• Harrow County #25

    Harrow County #25
    Released by: Dark Horse Comics
    Released on: September 13th, 2017.
    Written by: Cullen Bunn
    Illustrated by: Tyler Crook
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    It’s been a few months but Harrow County returns, this twenty-fifth issue starting out with a scene wherein we see a morbid image of Kammi ‘banished ‘neath the Earth,’ buried underground in hopes of breaking a spell. She’s not dead, however. We see this when she opens her eyes. She can’t open her mouth without gagging, however, and she seems to have no idea how long she’s been down there. All she wanted, we’re told, was to know the sister she’d been estranged from. And she was punished for it. Eventually Kammi felt a beacon calling her to the surface. She made her way out, crawling up through the dirt, with revenge on her mind. She would turn Harrow County into Hell.

    Elsewhere, Emmy and Bernice are rushing. Lovey didn’t organize anything so it’s taking longer for Bernice to get the supplies in order than Emmy would like. Emmy’s upset because she thinks she’s figured out the truth behind Levi, Odessa and the other members of her ‘family.’ They need to stop them. They’ve haunted Harrow County for ages, but they were unable to attack Hester Beck because she was protected by a pact that they’d made. When Emmy was born, she was under that same protection and while that meant that they couldn’t physically harm her, it didn’t mean they couldn’t turn people against her, even her own ‘ma and pa.’ Emmy say Kammi, her sister, the one who embodied all the evil the townsfolk figured Emmy would be, die – but she figures Levi and the others are going to bring her back to get to her. Emmy figures the only thing they can do is talk to Malachi.

    Emmy’s suspicions are correct – the family does bring Kammi back and they do intend to have her do her harm. But Kammi’s got ideas of her own. When Emmy and Bernice meet with Malachi, he confirms it – and he also tells them how Emmy and Kammi’s true identities tie into the county’s past and Hester Beck in particular.

    We’ve known for a while now that Kammi was going to come back, so it’s no surprise to anyone that has been paying attention that she makes her comeback in this issue. Exactly how she makes it, however… what she does specifically – and we won’t be spoiling that here – that’s where the big twists in this issue stem from. It’s twisted, dark stuff – possibly the darkest issue in the series yet (and that’s saying something). Threads from earlier issues are all starting to tie together quite nicely, bringing Harrow County’s macabre past into its equally sinister present. Cullen Bunn writes the material perfectly, fleshing out the characters nicely so that their motivations are clear but at the same time, keeping an air of mystery about pretty much everyone central to the storyline. Tyler Crook’s artwork is as beautifully dark in this issue as it has been from the start, the perfect visual complement to Bunn’s prose. The end result is a genuinely eerie book, a chilling take of small town horror and backwoods evil that is simply addictive.

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