‘Mad Max’ Meets ‘Mulan’: AfterShock’s Newest Sci-Fi Series ‘Scout’s Honor’

by Olly MacNamee

AfterShock Comics announce a brand new sci-fi series from writer David Pepose artist Luca Casalanguida, colour artist Matt Milla and letterer Carlos M. Mangual.

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, this new book imagines a ruined world in which a cult arises having taken up an old Boy Scout manual as their holy text. Writer David Pepose tells us more. A whole lot more:

“Scout’s Honor is about a post-apocalyptic cult rising from the ashes of a nuclear war… and their bible is an old Boy Scout manual. Our series follows Kit, a promising young trainee with a big secret — in a harsh survivalist society that only allows men to serve, Kit has concealed her identity as a woman to pursue her calling as a Ranger Scout. But when she makes a shocking discovery dating back to the Ranger Scouts’ conception, Kit will be forced to reexamine everything she once believed, as she struggles to survive both her fellow Ranger Scouts and the radioactive horrors of the Colorado Badlands.

Having been working on this story for over a year now, I’m excited for the world to finally get to meet Kit, and to discover the world of Scout’s Honor. This isn’t just a post-apocalyptic action story — it’s a story about losing your religion, and about having to find your way back through the wilderness. It’s a story about the blindspots of history, and about confronting the ugly truths of our past that lurk beneath the shadows. And that’s not even touching upon the incredible artwork by Luca Casalanguida, Matt Milla and Carlos Mangual, who have made the Colorado Badlands a beautiful but harrowing place for even the toughest of Ranger Scouts. I truly believe that Kit is a heroine for our era, and I can’t wait for readers to follow her dangerous journey in the pages of Scout’s Honor.”

So, Mulan meets Mad Max, then? Let’s take a first look at the debut issue, which hides behind a stunning cover by Andy Clarke and Jose Villarrubia. A cover that has me pining for more comic book art by Clarke who I first came across on DC Comics Doom Patrol  decade ago now. He was a great talent then, and judging by this cover, has only improved in the intervening years.

Cover by Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia

“Years after a nuclear apocalypse, a new society has risen from the ashes…and their bible is an old Ranger Scout manual. 

A young Ranger Scout named Kit has endured the harsh survivalist upbringing needed to conquer the irradiated Colorado Badlands. But after discovering a terrible secret once lost to history, Kit must risk everything on a dangerous quest to uncover the truth behind the Ranger Scouts’ doctrine. 

From multiple Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose (Spencer & Locke, Going to the Chapel, The O.Z.) and artist Luca Casalanguida (James Bond, Lost Soldiers) comes a post-apocalyptic coming-of-age tale that proves when all you know is a lie, a Scout’s Honor is the only way to move forward.”

Scout’s Honor #1 will be out Wednesday 6th January from AfterShock Comics.

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