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Author: Rob Guillory
Artist: Rob Guillory
Colorist: Taylor Wells
Letterer: Kody Chamberlain
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: November 20th, 2019
Maturity Rating: M
Farmhand #11 merges the past and the present in order to hint towards a dark and foreboding future. One that was created by the Jenkins family.
Farmhand #11: Our Histories Feed Into Our Future
The trials of Freetown are far from over, and it’s all thanks to the Jenkins. Last we saw, Jedidiah was pretty badly injured thanks to the attack – one that very well could have been of his own creation. Farmhand #11 continues that story, unveiling more about what is happening in this town.
Readers have been wondering for a while now how Jedidiah got this whole business started. And while there are still a great many questions that need answers, it feels like we’re getting closer to sorting it all out.
This eleventh issue in the series weaves the past and the future together. Giving us glimpses to what happened back in the day, while hinting towards something very dark on the horizon.
In many ways Farmhand #11 went a long way in setting up for the dramatic moment we all know is coming. Rob Guillory laid more foundation work down for us, continuing the pattern of slow reveals. It’s enough to start theorizing about what’s truly going on. But not enough to have any real sense of certainty. It’s a fine balance.
This issue is split into two main parts; the past and the present. The past is comprised of multiple moments, giving us hints at all the bits that played a part in creating this epidemic. And the present brought us some answers as well – along with plenty of concerns.
Guillory has managed to up the ante by making the fight a personal one for Jedidiah. But readers are left uncertain about what that will mean. Or what will be done about it. One thing is for sure – the next issue in this series is going to be an interesting one. It’s bound to be, given how much setting up this issue did.
The artwork in Farmhand #11 is as vibrant and alive as the plants it features. Though it’s probably not as dangerous, all things considered. Guillory was the lead artist, providing the imagery as well as the story. And that explains why the two match up so well.
There were some fascinating elements in this issue, from the new character introduced (and how she was designed) to the flashbacks and everything they had to show us. What was especially interesting was the way the styles changed depending on what timeline it was in – or what sort of storytelling was being used to get the point across.
Taylor Wells was responsible for the coloring in this issue, and they brought this disturbing world to life. They set the brightly colored plants against darker tones, giving off this perfectly eerie and perturbing feeling. And then there was Kody Chamberlain, who provided the lettering for this issue. It was the final touch this issue needed; one full of dialogue and sound effects.
Farmhand #11 went out of its way to build up towards something larger. We don’t yet know how explosive this plot is going to get. This issue left us in a desperate state. We know that things are going to get worse before things get better. But now we know how few avenues seem to be available.
This issue has kept the promise of the series so far by providing us with a glimpse of the truth. We don’t have all of the answers yet…but we’re getting there. And it’s going to be fascinating to see how it all plays out, in the end.
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