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Boy Scouts Meets The Fallout Series In “Scout’s Honor TPB”

So back in March, I reviewed two issues of Scout’s Honor, a comic written by David Pepose. The story is all about Boy Scouts who became post apocalyptic soldiers. It follows Kit, a Ranger Scout training to become part of the Eagle’s Guard. Kit’s hiding a big secret, though: she’s a girl! Not just that, but in the first two issues, she finds out that the very scouts she’s based her life’s work on have been hiding some dark secrets of their own. Now, the entire series is complete. If you want to check out my review of the first two issues, click here! I’ll be reviewing the series as a whole today, and it might be nice to have the context. Plus, there will be some minor spoilers ahead!

Scout’s Honor TPB comes in at a whopping 120 pages of content. The series is five issues long; all five are in this edition. You can only purchase the complete edition rather than separate issues. But frankly, having everything in one place is really nice. Main character Kit is a Ranger Scout. She wans to move up and prove her worth by becoming one of the elite Eagle’s Guard. She has a friendly rivalry with Dez, another Ranger Scout. But Kit discovers that the Ranger Scouts are hiding a huge secret, one that changes her entire outlook on life. Dez’s father, the Scoutmaster, quickly discovers her “betrayal”. This forces her to leave behind everything she has ever known. But she comes back with a fiery vengeance, hellbent on showing the rest of the Scouts the lies they’ve been building their civilization off of.

The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic Colorado, where giant radioactive monsters prowl the land looking for their next meal. The art style is extremely well-polished, with pops of bright color in a gritty landscape. I especially love how Kit and the Scoutmaster ar drawn. Kit never looks completely feminine, and almost all of her panels are very convincing of her disguised gender. The Scoutmaster’s eyes are scribbled out in many of his panels, indicative of both a scowl and his darker intent. His costume design was also very nice; I got religious leader vibes off of him, which definitely works considering his role.

So obviously, Kit being a girl is a big part of the series. The Ranger Scouts only accept men into their ranks, and the Scoutmaster especially considers girls a detriment to the Scouts. It’s because they’re “too headstrong and emotional”, according to him. It implies that men and boys would fall into line much easier, and without women to challenge the order, everything would be peaceful. This viewpoint heavily contrasts against the Highwaymen, the so-called “barbarians” of the Badlands. When Kit meets them, they don’t treat her differently because of her gender. If anything, they tease her for how young she is. But Kit acts very mature for her age and had information that would benefit them, hence their quick friendship.

But one of the biggest twists, in my opinion, stems off of that. The Highwaymen and the Ranger Scouts, despite their differences, have a lot in common. Kit finds out that the Ranger Scouts are sending the Highwaymen weapons so that they always pose a constant threat to the Scouts. It’s supposed to be a way to keep order and union between the Scouts. After all, if the Scouts don’t all have a common goal, then what’s stopping them from disbanding and causing chaos? That’s what the Scoutmaster has been trying to do all along: keep order in their civilization. If everyone has something to fight for, then they’ll not only be safe, but able to defend themselves from the horrors of the outside world.

Overall, Scout’s Honor is a thrilling, action-packed story with themes about finding yourself and challenging the institutions that raised you. The characters are all well rounded, and Kit is a great protagonist that you can ultimately sympathize with. I did have one concern, though. I wish we spent more time with the Highwaymen. Especially because they become a crucial part of the story in the last two issues. We don’t know much about how they live and how they’ve built their society aside from the Ranger Scouts’ propaganda. But in all honesty, given the story’s length, that’s one thing that doesn’t need to be shoehorned in. I’m also going to give this series one of my highest compliments; I think this would make an excellent movie or TV show. Seriously, a TV show would do these characters so much justice!

I’d recommend Scout’s Honor to any fans of the post-apocalyptic genre, the Fallout games, or even Mulan. David Pepose and his team should be really proud of their work on this series. Now what lies in store for Kit and Dez, now that the Scouts have been disbanded? Does this call for a sequel? Wink wink, Pepose and Co.

What did you think of Scout’s Honor? Were you in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts as a kid? Scout’s Honor TPB is now available to purchase on David Pepose’s official website, as well as Amazon. Amazon has an option for a Kindle version, but otherwise, the paperback versions on both sites are $17 USD. Let us know in the comments or send us your thoughts on Twitter!

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