Mike Dawson has two chief virtues as a writer: writing dialogue with an almost painful level of verisimilitude, and an understanding of the dynamics of teenagers that manages to emphasize the Darwinian nature of their relationships along with the naivete of youth... Visually, the key to this comic's success is his ability to convey body language, gesture and character interaction, especially since subtext is such an important part of what s occurring in the narrative.
The comic raises interesting questions regarding the idealism of Scout law and the realities of being a teenager in 1995 (the setting of the story). Joining the Scouts implies a certain kind of adherence to ideals, but what Dawson raises is that sometimes this may be more the ideals of the parent rather than the boy. And even among the parents, the Scout ideals fall by the wayside when it comes time to wield authority.--Rob Clough, The Comics Journal
This is a scouting trip where boys are still figuring things out; how they feel about girls, altered states of reality, the chubby kid, the weaker kid, ignoring the rules, self... Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by shawn williams
I don't normally read comics, but this was a recent book club selection. I thought the story line was great and it was beautifully done! Highly recommended.Published on November 10, 2011 by Nicole