two girls running through the woods as children. These images look peaceful enough, but the kids look frightened. There is something among the trees that's scaring them and they're running for their lives. We don't see anything specific, but much is implied. Plus, as a kid, you'd imagine all kinds of horrors lurking in the shadows. This is a great opener to continue the tone that has come to define this book.
As adults, Piper and Frances look normal and innocent. They're pulled back into a town they've put behind them and all the crazy things that it entails. These people from the woods are friggin' terrifying. They look drugged or almost zombie-like as they stumble towards the women. Then something bursts out of one of their necks. I literally shuddered when I saw this. Artist Lisa Sterle delivers some amazing body horror in just a couple panels here. It's so unsettling and creepy. The shot of some weird growth tearing through flesh coupled with Frances' frightened stare makes for an awesome one-two punch.
Piper and Frances take this all in stride. They're almost too comfortable with what's going on, like this is just what happens when you go to Hazel Patch. This is the one thing that doesn’t sit right with me. Based on what we've seen from their lives so far, they should be a lot more freaked out. I'm reserving judgment until we learn more about their past and their mother.
Writer Matthew Erman plants some interesting seeds in Long Lost #3. This world is expanding more and more with each chapter and it's only getting stranger and scarier. The utter normalcy of Piper and Frances contrasts nicely with this world of bizarre terrors they've encountered so far. I can't imagine what else is in store for them with the rest of the series.