Scout: Mount Fire – Timothy Truman

scout 2This is the second and unfortunately the last collected edition of Scout. Whilst this is a self-contained story many of the minor characters, and some new ones, are given plot hooks which would have featured in future issues.

The focus is less on Scout’s unusual heritage and spirituality and more on the action and plot. The Native American mysticism never makes it past the first issue and is lost to nukes and giant robots. There is even a gratuitous lesbian scene shoehorned awkwardly in.

The art is still labour intensive high concept work but there seems to be less detail and the sharp lines of the initial issues are lost. In places the hand lettering also chooses style over clarity becoming hard to read. Yet later on there are colour coded speech boxes which seem like overkill.

It’s very much a troubled second album and leaves you wondering what volume three would have turned out like.

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