In Scout’s Honor #3, Kit endured everything the Ranger Scouts had to throw at her in her Eagle’s Guard trial, but didn’t enjoy much of a honeymoon period afterward. She almost immediately used her new status to break into the Eagle’s Nest to access the recordings of the Scouts betraying and murdering their founder, Hancock.
Turns out there’s a lot more in those recordings than she knew or suspected, and now in chapter four, she’s been caught out. Laid bare by Dez’ betrayal and sentenced to die, Kit is driven into the post-apocalyptic wilderness to fend for herself.
I really love the way David Pepose set this thing up. Kit’s progression from follower, to thinker, to leader is something to behold. The fact that her faith isn’t shaken after everything that’s gone down is beautiful. Like a disenfranchised parishioner who can separate the core values of religion from the men who currently lead congregations, the kid’s got discernment, and she’s set her sights on the man, not the organization.
On the flip side, Scoutmaster Shepherd is just about a perfect villain. He’s got a kind of Negan thing going. Or General Bethlehem. Like Kenneth Copeland mixed with Hannibal Lecter. It’s very creepy, and very effective.
We saw a little of the radioactive wilderness in previous chapters, but this is where Luca Casalanguida and Matt Milla really cut loose with the horrors of the Colorado Badlands. The suicide hornets were something, but Hellspiders are pure nightmare fuel. Acid rain, radioactive lightning, and let’s not forget the Highwaymen. There’s also a visual change in Kit, about halfway through this chapter, where she stands a little taller, strides a little longer. Hancock help whoever stands in her way.
Scout’s Honor goes home in the next chapter, and I’m ready for it. As much as I enjoy this world, Kit’s story has played out beautifully in these four chapters, and this sucker is primed to pop.
Scout’s Honor #4, AfterShock Comics, 14 April 2021. Written by David Pepose, art by Luca Casalanguida, color by Matt Milla, letters by Carlos M. Mangual.
This is it. The turn. Kit’s had enough. She’s standing taller and striding longer. Hancock help whoever stands in her way. The best chapter thus far in an excellent series, and a perfect setup for the king hit next month.