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"Sink #9" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by ComixTribe

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Written by John Lees
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Color Flats by Jer Vy
Lettered by Shawn Lee
2019, 34 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 22nd, 2019


The Hardi family got a terrific deal on a furnished penthouse apartment in the Graphite Green complex. This proves too good to be true, as it turns out this building houses professional killers who will hunt the tenants for the entertainment of viewers at home. What the killers are unaware of is who the patriarch of the Hardi family is and the lengths he'll go to protect his loved ones. What's that saying? I'm not trapped in here with you. You're trapped in here with me. That couldn't be truer than in Sink #9.

This issue is a definite homage to The Raid, as the Hardis must fight their way through a building, floor by floor. Writer John Lees admits this in the essay in the back of the comic. Sink #9 takes that basic concept and enhances it with the idea of family and community. The people trapped in this building are forgotten or passed over. They're the ones that no one will care about, so their deaths will have no real impact on society. No one will notice they're gone. This serves as a bit of inspiration for them to rise up, but they need a push.

That push comes from Mr. Hardi, who is revealed as someone near and dear to the hearts of Sink fans. This revelation occurs in the previous issue and it knocked me for a loop. It was the last thing I expected and I'm so very glad it happened because it just upped the ante on the entire reading experience. This puts one of the coolest and most interesting characters into context and makes me want to go back and re-read every one of his previous appearances with a new set of eyes.

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This kind of reveal is not handled lightly. Lees built up to this, adding mystery around it for ages before pulling the trigger in a most unexpected fashion. It leads to a huge payoff. I was already rooting for the Hardis, but after that, I was practically screaming and cheering them on while reading Sink #9.

The carnage unleashed in this book is like nothing I've seen. By the end, I had to check to make sure my copy wasn't literally dripping with blood. Artist Alex Cormack delivers some impressive and gore-filled action sequences that will make you simultaneously cringe and cheer.

It's interesting to see the juxtaposition between each side of this fight. When the Hardis attack, it's a righteous fight for justice and survival. Meanwhile, when the killers do it, it's brutal and unforgiving. They're both equally violent and sickening, but they're viewed through different lenses.

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Of all the killers, the one appearing on the cover is the most frightening. She is relentless in her attacks and when she first encounters the Hardis she's covered in the blood of her victims. Cormack gives her this emotionless quality as she carries out the motions. There's no joy or anger in her work. This is just what she does to get by and that makes it all the more chilling.

The action sequences are aided by letterer Shawn Lee, who guides our eyes to the key details in each scene. For example, during an early fight, the sound effects are focused on each action, amplifying every blow. Similarly, when someone falls down a flight of stairs, their scream trails across the page, following them.

You never know what you're going to get with Sink because anything can happen in this crazy town. This two-issue arc has been nothing short of incredible, raising the bar on what this series is capable of. It's a testament to the talents of this creative team and how well they can work together to create one of the best comics I've read all year. Anyone can dig into these two issues, but fans that have been following Sink from the beginning will absolutely love them.


Story: fivestars Cover
Art: fivestars
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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