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"Frank at Home on the Farm #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Jordan Thomas
Illustrated by Clark Bint
Lettered by LetterSquids
2020, 27 Pages

Review:

Frank already had enough trauma in his life after facing all kinds of atrocities in the war. Things have only gotten worse since he came home to find his family farm abandoned. The townspeople are acting strangely and he keeps hearing voices...then the pig talked to him. Is this real? Or is he crazy?

You might hearing “talking pig” and immediately think that Frank at Home on the Farm went off the rails. That is the farthest from the truth. If this was introduced in the very beginning, it would have been weird. Instead, writer Jordan Thomas built up to it over the course of the first two issues, so this not only makes sense in a way, it is also so very chilling. With everything that Frank has seen and heard up until now, this moment here is the breaking point. This is what could drive him off the deep end. That is some expert-level tension right there.

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Much of the terror in Frank at Home on the Farm comes from Clark Bint's haunting artwork. I've never seen a more evil looking horse. Bint stops just short of giving the animals human characteristics. Their faces are twisted and distorted, yet still animal, which adds to the unsettling nature of their appearance and the downward spiral towards insanity that Frank is feeling.

There's an overall creepy feel to this book and not just due to the talking animals. Bint uses shadows very effectively to give something as simple as a horse in a stable an ominous look. It's like there's a dark cloud hanging over the farm, ready to swallow Frank up.

Bint has shown a real talent for art direction throughout this series and this issue is no different. There are some sprawling full-page and double-page spreads that are broken up in a myriad of smaller panels, each with a specific detailed item. These are jaw-dropping in their quality and sheer power. Since we're questioning reality, these pages are a little askew, with panels shown at strange angles with uneven borders. It really heightens the overall tension.

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Frank's broken mind is shown in LetterSquid's lettering. His shaky voice comes through in the wobbly word balloons and uneasy font. This contrasts well with the smooth words of the pig as he tries to woo the protagonist.

Frank at Home on the Farm will keep you on your toes. It's a disturbing read that challenges your very psyche as you watch a man descend into madness...or is he the only sane one in a town full of lunatics? That question is what makes this such an enjoyable read and I'm eager to see how the series wraps up in its fourth and final issue.

The creators of Frank at Home on the Farm are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of issue #4.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
Art: fourandahalfstars
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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