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"Scarenthood #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by IDW Publishing


Written and illustrated by Nick Roche
Colored by Chris O'Halloran
Lettered by Shawn Lee
2020, 35 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on December 23rd, 2020


The cracks are starting to show in Cormac's life. Being a single parent struggling to make ends meet would be enough stress for most people, but Cormac is also dealing with a haunting of sorts. Ever since he broke that Virgin Mary statue at the day care center, strange things have been going on. If he doesn't stop this soon, he's afraid for what might happen to his daughter, Scooper.

Scarenthood has been a tense ride up until this point, yet writer / artist Nick Roche takes the scares to new heights in this chapter. It's told in pieces, first from the perspective of Cormac's newfound friends, the other parents from the day care center. They have seen the guy acting super strange lately and they can't figure out what's going on with him. Everything adds up to something really suspicious, so they do an intervention of sorts.

The confrontation between these folks is intense. Letterer Shawn Lee shows just how much pressure Cormac is under when the guy explodes, shouting at his buddies. The word balloons are outlined in red to underscore the anger and stress.

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On the surface, Cormac's life looks fine, but the supernatural threat he's facing is too much. He's starting to break and he's terrified as to what this will mean for Scooper's safety. This is the thread that Roche pulls perfectly. That concern for your child's well-being is something every parent knows all too well and it's a very real fear that hits you right in the gut. You can see that desperation on Cormac's face as he goes looking for answers in a somewhat unlikely place.

Cormac's face is so relatable. Every parent has had that exasperated moment, where they're at their wit's end and don't know what to do. That's the kind of expression you see from Cormac. There's also one of determination, as he will do anything to protect his daughter.

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The big bad that's been held at bay for so long has been released and it has its sights set on Scooper. We see it in all its unholy glory in Scarenthood #3. Cormac was right to be terrified because this thing is something else. Colorist Chris O'Halloran creates a nice contrast between the darkness swirling in and around this beast and the unnatural green fire that surrounds it. You can tell right away this thing is up to no good.

What this means for not only Cormac and Scooper, but the other parents is still up in the air. Scarenthood is shaping up to be the most solid four-issue mini-series I've read in quite some time. It's provided a healthy dose of exposition in each chapter with dynamite scares and great artwork. This penultimate issue sets things up for a grand and frightening finale and I can't wait for it.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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