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"Farmhand #2" 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
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 8th, 2018


Who would have thought growing human body parts would get so messy? The Jenkins Farm has a number of shadowy figures lurking around it, both internally and externally. Ezekiel is trying to settle back in to his hometown and his family, but he's getting caught up in the conspiracy and intrigue that surrounds this place and his own relatives.

There's a definite thriller angle to Farmhand as these rival companies try to uncover the secrets behind the Jenkins Farm success. They're willing to go to any lengths, including violent means to get them too. This includes kidnapping Ezekiel himself.

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This makes Farmhand an uneasy read, as danger could be lurking around every corner. Can Ezekiel trust this person? Or are they just using him to get at his father? Every single person he meets could have ulterior motives. Some are easier to spot than others.

As a whole, Farmhand looks bright and shiny, however when you dig just under the surface, there's a darker tone at work. This creeps up a few times throughout this issue. In one instance, when things turn violent, colorist Taylor Wells changes the mood with a striking red, emphasizing each gruesome blow.

I will never get tired of Rob Guillory's artwork. It walks this fine line between humor and horror. Farmhand #2 edges more towards comedy for the most part, but delivers an absolutely chilling final page. Just thinking about it again makes me cringe.

Although the idea of growing human body parts is creepy, Guillory handles it with some laughs. An early scene shows Ezekiel's father giving a victim of spousal abuse a new nose. It violently clamps onto her face and she begins flailing in terror. It looks insane and hilarious, which is a great way to describe this series as a whole.

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Farmhand is packed to the brim with comedy, both in sight gags within Guillory's artwork and in jokes in the fast-moving dialogue. Letterer Kody Chamberlain draws attention to just the right spots, aiding in the pacing of the humor.

Farmhand is laying the groundwork for a big story. There are a lot of moving pieces here and it moves at a mile a minute. The mix of comedy and horror keeps you on your toes, as you won't know what to expect. Will you be met with a smile or a bloody knife? The odds are about even for each. It's clear there's a lot more at work at the Jenkins Farm and we're just scratching the surface.


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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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