Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Comics Review: FARMHAND #19 Rattles "Momma's Bones"


STORY: Rob Guillory
ART: Rob Guillory
COLORS: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
LETTERS: Kody Chamberlain
COVER: Rob Guillory
28pp, Colors, 3.99 U.S.(July 2022)

Rated “M/ Mature”

Farmhand created by Rob Guillory

Chapter 19: “Momma's Bones”

Farmhand is a dark fantasy comic book series from comic book creator, Rob Guillory.  Guillory is also known for his award-winning tenure on the long-running comic book, Chew (Image Comics), with writer John Layman.  Farmhand is written and illustrated by Guillory; lettered by Kody Chamberlain (who also designed the Farmhand logo); and currently colored by Jean-Francois Beaulieu.

Set in and around Freetown, Louisiana, Farmhand focuses on the Jenkins family: Ezekiel “Zeke” Jenkins; his wife, Mae; their children, Abigail and Riley; Zeke's father, Jedidiah “Jed” Jenkins; and sister, Andrea (“Andy”).  Once upon a time, “Jenkins Family Farmaceutical Institute” used stem cell biotechnology to grow plant-based replacement human organs and tissue.  Once upon a time, transplant recipients saw this as a miracle.  Now, Zeke and the rest of the world see the miracle as a curse.

Farmhand #19 (“Momma's Bones”) opens as Andrea races to Pastor John “Tree” Moore's church.  There, she will confront her brother, Zeke, over their father.  But they must put aside the family feuding because here comes the forces of Monica Thorne.  And they are here for the contents of the grave of Anna Jenkins, Zeke and Andrea's mother!

THE LOWDOWN:  As I have previously written, it seems that in the two years since the publication of Farmhand #15, Rob Guillory may have used that time to really think about Farmhand.  The series has gone from being exceptional to being unbelievably crazy.  Guillory's art – the design and compositions – remains dynamic and imaginative.

Farmhand #19 starts off as if it is going to focus on more Jenkins family dysfunction.  Instead, Guillory treats his readers to one of the craziest graveyard battle royales since the 1985 horror film, The Return of the Living Dead.  Everything is so unexpected and filled with surprises and shocks  Farmhand is like a box of chocolates; you never know what ickiness the creamy center will offer.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of dark fantasy fiction and of great comic books will want to be a Farmhand.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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