Piper and Frances are estranged sisters who’ve been fighting for their lives, and each other, in Long Lost #10, a family-centric horror series presented by Scout Comics through creative team Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle. The girls return to the small-town that Frances at least was determined to never set foot inside of again, in an attempt to find the answers they needed about a cryptic message concerning their absent mother and a missing dog. But when they get there, they find more than they bargained for and then some. The sisters are trying to survive the horrors that they seem to be a part of without even knowing, and this issue offers up a long-awaited comeuppance for fans.
Matthew Erman is a study in poetic horror, and his story-telling skills remain consistent and strong. Erman has the ability to paint an eerie and emotional picture that sucks readers in and deposits them in the woods alongside the sisters. He works with multiple dialects, from hick to magical entity hell-bent on destroying innocent girls, and nails each one. Character’s voices carry themselves through the stories and into our ears, each strong and distinct, lending an amazing air of authenticity and realism that allows the reader to become invested in the outcome of this supernatural spooky tale.
Lisa Sterle continues to wow me with her artistic stylings, and specifically to this issue, the coloring of Long Lost #10 blew me away. I love her tribute to darker, simple coloring that allows the horror genre to really shine. This issue has a wonderful transition into purple that stands out from past issues, though Sterle’s prone to using color shifts to highlight key moments in the Long Lost story. It’s a simple maneuver, but one that’s very effective.
Long Lost remains one of the best horror comics of the current times, and one that would appeal to readers of any demographic. With strong female leads, family values, and mystery, Long Lost #10 touches upon real issues in terrifying ways designed to get into your mind. The creative team works well together, playing on each other’s skills and abilities to heighten and push the story further than the previous issue.
5 out of 5 Dead Relatives