Review: Cormac Is Forced To Dig Up The Past In ‘Scarenthood’ #3

by Brendan M. Allen

‘It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid… Unless you’ve disturbed an ancient entity, your sanity is in tatters, your child is at risk, and your friends don’t believe a word you say. Cormac is forced to dig up the past as The Big Boy makes itself more and more at home, and Scooper gets what every kid wants from Santa: An exorcism.’

The group is rapidly losing faith in our man Cormac. He’s acting very strangely, and it’s just too much for the ragtag group to take at the moment. Everyone’s got their doubts, their own deeply personal reasons to distrust the guy, and it’s all coming to a head right here. 

Between Mac’s increasingly bedraggled appearance, the state of his home, Scooper’s appearance, and all the erratic behavior, conclusions are being drawn about his mental state, intentions, and fitness to parent.

If you thought things were getting weird in the last chapter, Nick Roche really tightens the screws in this installment. Cormac is broken, in every way. Physically, emotionally, spiritually… It’s everything the poor guy can do just to keep his head above water. There’s one scene that really sums it up, towards the middle, where he’s sitting with a new… acquaintance, trying to explain where he’s at.

Four hours every day to work while Scooper’s at school, but can’t get any work done because he’s “pissing that away clawing at fucking reality itself.” Can’t sleep, can’t earn, and isn’t being a dad to the one human that needs him most. Seriously, what parent isn’t feeling some level of this right now?

Scarenthood is a masterclass in pacing. In three chapters, we’ve met the characters, been plopped into the local spooky folklore, and been presented with a twisty conflict. Up until the very last sequence of issue three, you really don’t know whether all these strange events are coincidence, tied together by a desperate man, or whether there’s actually something there. 

The tension just continues building, right up to that last pop, which promises an explosive finale in chapter four. 

Scarenthood #3, IDW Publishing, 23 December 2020. Script/Art by Nick Roche, color by Chris O’Halloran, letters by Shawn Lee.

Summary

It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid… Unless you’ve disturbed an ancient entity, your sanity is in tatters, your child is at risk, and your friends don’t believe a word you say.

Overall
10/10
10/10

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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