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Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle’s Series Long Lost is Optioned for Television

Scout Comics and Entertainment, Inc. has announced that Long Lost, its critically-acclaimed horror/thriller series by writer Matthew Erman and artist Lisa Sterle, is now in development with writer/producer Jenny Klein. Long Lost is the haunting story of two estranged sisters who find themselves drawn back to their small southern hometown to unlock the strange mysteries there. To do so, they will have to follow multiple roads that all seemingly end with their enigmatic and secretive mother.

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Oblivion Song, Infinity Gauntlet lead reorders; Amazing Spider-Man, Ricanstruction lead advance reorders – For those that like the horse race.

Gizmodo – This Artist Transforms Spider-Man Comics Into Powerful Statements About Being Black in America – Interesting stuff.

The Beat – Comics Industry Dodges the Tariff Bullet – For Now – But It Could Be a Killer – This could have been the death of the industry.

 

Reviews

CBR – Dark Nights: Metal #6

Newsarama – Dark Nights: Metal #6

The Beat – Long Lost #5

ICv2 – The True Death of Billy the Kid

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Abbott #2 (BOOM! Studios) – If you read the first issue you know why we’re excited for the second. This series mixes horror and social consciousness all set in 1970s Detroit.

Avengers #682 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been a success so far living up to the build up and hype. It’s the rare recent event that hasn’t let us down. Another action packed entry with three new players entering the game.

Calexit #2 (Black Mask Studios) – There’s been a long delay since the first issue but we’re hyped to see if this second issue can get things moving after a slightly overhyped first. Great concept, now it’s time to see if it delivers on the promise.

Days of Hate #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was absolutely amazing with intertwining stories set in the future that’s not all that different than ours. Taking on extremism on all sides, this series entertains and makes you think.

Long Lost #4 (Scout Comics) – Absolutely fantastic and a series that’s under the radar. A horror/psychological comic that’s a must get.

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1 (DC Comics) – Mera gets the spotlight in this miniseries that focuses on her newish status quo and dealing with the fallout from Aquaman.

Motor Girl Omnibus (Abstract Studios) – If you missed the series by Terry Moore get the entirety here! You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll be entertained.

Rough Riders: Ride or Die #1 (AfterShock Comics) – Always entertaining, this series mixes fact and fiction and some historical figures kick some ass.

The Terrifics #1 (DC Comics) – The latest from DC’s “New Age of Heroes” puts together a rag-tag bunch to explore the Dark Multiverse. The first issue has a Fantastic Four vibe and it works!

The Wilds #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A disease has ravaged the world and society must pick up the pieces. We’ve seen the concept numerous times but this one focuses on the characters and delivers a lot of heart.

Panels to Chords: Getting Long Lost in Music with Matthew Erman

It feels like music and comics are tying together more and more with numerous comics being influenced by music and creators releasing playlists to go along with their latest issues. That’s where “Panel to Chords” comes in bringing comics and music together for discussion.

On this episode is special guest Matthew Erman, the writer of Long Lost which is published by Scout Comics. Follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewErman

Matthew’s Spotify playlist for Long Lost:

Ben and Madi’s playlist:

Review: Long Lost #3

long lost 3The stakes are getting higher in Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle’s Long Lost.

As usual, the story opens with flashback and a song. Long Lost #3 is another gorgeous installment in the series, drawing the audience deeper into the horror, mystery, and sadness at the heart of the story.

Part of the horror of Long Lost is that it isn’t immediately horrific. There’s some light home invasion in issue two, sure, but what’s most threatening is the absence of threat. Piper and Frances are relatively protected from the supernatural, so far, even as it makes its presence known in issue two and throughout issue three. This relative lack of danger gives the sense that something worse is looming, a Sword of Damocles that is palpable but not visible.

Much of the story’s success also hinges on familial difference and discord. There, too, absence adds as much to characterization as what is spoken. Piper and Frances’s mother is characterized by her absence, which adds another element of familial tension. The girls are quick to argue and quick to protect each other, but there’s a sense of loss in the quiet moments. Long Lost #2 left Piper and Frances waiting for help in Piper’s broken-down car, and the confined space magnified both spoken and unspoken emotion.

Sterle conveys this with a masterful control of body language and expression. Most readers (especially those with siblings) will recognize the shift from annoyed to protective sibling, which makes the characters feel real and flawed.

The art of the series is consistently gorgeous, transitioning from ominous to horrific to dreamy. The wooded scenes are haunting, framing Piper’s car in such a way that the trees almost swallow it. The woods are undoubtedly dangerous, but the absence of direct threat keeps readers on their toes.

Sterle’s visual cues are vague to readers, which creates two types of horror, one that plays into the reader’s fear of the unknown and another that plays into the trauma of Piper’s unknown-to-us past experiences. The supernatural and horrific elements—the strange pod that showed up in Piper’s apartment, the mysterious being that followed, the disfigured shapes in the woods—are organic and earthy, calling to mind a powerful and primitive force.

The song Long Lost #3 is titled for is “Elephant Woman” by Blonde Redhead. It’s a song that reflects on pain, and with reason; lead singer Kazu Makino was trampled by her horse in 2002. Regardless of Erman’s intent in including the song, there’s a sense of deep betrayal in being so badly injured by something you love deeply.

It seems unlikely that Piper or Frances will be trampled by a horse, but the sentiment of being hurt by someone you trust seems prescient, especially as the story moves toward a resolution with the relationship of Piper and Frances and their mother. Piper’s pain is evident and there’s much that has been left unsaid, even in the issues that have already been released.

Long Lost #1 and #2 took time to establish layers of emotion and plot, giving readers complicated characters to root for and a story that unfurls in unexpected ways each issue. Every issue asks more questions than it answers, but it also creates momentum, but the third advances the plot in a way that adds motion as well as depth. Long Lost #3 is another compelling issue in a series full of emotion and mystery.

Story: Matthew Erman Art: Lisa Sterle
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Scout Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Early Preview: Long Lost #3

Long Lost #3

(W) Matthew Erman (A/CA) Lisa Sterle
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99
NOV171861

Stranger Things meets Ghost World in Long Lost. Stranded on the road outside of Hazel Patch, Piper and Frances must last the night as they are attacked by something horrible and disgusting. Fighting to survive the night, they are reminded only of the warning given to them, “Beware the woods.”

Review: Long Lost #2

long lost 2.jpgWhere Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle’s Long Lost #1 slowly builds an unsettling environment, Long Lost #2 ratchets up the supernatural tension and the tension between Piper and Frances.

It took me a long time to gather my thoughts on this issue, partly because I’m deeply invested in Piper, Frances, their fraught relationship, and the fate of Pockets the dog and partly because this issue focuses more on developing the characters emotionally. The plot feels like it’s moving toward something heavy, and the established elements are going to come crashing together.

The first issue hinted at something sinister, in a series of unsettling moments that led to Piper and Frances being confronted by a cloaked and masked…well, nobody knows what it really is, and there aren’t many answers in issue two, either. Erman dangles plot threads, teasing readers with information that’s just out of reach. 

The story takes on an air of mystery (in addition to the established horror of the first issue) thanks to the otherworldly cloaked being. Its sudden appearance in Piper’s house sets the plot in motion and sends the girls to their hometown, ostensibly to find Pockets. Because of this, it feels like the story is moving rather than being frustratingly stagnant.

In the first issue, the story relied on snippets of scenes set in the woods to create the uncomfortable space the comic occupies. In the second issue, the being warns Piper against going in the woods in her hometown. Not only does this establish the being as an ambiguously aligned character, it reminds us that something much larger and scarier is at work.

Sterle’s art is once again a highlight. Piper and Frances are very different characters, conveyed through both their movement and their dialogue. Sterle has mastered facial expression, at times conveying more through body language than the characters do in conversation.

She has also created an intriguing and seriously creepy character in Piper’s home invader. The inky tones and textures used in this character’s design match the inky, murky wood settings. Sterle often uses “tracking” shots, using trees and woods to frame Piper and Frances. It reiterates the idea that the woods are a threat, building on the air of mystery and horror. Despite the monstrous appearance of the cloaked being and the shadowy, sinister woods, the art is just as gorgeous as it was in the first issue.

One notable difference between the first issue and the second is the use of color. Though most of the issue is in black and white, there’s a moment where a subtle pink color is used to emphasize the creepiness of a scene and also works to tie the cover to the interior art. We see something similar with the cover art for Long Lost #2, which uses an intensified version of the color scheme from the first issue.

The second reason it took me so long to gather my thoughts was that I fell into an internet hole in researching “Farewell Transmission,” the Jason Molina song this issue is titled for. It wasn’t until I read about Molina’s life and death and listened to the song a few times over that the feelings I was trying to articulate in this review crystallized.

“Farewell Transmission” is a song about reckoning with mortality and the uncertainty of what comes next, which Erman and Sterle convey in both writing and art. There is horror in the story, yes, but there’s deep sadness, loneliness, and a sense of loss present as well. The lyrics included throughout the issue are a reminder that Piper and Frances are still very much unknown to the reader, and that they don’t have an easy road ahead.

The first two issues are compelling in their establishment of the tense relationship between Piper and Frances, the girls’ mysterious past, and their even more mysterious future. The emotional and atmospheric tone of the comic helps to create a haunting, intriguing story that leave me hungry and excited for the moment when the plot comes crashing together.

Story: Matthew Erman Art: Lisa Sterle
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Long Lost #1

I’m not going to lie: I’ve been excited about Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle’s Long Lost since it was announced by Scout Comics. The first issue is gorgeous and haunting, and very, very promising.

I was immediately drawn to the book’s cover. There’s something incredibly magnetic about it–maybe it’s the contrast between Frances, the character on the cover, and the foliage surrounding her. Maybe it’s the bright tangle of red thread that fades into subtle background color. Maybe it’s the detail that appears upon closer examination.

The first issue of Long Lost has pretty much everything I look for in a comic. Horror? Yes. Mystery? Heck yes. Gorgeous art? Definitely.

The story follows Piper, a young woman who seems content to live alone with her puppy, Pockets. Readers learn early that she is estranged from her mother and is quick to shut down phone calls from family. Erman uses Piper’s self-imposed isolation to shut out readers as well.

Though this doesn’t offer much in terms of Piper’s past, it does establish her personality, despite meaning that she as a character remains something of a mystery. Because of this, I found myself grasping for detail as I read, but the ones readers learn about Piper are more often horrific than ordinary.

The glimpses of Piper’s thoughts and dreams Erman and Sterle offer hint at something monstrous rising to the surface. The whole issue is a long, slow inhale–each little snippet of detail builds the tension between what Piper knows and what she’s experiencing and what the audience knows and is experiencing. It works well as exposition, giving readers just enough detail to fear whatever is hiding around the corner.

This is in large part due to Sterle’s art, which is both haunting and gorgeous. Piper and Pockets’s expressiveness makes them instantly relatable characters, even if the events they’re going through are less relatable.

The simple backgrounds and inky landscapes make each detail stand out, and the creepy scenes even more unsettling. The interior art has the same magnetic quality as the cover, and the nighttime scenes that open the book are particularly beautiful. Most of the comic is drawn in black and white and shaded in gray. There is a little color, but it’s used sparingly to add contrast, making it really effective in anteing up the tension.

With the first issue of Long Lost, Erman and Sterle have introduced us to an intriguing blend of horror and family drama, set in a haunting and atmospheric landscape. Mystery and thriller fans definitely aren’t going to want to miss the latest installment in Scout’s increasingly impressive lineup–this is one case you can absolutely judge the book by its cover and won’t be disappointed.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Action Comics #992 (DC Comics) – With “The Oz Effect” over, we’re intrigued to see where this series goes as that story attacked the very hope Superman is built on.

The Apocalypse Girl #1 (Amigo Comics) – Metis is 16, has all these problems and more. Because, on top of that, the End of the World happened and she has to cope with bloodthirsty demons and a 4,000-years old, critical, undead mom! This just sounds awesome.

Betty and Veronica: Vixens #1 (Archie Comics) – We’ve read it, it’s awesome. Check out our early review.

The Demon: Hell is Earth #1 (DC Comics) – Out! Out! Our favorite Demon is back in a new limited series. The first issue is intriguing and should be fun for long time fans of the character.

Detective Comics #969 (DC Comics) – Kicking off “Fall of the Batmen.” That title alone has us taking notice.

Doomsday Clock #1 (DC Comics) – We’ve already posted multiple reviews, but this is THE comic of the week. After lots of build up the world of Watchmen and DC collide.

Doppleganger #1 (Alterna Comics) – Dennis’ grip on reality fully unravels when an evil version of himself begins to torment him. Alterna has been doing an awesome job with their newsprint line of comics and this is a brand new one to check out. Just $1.50 people!

Eleanor & the Egret #5 (AfterShock) – Amazing art and beyond adorable story. If you’re not reading this series, you’re missing out.

Gregory Suicide (Dark Horse) – A graphic novel taking on clones and a story that spirals in paranoia. A solid read with some really cool art.

Imaginary Fiends #1 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Imaginary friends that also want you to kill. The procedural meets… well, we’re not quite sure. First issue is a great set up in what will be an interesting twist on the police genre.

Long Lost #1 (Scout Comics) – Stranger Things meets Ghost World in Long Lost, the haunting story of two estranged sisters who find themselves drawn back to their small southern hometown to unlock the disturbing mysteries that are hidden there, with all roads leading back to their enigmatic, secretive mother

Motor Girl #10 (Abstract Studios) – The final issue of the series. We’re sad already.

Rugrats #2 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – We loved the cartoon. We loved the first issue. We’re getting our Rugrats fix, how about you? A comic that’s great for kids and their parents looking for nostalgia.

Sherlock Frankenstein & the Legion of Evil #2 (Dark Horse) – The world of Black Hammer continues to expand in this series. Jeff Lemire people!!!

Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #36 (Marvel) – 90s nostalgia, nuff said.

Star Wars #39 (Marvel) – If you’re not reading Marvel’s Star Wars comics you’re missing out on great action and a fantastic extension of the world. If you’re a fan of the movies and not reading these, you’re really missing out.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #13 (IDW Publishing) – Post “First Strike” Optimus heads into the Cybertronian wilderness to search for the first new life in four million years. These types of stories tend to really stand out.

Void Trip #1 (Image Comics) – The story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They’re low on fuel, they’re low on food, and they’re low on psychedelic space froot, but they’re still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria.

WWE #11 (BOOM! Studios) – If you’re a fan of wrestling, these comics are a must.

X-O Manowar #9 (Valiant Entertainment) – One of the best series out there today.

 

 

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