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"Farmhand #15" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics


Written and illustrated by Rob Guillory
Colored by Rico Renzi
Lettered by Kody Chamberlain
2020, 36 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 27th, 2020


Confrontations abound as Farmhand wraps up its third season with a bang. Monica has revealed her true colors and her connection to the seed that's allowed her to control those with regrown limbs. She's ready to finally take her revenge against Jedidiah and his family, but she may not have to work that hard as the truth about what happened to Jed's wife finally comes out.

Farmhand #15 is packed with revelations and jaw-dropping moments. Creator Rob Guillory has done a brilliant job weaving this story up until this point, where we're super invested in these characters and their lives, so the events of this issue in particular pack quite a punch.

This arc has shone a light on the origins of the seed and what led to the falling out between Monica and Jedidiah. Much has been implied up until this point, including an affair between the two of them, but with the truth out in the open, it's far more terrifying and heartbreaking. This is presented in a mind meld of sorts for Jed's son, Zeke, thanks to his connection to the seed. Imagine learning that your father lied to you for years about what really happened to your mother and how you'd react. Yeah, it totally goes well.

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Guillory's line work is superb and creepy in Farmhand #15. The horror elements are really pushed to a new level with some great shots that raise tension and remind us that we're dealing with dozens of potential monsters. This is especially true for Monica, who has transformed into an inhuman creature with dangerous tendrils spinning out to grab onto anyone that gets in her way.

Monica has always had an untrustworthy vibe about her, like she is a little slimy. Any facade she had has been wiped away, replaced with pure vitriol for Jed and his family. She's ready to tear them apart and it shows. Somehow, she gets scarier as the issue goes on, until she reaches a new frightening form that will surely haunt my nightmares for some time.

This is also shown in Kody Chamberlain's letters, as Monica's voice now comes through as absolutely monstrous. It's clear she's no longer human, not just in appearance but in her very soul.

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Colorist Rico Renzi does a dynamite job amplifying the horror in this issue. There's a sickly quality to the infected folks. Their skin has a yellow sheen to it, contrasting with the bright green of the seed coursing through their veins. The whole issue takes place at night too, casting some ominous shadows that work wonders for the terrors within.

The only downside to Farmhand #15 is that this is the last issue for a little while, as the book is going on hiatus for the creative team to catch up and take a well-deserved break. It's also in development as a TV show that I cannot wait to see. In any case, Farmhand is a creepy comic from start to finish that took the idea of a seed that can regrow limbs and turned it into an unsettling journey through family, betrayal, and pure unbridled terror. In short: It's awesome.


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Overall: 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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