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"Bone Parish #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BOOM! Studios

Bone Parish 6 Large

Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Jonas Scharf
Colored by Alex Guimaraes
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 30th, 2019

Review:

After burying one of their own, the Winters family prepares for war. A cartel is moving against them trying to take over their operation. The Winters run a small, but lucrative drug trade, moving Ash, a new narcotic made from corpses that allows users to experience life through the dead one's eyes. No one else has been able to replicate this drug, although as we see in Bone Parish #6, others have tried.

This series has a great vibe to it, balancing horror with drama. This chapter swings the pendulum hard towards the spooky stuff. We see firsthand what a bad trip looks like and it is some chilling stuff. Artist Jonas Scharf presents this like a horrifying dream. The images are hazier than the standard ones, creating this feeling like you're pulling in a memory. The terror grows steadily as you slowly realize what's going on.

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Letterer Ed Dukeshire uses eerie, wobbly word balloons for the thoughts of the user as he starts to piece the situation together. It's like the voice of a ghost is cutting through the ether. The words come in drips and drabs before stopping abruptly as he realizes what's going on.

This is a real highlight of Bone Parish #6. It takes a hard turn into body horror as this user has a chilling reaction to the drug. Imagine a person's head pushing through your own chest. That is an insanity-inducing image and Scharf brings it to life in exquisitely gory detail. You can practically hear the flesh rending as a fully grown human head starts to emerge from this man's chest.

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There's a great scene of Brae Winters playing golf where he's confronted by a new detective assigned to look into his family. Colorist Alex Guimaraes paints a beautiful landscape where the sun is shining in a clear blue sky. It's such a contrast to the aforementioned body horror sequence that it's hard to imagine they're taking place on the same planet. This isn't jarring at all. It just goes to show the range that Bone Parish has.

This is just part of the fun of Bone Parish. You'll have segments like that one moment and powerful dramatic scenes like something out of The Sopranos or The Wire the next. Writer Cullen Bunn is spinning many plates to push the overall narrative forward. Each character gets some time in the spotlight and every single one of these threads is riveting.

Grades:

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