"Long Lost: Part Two #4" 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 November 21st, 2018
Piper and Frances continue their search for answers about their mother and their past. They've lost three years of their lives throughout this journey and they're not leaving Hazel Patch until they figure out what's going on. They'll have to act fast, as a monstrous entity is stalking them through the woods.
Long Lost is a moody and unsettling comic to read. That tone is unmistakable and always leaves me with a chilling feeling. That being said, I don't really “get” this book. Somewhere along the line it lost me and I haven't quite been able to get back on track. This is unfortunate because we're approaching the end of the series and I'm not really sure what to make of it yet.
This isn't to say that it's a bad comic. It just might not be for me. I feel the same way about Twin Peaks. I just didn't get it, but it's a universally praised TV show. Long Lost has a similar, surreal feeling to it, albeit with a lot more supernatural elements. Writer Matthew Erman pulls you through this strange town where you can't trust what you see before you. Memories can come alive out of hate or anger to haunt you.
Artist Lisa Sterle creates a great juxtaposition between the soft and normal nature of Piper and Frances and the downright terrifying figures lurking through the woods. The two main characters in Long Lost are every bit as normal as us and they're wrapped up in this crazy situation, trying to make sense of it all.
Meanwhile, these...things are out there with their skin falling off or turning into weird rock monsters. The residents of Hazel Patch are in dire need of moisturizer. Something has infected these people and there's a higher power – or a darker one – urging them forward to commit some heinous acts of violence.
I'm not giving up hope on Long Lost. I just think I need to re-examine it. The unsettling atmosphere it's created cannot be denied. I just haven't put enough pieces together yet to get a good idea of what I'm looking at.