Comic Review: North Bend #5 (Scout Comics)

Scout Comics presents the 5th issue of North Bend, the sleeper hit, the comic that quietly sneaks into the back door of the local comic shop at night… In this […]

Scout Comics presents the 5th issue of North Bend, the sleeper hit, the comic that quietly sneaks into the back door of the local comic shop at night…

In this issue, the CIA start playing around in the lab to produce chemical weapons. Just the thing to try out on an unsuspecting public!

Leon proves to be a valuable asset to Brendan, who is close to being exposed after Jamie’s investigation leads her to a victim of his drug testing.

It’s all fun, lies, shadows, surveillance, more lies, and deceptive card shuffling.

As always, capably written by Ryan Ellsworth. Ellsworth plays here with the varying temperature of loyalty and its frail subsistence. The characters are flawed, and reveal slivers of hope and evil that teeter within them. The smile is a mile wide, but so is the great divide. The dialogue and situations read naturally, not forced. We, the loyal readers of this series, are being treated with respect as we are being led along the twisted road of narrative suspense.

Artist Pablo de Bonis never overplays it… the art is there to serve the story, to keep us gripped inside the covers of this book. It’s not pretty pictures, necessarily, and the amount of detail clarifies but doesn’t overwhelm. Great poses, expressions, from the mundane to pure mayday/mayday.

Colourist Paul Little smoothly brings us from creepy nighttime alley to bright and stinging daylight. The colours tend to be muted, subservient, but not always. The graffiti, the labs, the grey and colourless poisoning of the mind, the purple and brown and blue hues that lull us by earthtoning themselves under the radar,

Great book, I like it and maybe you do too!!

Scout Comics, North Bend #5, $3.99 for 30 pages of content. Mature

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!