Scout: Your First Stop for LAST STOP – Last Stop TPB Review
Last Stop TPB Review
Writer: Trey Walker
Illustrator: Hoyt Silva
Letterer: Micah Myers
Published by Scout Comics
Writer Trey Walker puts his on spin on the superhero genre in Last Stop from Scout Comics. Lincoln “Unstoppable” Adams is the last surviving super powered human. A veteran of a war that wiped out most of his kind, Lincoln has continued to fight crime, aligning himself with an organization called F.I.S.T. After completing his most recent mission, Lincoln is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and given two months to live. Before Lincoln can completely process what this means, his arch-nemesis Professor Blach, missing for thirty years and presumed dead, returns and decimates a city. Lincoln will soon learn that Blach’s return isn’t the biggest surprise his nemesis has in store for him. All of this occurs just in the first chapter. Last Stop has way more to offer as the story continues, but I won’t spoil it and take away the joy of discovery.
This comic’s plot isn’t very original, but its the themes Walker injects into the story that set this book apart from other superhero comics. Walker explores the idea of legacy, PTSD, and terminal illness; all through the lens of a super powered individual. Lincoln reminded me of John Rambo. I’m talking about Rambo at the beginning of First Blood: Part 1. A relic from a bygone age, haunted by his past. Admittedly, he’s also a superhero who tears through his enemies, so in some ways Lincoln is also like the Rambo from all the later Rambo films, but it’s the former concept Walker chooses to focus on. I was really glad to see that Lincoln is African American. Diversity in comic books has been on the rise, but it’s nice to see the representation continuing.
Silva’s illustrations look simple at first glance. Once the reader looks closer, the huge amount of detail Silva puts into every panel becomes clear. Many panels also have a dynamic sense of perspective that I didn’t expect from his line work. One panel early on in the book is a great example of this: Unstoppable busts into a room. As he’s shown in the center of the image, the criminals are in the background, and rubble in the foreground appears to be flying directly at the reader. There were also many illustration in close up panels that reminded me of a panel from a manga. I also really like how Silva uses different colors to shade the panels. These colorings add shadow and depth to every scene. I do wish the letterer had used black instead of white for the speech bubbles. The white lettering hardly shows up against some of the colors, sometimes making the dialogue difficult to read.
Last Stop has a familiar plot, but it explores some important themes. It features an African American main character who Walker defines not by the hero’s race but his bravery. The story itself is action packed and emotionally charged. The art style accentuates both the action sequences and the character moments, while also using color to add depth and dimension to each panel. Last Stop releases on June 10th and can be purchased from Scout Comic’s website.
Last Stop TPB Review