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"Sink #10" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by ComixTribe


Written by John Lees
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Color Flats by Mark Mullaney
Lettered by Shawn Lee
2019, 36 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 7th, 2019


Romantic comedies tend to have some silly premise for getting a couple together. This tends to be elaborate and often just plain weird. How would a “meet-cute” happen in Sinkhill among things like killer clowns, dickheads, and a murder bus? The answer is actually kind of adorable. It's also drenched in blood.

Louise and Kieran are awkwardly getting back into the dating scene and appear to hit it off. They were about to embark on a night of BDSM only to have their plans foiled by some intruders. This date has gone from sweet to kinky to downright terrifying.

I will admit that some of this might sound a little weird. I'm purposely trying to be vague about some major elements of Sink #10, as they're best experienced without spoilers. Sink has proven itself capable of morphing and changing to adapt to different genres, albeit through a horrific lens. We could have just gotten more frightening stories following the clowns and that could have been satisfying in its own way. Instead, we get something so much more, showing how crazy this town is how someone's life can change in an instant.

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Writer John Lees pulls us into this budding relationship between Louise and Kieran. You quickly feel for them and want them to be happy together. They're still figuring things out, as they're way out of practice, but they're getting out there and trying. This investment in their lives pays dividends once they're put in danger. This ratchets up the terror as suddenly this sweet partnership could end in pain and death.

Since this is Sink we're talking about, there's always a level of tension, even in the quieter scenes. Lees has trained me to be on the lookout with this book. When Louise and Kieran are eating dinner, I'm wondering if one of them is a cannibal ready to bring the other one home and cook them up in a big pot. When will the other shoe drop?

That comes during an unexpected and frightening home invasion. Artist Alex Cormack amplifies the terror with an absolutely sickening design for the villains. You can see the gleam of sweat and grease on their faces as they descend upon the love birds. Everything about them will make your skin crawl.

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What follows is a gruesome scene that gets bloodier with every turn of the page. I am continually amazed by how much blood Cormack can fit into a single comic. This one might be a record. By the end, the stuff is splattered everywhere. The action focuses on some key details, interspersing the violent imagery with occasional reaction shots showing how intense each attack is.

The sounds of this chaos ring out like startling explosions. Letterer Shawn Lee did some great work here, adding to the pandemonium. My head was on a swivel as I was taking this all in.

Sink is an unpredictable and always satisfying read. This is a comic that will keep you on your toes. Anything can happen in this town and it often ends in mutilation or death. Despite all the bloodshed and terror, two people have found love. That's pretty sweet. Years from now they're going to have one crazy-ass story to tell their grandchildren.


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Overall: 5 Star Rating

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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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