Review: Kit Takes Her Shot In ‘Scout’s Honor’ #5

by Brendan M. Allen

The future of the Colorado Badlands is at stake as Kit is forced into the battle of her life. Determined to bring the truth behind Doctor Jefferson Hancock’s death, she’ll square up against her former brothers in arms, including her former battle buddy and bestie, Dez.

Over the past four chapters, David Pepose has put this poor kid through the ringer. Everything she’s ever held close has been taken from her, in the most horrific ways possible. After the events that closed out chapter four, Kit had absolutely nothing left, except a steel will, a busted robot, and Scoutmaster Shepherd’s secrets. Luckily, there are some other folks who think that dude has some receipts due, and she just might stand a chance storming the gates of the Scout compound. 

I don’t want to talk about anything at all that happens in this chapter, except to say that Scout’s Honor has been consistently amazing, and chapter five is a nearly perfect send-off. Pepose has delivered the best and worst of evangelical religion, fraternities, government, fanaticism, military culture…

The whole thing is ridiculously authentic. It works because there’s nothing (except maybe the giant spiders) here that you couldn’t honestly see going down in real life, just like this. 

Luca Casalanguida and Matt Milla bring the script to life with beautifully savage imagery. The action scenes are frenetic and intense. Gunfire and explosions, fistfights and swords. Scout’s Honor delivers a  viscerally powerful aesthetic that doesn’t resemble anything else on the spinner rack.

I honestly don’t have a single complaint about this issue, save the fact that there won’t be another one next month. Scout’s Honor has been an absolute pleasure to read and review. 

Scout’s Honor #5, AfterShock Comics, 12 May 2021. Written by David Pepose, art by Luca Casalanguida, color by Matt Milla, letters by Carlos M. Mangual.


Your anything-but-standard hero’s journey comes to an explosive conclusion in Scout’s Honor #5. I’m really going to miss this series, but this is just about a perfect send-off. Giant spiders and flaming swords and a mob of angry Highwaymen. Everything you need, right there.

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