The Heart is the Master Compass (Misfit City Issue #8 Comic Review)
Misfit City Issue #8
Written by Kristen Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten
Colored By Brittany Peer
Illustrated by Naomi Franquiz
Lettered by Jim Campbell
What you need to know:
Last issue, we saw Black Mary process Wilder’s mum and the girls are still on the trail of the treasure will the discovery of a book help. Also, we saw a new figure scheming with Horace and discover what Denby’s twinsare actually in town for.
What just happened?
So without giving the finale’s surprises away, we start at the local police office and find Ethel dressed as the sheriff in a jail cell. The group of girls and Pip are gathered by the pier catching up on the night’s event when Macy asks Wilder why she called her “Mom”, and Wilder says she resembles her mother.
The next mystery is how the rest of the team got on with their mission, but they explain they discovered the shady deal in the cemetery between Horace and an unknown. Moving along, we find Denby’s relatives squabbling over staying in town, but we do get some revealing details on why they are actually in town for the first time.
It seems the siblings have a real problem when Manny arrives after tracking them down; Luther explains that even though it sounds crazy, there is pirates treasure, but Manny wants it tomorrow. It is a sunny morning and the girls finally get a break, reading up on Mary’s history in the 1700’s and how she wanted to get out of town. She married a captain, but it did not go as planned when she did not agree with what he did as a trade. We also learn some secrets about her and why she became a pirate.
The group of girls gathered around a table discover the next clue, which hopefully leads them to the treasure. Dot tries to convince her dad to let her use the boat, but after what happened last time, he refuses. Because of this, it is up to Pip to save the day and she throws some boxes into the water to distract her dad. They seize the chance and make great haste.
Macy and Wilder have a heart-to-heart, which is one of the reasons this story is so good; the connection with the characters is there all the way through. Horace and the Denby twins are on the girls’ trail, but this final search for the treasure in the pictures is still beautiful as you really feel like you are along for the ride.
The team arrive in fog and set ashore following the final clues, but as usual, it is pure luck in the next discovery. Now being held at gunpoint by Horace, there is one final surprise in store as this epic series comes to an end.
Misfit City is one of those tales that I never knew I needed in life; there was never a dull moment in what is a brilliant tale, but this issue felt like a roller coaster from start to finish. It is a fantastic story with journey, clues, action, sea, and twists and bends. You cannot go wrong reading this issue and I am truly gutted that it has ended. I still think there is enough rope for another adventure in the future. Kristen and Kurt have created an instant classic.