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"Sink #7" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by ComixTribe

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Written by John Lees
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Colored by Alex & Ashley Cormack
Lettered by Shawn Lee
2019, 37 pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 23rd, 2019

Review:

Are there any good people in Sinkhill? We've seen the worst of the worst over the course of this series, but could there be a kind-hearted person in the bunch? Jordan just might fit the bill. He's a good kid wrapped up in the Dickheads, the local gang responsible for some of the most vicious and sickening crimes the town has ever seen. Also, they wear condoms on their heads.

Jordan is on a time crunch. He hasn't done anything bad enough to move up in the gang just yet. If he doesn't find something by the time he turns thirty next week, he'll have to partake in the strange ritual known as the Lead Balloon. No one knows exactly what it is, but no one that's done it has ever been seen again.

Sink #7 takes a different turn than what we're used to, but it never lets you forget about the blood and gore that has come to define the comic. Jordan is a lovable character and definitely in over his head. It's not clear why he joined the Dickheads in the first place, although one can surmise that it's probably something all guys of his age do in Sinkhill. In any case, he is not cut out for this line of work, but he goes along with it anyway, doing his best to avoid the most heinous acts.

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And heinous they are. There's one example early on that is so very vile and yet more than a little humorous. I feel guilty laughing about it, but once you see the image, presented without commentary, you will probably crack up at the sheer lunacy of it. Artist Alex Cormack perfectly captures the mix of terror and comedy in this shot.

The design for Jordan is spot on too. He's a bit of a schlub with a patchy beard, greasy hair, and a permanent slouch. He's not used to standing up for himself, which could also explain his current situation. His friend Emma offers to help him find something that would help with his initiation that won't hurt anyone and this leads to a great montage of sorts showing some ridiculous antics that Jordan continually messes up.

The flow of this segment is great and plays up the humorous angle of Sink #7. Sure, you feel bad for Jordan when he's getting his head shoved in a toilet or attacked by an old lady, but you have to admit that it's pretty funny. There are also some great nods to some previous issues of Sink. My favorite comes when Jordan picks up an all-too-familiar shovel as a gag.

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Speaking of call-backs, we finally get to dig a little deeper into a mysterious and bloody element of Sink that has been around since the very first issue: the gore-filled bus. This thing pops up like a nightmare. It's your average commuter bus that is literally covered in blood. Colorists Alex and Ashley Cormack make this look like the page itself is dripping wet with the stuff. It's everywhere. This presents such a chilling environment as it's shown without a lick of dialogue. There's no explanation for why this is there or how it got there. That just adds to the terror because it's almost commonplace in this town.

Writer John Lees showed us how a great story filled with tension could work with Sink #6 and some of the best elements of this issue are presented without any text. This is especially true for the final pages. While there are some laugh-out-loud moments in this comic, those are all gone by the time you get to the end. It's a chilling conclusion that shows what really happens to nice guys in Sinkhill.

Sink shows its versatility with this issue, blending humor and horror into one seamless reading experience. Comedy and horror are very close together in the scheme of things with some similar elements in storytelling and timing. They're also very tough to do in comic book form. This is a perfect example of it done very well, although you should be warned that the humor is pretty dark. Odds are, if you're a horror fan, you're probably A-OK with that.

Grades:

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Art: Fivestars
Overall: Fivestars

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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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