• Harrow County #28

    Harrow County #28
    Released by: Dark Horse Comics
    Released on: December 13th, 2017.
    Written by: Cullen Bunn
    Illustrated by: Tyler Crook
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    We start with another flashback as we see how Hester Beck called up ‘a lost ship from the depths’ - an impressive feat made all the more impressive by the fact that she was still very much a novice when it came to witchcraft. This was also when Hester ‘went rogue’ so to speak, killing kindly old Amaryllis so that she could eat her flesh and gain her powers.

    In the present, Emmy stands face to face with Kammi. She now knows that Kammi isn’t interested in a ‘live and let live’ option – one of them has to die for this to be settled. Kammi pushes. Tells Emmy how and why they’re more alike than she’ll ever admit. But when she makes a crack about killing Emmy’s Pa, Kammi finds Emmy’s hands around her throat faster than she thought possible. They fight, with fists at first, but Kammi won’t die like a regular person. She makes Emmy realize that when she starts pulling up some of the townsfolk’s houses, with people still in side, and then slams them down on Emmy.

    Convinced that she’s killed Emmy, Kammi starts to get prideful, which gives Bernice, injured by not taken out by the attack, a chance but of course, Kammi is much more powerful and, of course, Emmy isn’t quite finished yet. She means to finish this, and so she does, but in a way that will not only shock readers, but also tie in quite a few of the series’ plot threads into one twisted, horrifying set piece that is as repulsive as it is seemingly inevitable.

    The cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers ends this issue in a huge way. Bunn’s writing has never been better, tying the series’ past into its present and clearly its future, forcing Emmy to evolve in ways she never expected or wanted to. The kid gloves are off, this one hits harder than anything in the series thus far. At the same time, it’s a testament to the quality of the writing that we care about Emmy as much as we do, and want the best for her. We want good to triumph over evil – but there’s no such things as a sure bet, at least not in Harrow County.

    Complementing Bunn’s chilling set pieces are Tyler Crook’s illustrations, bringing all of this to life in horrifyingly beautiful detail. From the opening pages that demonstrate the depths of Hester’s dark powers to the grotesque finish to Emmy’s battle with Kammi and its after effects, Crook’s visuals make every page worth pouring over. The detail and use of color is excellent, the layouts effective and engrossing and the ever important human characters drawn with emotion and character.

    This issue also features a Tales From Harrow County short story in the form of The Radio, written by Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein and illustrated by Christianne Goudreau. It tells the story of a woman named Joan who happened to be the first person in Harrow County to own a radio.

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