"Long Lost #5" 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 April 4th, 2018
A lot has happened since Piper and Frances have returned to their childhood home in the town of Hazel Patch. The sisters came back after receiving a strange invitation to a party for their estranged mother from an even stranger guest. Now they’ve met an aunt they didn’t know they had and are no closer to finding their mother. Meanwhile, something dark and bizarre grips the local townspeople and it might have ties to their family.
One aspect of Long Lost that has become increasingly unsettling is the flashback sequence that has appeared in each issue. This one is the creepiest one yet, showing Piper and Frances as children running in fear from, presumably, their own mother.
It’s an otherwise quiet, somber night and then they burst out of the trees and into their house. They’re pure, innocent children followed by a disheveled woman covered in what I hope is dirt and not blood. She literally claws at the door in an attempt to get at the kids. This could help explain the girls’ even-keeled reaction to the strange stuff they’ve seen lately.
The series is still shrouded in mystery. Creators Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle have only added more variables to the mix. I had similar issues with the last chapter as I was hoping to have a better idea of what is going on by this point. The book still has a great eerie feeling, but I’m getting a little frustrated as we’re left with more and more questions and practically no answers. It has a Twin Peaks vibe in this regard.
As weird as Piper and Frances’ lives have become, their newfound aunt may take the cake. The final sequence features a ritual of sorts that is absolutely chilling. It shows just how deadly Hazel Patch has become and raises even more questions. Seeing this woman’s resolute nature in the face of such terror ups the ante of an already disturbing comic.
Despite my issues with some of the story points, Long Lost still has my interest. I’m dying to know what’s going on in Hazel Patch. This is a testament to Erman’s foreboding writing and Sterle’s artwork that balances the terrifying with the normal. I just hope some of these plot threads start to come together soon.