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"Frank at Home on the Farm #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Jordan Thomas
Illustrated by Clark Bint
Lettered by LetterSquids
2019, 28 Pages

Review:

Frank's return home has been nothing short of strange. His family has disappeared and the townsfolk are rather odd. He's trying to make the best of it, keeping himself busy with work around the farm, but that's not without its own fair share of dangers. It doesn't help matters that he's plagued by horrifying nightmares and visions from his time in the war. It seems the terrors of the battlefield have followed him home.

Frank at Home on the Farm continues its disturbing journey as one man tries to piece his life together after untold trauma. While Frank is almost certainly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, there's definitely a lot more going on in this tale. The man's mind is broken, driving him further into the abyss, but as the reader I have to wonder if we can trust what he's seeing. How reliable is this narrator?

There's a constant feeling of unease that permeates through every page of Frank at Home on the Farm. It's amazing how quickly writer Jordan Thomas can move from quiet scenes of yard work on the farm to mind-bending terror. You'll find yourself looking over your shoulder as you read through this book, like you're being watched and you're wondering from where.

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This feeling is reinforced by artist Clark Bint. There are some great shots coming from odd angles, like you're seeing Frank below the bottom rung of a fence from afar. This is not a natural perspective and adds to the unsettling quality of the book.

The detail work is impressive, matched by the stellar art direction. It reminds me a bit of Andrea Sorrentino's work on Gideon Falls, stretching the boundaries of the medium. Panels are layered on top of each other, creating this shifting flow that amplifies the chaotic nature of Frank's life.

At times the farm looks quaint, peaceful, and even a bit dull. It's filled with a lot of browns and greys, washing away all emotion. When things get scarier, the tone shifts to a much darker palette, like the shadows have engulfed Frank, swallowing up any hope he might have had.

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There are a few pages dedicated to an elderly couple that I haven't quite pieced together yet. I don't know where they sit in this puzzle, but if they have anything to do with Frank's world, I am eager to find out.

I'm not sure if Bint handled the sound effects or if those were added by letterer LetterSquids. Either way, they're powerful and impactful. When a sound breaks the silence of the farm, you notice. This is also true with the dialogue during some of the more intense scenes. The words get bigger, popping off the page in shocking fashion.

Frank at Home on the Farm is as mysterious as it is terrifying. It delivers something truly unique that will send a shiver up your spine. I'm full of questions and I'm still trying to wrap my head around all of this, but I can say with some assurance that I am all in with this comic. I have to find out what happens next.

Grades:

Story: fourandahalfstars Cover
Art: fivestars
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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