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"Bone Parish #8" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BOOM! Studios

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Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Jonas Scharf
Colored by Alex Guimaraes
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
2019, 32 pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 27th, 2019

Review:

The turf war over the drug Ash, made from the remains of human beings, is heating up. The Winters family is in the thick of it, pulling some pretty rough moves to ensure they remain on top. That doesn't mean they are without a challenge. Enemies are closing in on all sides and the body count is going up.

Bone Parish #8 has one of the most devastating opening sequences in recent memory. A new FBI agent has been assigned to look into the Winters family. The clan could have tried to bribe her with money or power. Instead, they cut right to the heart, using Ash to do it. These pages are presented almost entirely without dialogue. Artist Jonas Scharf's images say so much that you don't need any additional text to understand the raw emotion at work here. It's some pretty powerful stuff and that's just how this comic gets started.

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From there, we check in on each member of the cast. Writer Cullen Bunn gives everyone some time in the spotlight, moving each narrative forward in a complex web. Each thread serves to build the overall story. They may not be directly connected right now, but they'll start to come together and influence one another as we go on.

One of the most chilling aspects of Bone Parish is how the Winters are dipping into their own supply. If I've learned anything from watching shows like The Wire, that's a definite no-no. In this case, it's to learn more about Ash and how they can master it. Letterer Ed Dukeshire uses some wobbly word balloons to differentiate when someone is under the influence of the drug, making it seem like their voice is coming from far off or, rather, like a ghost is speaking through them.

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There are two pages that show us what Brigitte is seeing with Ash. These are shown in a hazy fog with a pink hue. Colorist Alex Guimaraes makes these stand out in a bold fashion. These images are important and your eye is drawn to them by how different they appear from the rest of the comic.

Bone Parish was already a compelling read, but the past few issues have really taken it to a new level. This is a top-notch thriller mixed with riveting family drama with a supernatural thread weaved through every inch of it. It's seamlessly blending multiple genres into an eye-popping comic that will leave you begging for more.

Grades:

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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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