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Review – Farmhand #7 (Image Comics)

Farmhand #7 (Image Comics) cover(detail)by Rob Guillory
Farmhand #7
Overall
8.3/10
8.3/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Overall - 8.25/10
    8.3/10
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Summary

Writer: Rob Guillory
Artist: Rob Guillory
Colorist: Taylor Wells
Lettering: Kody Chamberlain
Graphic Design: Burt Durand
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: Mature
Release Date: April 17, 2019

Farmhand #7 brings us some of the truths we’ve been asking for, while giving us even more questions.

 

Farmhand #7 Takes An Unexpected Turn

Farmhand has been a fascinating series so far, a sort of biological and slow-growing horror series. It’s only seven issues in, yet there have already been countless questions raised during the course of the plot so far. Farmhand #7 breaks the pattern of the past few issues, giving us some backstory, some monologuing, and best of all, some answers. But of course it also raised twice as many questions along the way, but that was probably to be expected.

Writing

Farmhand #7 (Image Comics) cover by Rob Guillory
Farmhand #7 (Image Comics) cover by Rob Guillory

Rob Guillory is the brains behind the series—and no pun intended there. He’s the one who came up with the original idea, and is the one that has been writing all of these issues. He’s shown us that he is fully capable of telling a plot with a slow build.

Farmhand #7 was refreshing, in a way. The dialogue was a lot more open, with characters actually talking about the issues at hand rather than just pretending everything is fine. Because of that, we were actually given answers to some of the questions we’ve been asking of the series. Some of the answers, mind you. Not all. But it’s a start.

This issue used an interesting blend of storytelling techniques to begin giving us the full picture. It starts out with a very emotionally compelling backstory. It explained a lot about the family dynamics and how they came to be so broken.

From there the issue jumped perspectives several times, giving us a solid idea of what was happening within the family and city. Together these pieces are starting to show us how everything works, though I still have a lot of questions.

The issue does end in a cliffhanger, which some people love and others hate, so take that with a grain of salt. I thought it was well done, so it won’t be bothering me (though it might have if it was about to go into hiatus).

Art

Like all of the other issues of Farmhand, Rob Guillory is also the lead artist for the series. And Farmhand #7 is no exception to that. He provides the distinctive style that fits his vision, and honestly, it was probably the best call. This plot requires such a specific format for art style. I honestly don’t think any other art style would carry the plot as well. Guillory has a way of blending two different forms of life—plants and humans—in a way that looks both natural and garish. It’s fascinating, and certainly adds to the horror elements of the series. There was more of that in this issue, as well as a few other unique opportunities.

Taylor Wells did the coloring for this issue, like the others. His bold coloring complements Guillory’s art style perfectly. The colors bounce back and forth from being bold and daring, to muted earth tones. The balance may seem a bit odd, but it’s perfect for the subject matter at hand.

Conclusion

Farmhand #7 took a couple of unexpected turns for the series, but they were also very badly needed. The readers can only hang on for so long without getting answers, so it was refreshing to finally get a few hints.

This issue was also shockingly emotional, which I think was also needed. It reminded us that the people at stake are just that—people. They’re flawed, broken, and hurting, but they’re still people. I’m very much looking forward to the next issue to find out where that cliffhanger is going to lead.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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