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"Frank at Home on the Farm #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Jordan Thomas
Illustrated by Clark Bint
Lettered by NS Paul
2019, 32 Pages

Review:

Frank returns home, excited to see his family and put the Great War behind him. Instead, he finds the family farm abandoned with no clues as to where his loved ones could have gone. The townsfolk are of little to no help and the whole area has Frank looking over his shoulder constantly. To make matters worse, he's plagued by mysterious and horrifying visions of his time in the war.

If I had to use one word to describe Frank at Home on the Farm, it would be “unsettling.” There's something so creepy about the isolated wilderness and the small-town horrors that can arise far from prying eyes. Have you ever been alone in your house but felt like something was in there with you? That feeling permeates through every page of this book.

Much of this comes through in artist Clark Bint's style and art direction. There are many sections presented without a single word that really emphasize just how alone Frank is. Sometimes these are subtle, like how he stands by himself in a kitchen that looks like it was just recently used.

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Bint works wonders with the page layouts and camera angles to help move the story along. The real standout for Frank at Home on the Farm #1 is a two-page spread filled with about two dozen smaller panels showing the passage of time and how Frank is starting to lose it. These smaller images start out structured in a neat row and then start to fall apart, as if whatever was holding them together is dissolving, sending them all over the place. It's a great effect to explain what the man is going through mentally without digging into his thoughts.

This also translates to his speech when it does come up. Letterer NS Paul shows this when Frank breaks down. The word balloon shatters out, like the character's voice is breaking as he finally loses his tenuous grip on reality.

Shadow is used very well in Frank at Home on the Farm. When the man is by himself, the darkness looms around him, as if it's trying to suffocate him. This contrasts well with the outside world that looks bright and sunny, yet not entirely normal. There's always something off about this, adding to the unsettling nature of the comic.

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This man's journey into insanity is as riveting as it is terrifying. Writer Jordan Thomas paces this issue well, luring you into this world. By the time you realize how insane and disturbing this place is, it's too late. You're in too deep.

Frank at Home on the Farm is my kind of horror. It gets under your skin and stays there, keeping you on edge with every turn of the page. This is full of mystery and pure, unbridled terror, working with a very simple idea of a man alone in his family home. I guess it's kind of like a twisted version of Home Alone when you put it like that.

The creators of Frank at Home on the Farm are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the second issue.

Grades:

Story: Fourandahalfstars Frank At Home On The Farm 1 Small
Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

About The Author
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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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