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Scout Comics’ White Ash Returns for Season 2 This Fall

Welcome back to White Ash, a small smudge of a town in western Pennsylvania, where mining is a generational calling and the secrets are buried deeper than the coal in the mountain. And the biggest of those secrets is that elves and dwarves live hidden among the town’s population. 

Alex, fresh off finding out he comes from a family of dwarves, plans a secret romantic rendezvous in the woods with Lillian the elf… or not so secret, as their meeting is witnessed by a young couple with dire results.

Written by Scout Comics co-publisher, Charlie Stickney, with art and letters by Conor Hughes and colors by Fin Cramb, the 44-page first issue picks up just two months after the series’ dramatic conclusion of the first arc!

Review: White Ash Presents: Glarien

Enter the world of White Ash with this one-shot taking us through the life of Glarien. White Ash Presents: Glarien is a solid trio of stories with good storytelling and art:

Story: Charlie Stickney
Letterer: Conor Hughes
Art: Romina Moranelli, Yishan Li, Conor Hughes
Color: Fin Cramb

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Review: White Ash Presents: Glarien #1

White Ash Presents: Glarien #1

We live in a world where Lord of the Rings is mostly is now a part of pop culture. Though it feels like most of the projects out now circle around superheroes or grizzled heroes there’s still a fandom for fantasy. People enjoy fantasy these days with entertainment like The Witcher and the severely underrated The Outpost. As much as I enjoy both of these shows, Lord of the Rings has been my genesis.

Anyone who has read the books can see the allegory that Tolkien provided to what was going in the real world. The movie brought to the forefront just how elite the elves were. That made me wonder just how much of their story has never been told. Especially Arwen, whose story arc within the movies is far more fruitful than the path laid by Tolkien. In the brilliant return of White Ash, we meet a character must like Arwen but much more dangerous, in White Ash Presents: Glarien #1.

In the first story, we meet Glarien 1800 years ago, as a bounty on her head, brings some troublemakers, ones that she disposes of with ease. In the second story, we get whisked off on an adventure where the man she’s in love with gets kidnapped,  as we find out the lengths she will go to save the ones closest to her. In the last story, as America expands into the western frontier, we get a tale where we see just how lethal she is, as she kills some men trying to usurp her business.  By end of the issue, you find out who Glarien is, and why the people of White Ash revere her.

Overall, White Ash Presents: Glarien #1 is an engaging collection of stories that gives much-needed insight into who this stealth assassin is. The stories by Charlie Stickney are intelligent and fast-paced. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a set of stories which feels like if Duke Togo was a woman and who can kill you with a look and some well placed blades.

Story: Charlie Stickney Art: Conor Hughes, Yishan Li, Fin Cramb, and Romina Moranelli
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Scout Comics Announces Ash from Charlie Stickney, Conor Hughes, and Fin Cramb

Set in a small smudge of a town in Western Pennsylvania, White Ash follows Aleck Zwerg, the frustrated but charismatic son of a coal miner, who long ago outgrew the bounds of what the town had to offer. Spurning a generational calling to work in the mine, Aleck’s been counting down the hours until he can get the hell out of White Ash and head off to college. But an accident at a coal mine stalls his exit, setting him down a life-altering path. One that brings him into the orbit of the enigmatic Lillian Alden, the daughter of the elitist owner of the mine.

White Ash is out this winter from writer Charlie Stickney, artist Conor Hughes, colorist Fin Cramb, and lettering by Hughes.

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Review: White Ash Chapter 3

White Ash #3

There is nothing like the disquiet those who are grieving have to deal with shortly after a death. The gritty details of who the person was eventually come out. Some of which is very nice and some is not so nice. Those details rarely make a difference as to what residual imprints they make on the people closest to them. You don’t really understand the gap those individuals leave until you really need them and it all comes to realization, that they are no longer with you.

It is always interesting to see how these people you know your whole life, have been affected by people differently from you. I remember when I lost my mother, the outpouring of love from people I never knew, made me know how many lives she touched.  The time we have on this earth is fleeting and the time we have with loved ones even shorter. The older you get the sooner you realize that though the days are long, the years are short. In the third chapter of the excellent White Ash, tragedy has struck the town, leaving everyone in shock and not knowing how to move forward.

We are taken back in time to 1918, a lifetime ago, an in the midst of a slaughter, where we find out how Lillian’s mother died in the first place and exactly why her father’s overprotection came to be. Aleck wakes up after Lillian’s father stabbed him, as her father looks to recompense for his grave mistake, by giving Aleck, the serum his father needs to survive. As his conversation with his father becomes the last, he ever will have, one that not only affects Aleck but the community of dwarves. By issue’s end, Aleck leaves White Ash, but it seems that trouble is headed for the town.

Overall, it’s an excellent issue that gives readers what all of us love about the book as it is mysterious, action packed, and well developed. The story by Charlie Stickney is smart and fun. The art by Conor Hughes and Fin Cramb is beautiful. Altogether, an excellent chapter that though it ends in tragedy, shows that this creative team knows how to write a story that is as complex as its characters.

Story: Charlie Stickney Art: Conor Hughes and Fin Cramb
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy 

Advance Review: White Ash Chapter Two

In our current political climate, it is hard to believe anyone could keep secrets. Can you keep a secret, when you can find fame and fortune, by revealing a secret of someone else’s? Can you keep a secret if it is a matter of life and death? These are the questions one must consider when one undertakes the holding of a secrets or secrets, as your ability to, can speak to your very integrity.

This becomes even more integral your life, if you whole world is encapsulated by secrets. This is the world of the military, the government and just about every organization in the world, and where terms like need to know and burn boxes are commonplace. This is also what small towns are built on, as lives are tethered to these truths that no outsider would or should ever know. In the second chapter of White Ash, the reader discovers even more of this town seething with deceptions, races and war.

We catch up with Aleck, as he struggles with newly found identity of being a Dwarf, and what it means as far as his place in the town. His father, on his death bed, leaves him a tape, unlocking years of secrets, changing his world forever, as he as to deal with the fact that there are dwarves and elves. This is when Lillian, who is way more adept at what is going on, fills him in on the history between the two races and their customs .  By book’s end, the two are closer, but a hot-headed reaction leaves the fate of one uncertain.

Overall, an outstanding installment that does not disappoint, grips you from page to page. The story by Charlie Stickney is evenly paced, fascinating and leaves you wanting more. The art is breath taking, vivid and unique. Altogether, one of the best indie books of last year got even better with this chapter.

Story: Charlie Stickney Art: Conor Hughes and Fin Cramb
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: White Ash Chapter 1

The last presidential election, despite all the circus antics and hate rhetoric, that was stirred up, did bring to light, demographics that tend to get forgotten. The people that live along the “rust belt”, where people long to live elsewhere add where trades and businesses are of long gone era.  Unfortunately, many of the politicians, used this nostalgia, to stir nationalist feelings among voters, versus helping any of them. The vilest propaganda that the public constantly heard regarding these areas, were that they were going to bring back the “coal mines”.

Considering the world’s progress in finding alternative fuels versus using fossil fuels, at best this was a romantic idea. Still remains, the people of these small towns, where it appears time stands still, and life could better elsewhere. AS the small town remains the ideal of the American Dream, one which lives on in books and movies. In Charlie Stickney and Conor Hughes‘ White Ash, we are introduced to small town with some otherworldly secrets.

Within the first few pages, we meet Aleck, a young “townie” who works for the mine owner, Thane Alden, which defines the classic rich versus poor, which can be seen in every small town. At the same time, his life full of promise, as he is on his way to college, but romance finds its way into his life, as he slowly falls for Thane’s daughter, Lillian. Things get even more complicated when Aleck’s uncle arrives and an incident at the mine changes everything for not only Aleck, but for everyone. By the end of the first chapter, Aleck’s world is turned upside down, as he finds out that who he thought he is not exactly true.

Overall, a fun story that is equal parts Riverdale and Haven, leaving the reader hungry for more. The story by Stickney is exciting, mysterious, and riddled with mystery. The art by Hughes remind some of the old Dick Tracy comic strips but with a modern take. Altogether, a dark ride into a mysterious town that will bring more tourists for the next installment.

Story: Charlie Stickney Art: Conor Hughes
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy