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"Farmhand #9" 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 June 19th, 2019

Review:

Jedidiah Jenkins has been attacked by a transplant, someone he helped regrow a limb. An uneasy feeling of dread is spreading across all the other transplants while Jed lays in a hospital bed recovering. Meanwhile, the new mayor reveals her true form and her connections to the plants. I didn't think Farmhand could get weirder or more disturbing, but then this issue came along.

Creator Rob Guillory has steadily built the intrigue and tension in Farmhand to such a point that I'm dying for more. Each issue cannot come out fast enough. The story is told in layers, giving us a number of different perspectives and plot points to build the overall narrative. This adds to the mystery as we figure out who knows what and where the alliances are.

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Take a look around your house. Do you have any plants? They look harmless, right? You might change your opinion after reading Farmhand. Guillory creates this unholy marriage between human and plants that looks so very creepy. Even though the Jenkins seed is able to regrow lost limbs or organs, it's still not the same as flesh and blood. It gives off a Frankenstein vibe.

Colorist Taylor Wells makes these plant-based organs pulse with an eerie green glow. It's like something from outer space. Veins bulge around the plant, adding to the unsettling quality. This contrasts well with the nighttime setting of this issue as this emerald light shines through the darkness.

The new mayor is definitely pulling some of these strings and she's shown herself to be quite the manipulator. Letterer Kody Chamberlain adds a menacing quality to her with large, squiggly word balloons. This gives the appearance of a booming and unnatural voice that can be heard far and wide.

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It's amazing how something small like a few green veins on a person's face or a leaf or two coming from a human body can have such a chilling effect. Guillory plays with body horror here, making us imagine what it would be like if we were unable to trust our own limbs. Imagine getting a life-saving kidney or re-growing a lost hand only to have it revolt against you sometime later in a way you cannot begin to understand.

At this point we've accepted the fact that a magic seed can replicate human body parts. That's the entry level setup for Farmhand. As the series continues, this has spiraled out into a quirky and creepy tale full of conspiracy, family drama, and good old-fashioned horror. There's an Invasion of the Body Snatchers vibe at times and it's unclear who Jenkins could trust. The kicker is that they don't realize that yet. Man, I can't wait for more from this series.

Grades:

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