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"Farmhand #11" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written and illustrated by Rob Guillory
Colored by Taylor Wells
Lettered by Kody Chamberlain
2019, 36 pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 20th, 2019

Review:

Is the Jenkins family cursed? Judging from recent events, that could definitely be true. Jedidiah was attacked in his home and now he's looking for answers. He turns to Auntie Janice, an incredibly old woman full of wisdom, who happens to have a hip that glows green thanks to Jed's magic seed that grows body parts. He's hoping she can use her special sight to give him an idea of what the future may hold.

Farmhand #11 is rather grim and somber as Jed struggles to hold his little empire together. Countless transplants (get it, trans PLANTS), are returning to Freetown with their new parts acting strangely. They're pulled to this place by a mysterious force and it's putting Jed, his family, and his company in danger.

This quieter tone is the perfect one for a flashback. Janice shares a story of Jed's ancestors, the origin of Freetown, and how a dream of freedom ended in blood. That's where the seed was planted and it's grown into a bitter, rage-filled tree. Jed is the current patriarch of this clan and despite his warm appearance, something wicked could be festering within him.

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Writer/artist Rob Guillory matches up the sinister nature of the history lesson to some unsettling artwork. He creates some disturbing visuals to coincide with the ominous nature of Janice's story. There's a great splash page featuring a gnarled and ugly tree with Jenkins’ men strapped to it by thick vines. Jed is on the bottom, holding it all up.

This foreboding tone is matched by colorist Taylor Wells. First, there's an aged appearance with yellowed pages, like they're from an ancient book. This gives way to darker tones, showing how the Jenkins family has become more twisted and wicked with each new generation.

Letterer Kody Chamberlain adds to this with a similar color for the caption boxes. They look like literal tears of those aforementioned old pages. The use of a dark green font is an excellent choice too.

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With all this talk of a poisoned family line, I have to wonder what that means for Jed's kids. How do they play into this? If Jed is the worst of them all (despite looking like a warm grandpa), does that make his kids even more evil?

Farmhand #11 is bookended by flashbacks, presumably from the same day in the past. They show two different perspectives of a time when Jed was just starting out, before his company grew to the size and scale of what we see now and before all of it began to topple. Forces are working against this man and his family and things are certainly going to get worse before they get better. Farmhand enters its third arc with a shovel to dig up all kinds of buried secrets and untold horrors awaiting.

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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

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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