Comic Review: Loot #1 (Scout Comics)

It’s a steal of a deal, just $2 for the first issue of Loot, from Scout Comics. Emily ‘Doe’, orphaned and blessed with a natural curiosity that led to plenty […]

It’s a steal of a deal, just $2 for the first issue of Loot, from Scout Comics.

Emily ‘Doe’, orphaned and blessed with a natural curiosity that led to plenty of petty theft, was in and out of the police station. She was lucky to be adopted by Viola Jackson, the cop who kept arresting her. Now ‘kind of’ grown-up, Emily has joined an arm-chair treasure hunting club. When Emily cracks the code of a famous explorer’s journal that was leaked online, her job in the Big Box store seems less important, less vital, and yes, less dangerous than tracking clues!

Writers Don Handfield (Dark Age, The Rift, The Source) and Richard Rayner (Knightfall, The Rift, The Devil’s Wind) bring us this quirky tale and allow us a chance to see the sympathetic and strategic sides of Emily right away. She’s crafty and curious, with one eye on the big possibilities. It’s a fun and upbeat read. Artist K Lynn Smith (Hope, Plume) keeps the drawings fresh and the colouring instructive. Smith knows when to come in for a close-up expression, and when to pull back for adventure. The ‘kid-friendly’ tone will no doubt bring many young readers aboard!

Issue 1 is intended to be a bit of a teaser, for sure. There is no ‘issue 2’, by the way. Following the story involves purchasing the complete graphic novel, out soon from Scout.

Scout Comics Loot #1, $1.99 for 28 pages of content. All ages

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!!