"Farmhand #5" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written and illustrated by Rob Guillory
Colored by Taylor Wells
Lettered by Kody Chamberlain
2018, 36 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 7th, 2018
Zeke's sister, Andrea, is missing and all of Freetown is on high alert. Their father, Jedidiah, is on the warpath to find his daughter, fearing the worst. After all, someone could have kidnapped her to get to him and his prize farm where he grows human body parts. That is just part of the problem, as there's something sinister descending on the town and it looks like it's going to hit everyone by surprise.
The eerie quality of Farmhand cannot be denied. Every issue has been creepier than the last and this one opens with one of the most disturbing sequences to date. Writer / artist Rob Guillory has outdone himself with a flashback where Jedidiah realizes how close he's coming to playing God. This isn't explicitly said in the book, but you can understand the terror that he goes through witnessing how wrong his creation can go.
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This is done is the simplest way and it's so very effective. Guillory hammers this point home in this chilling scene that sets a high bar for the issue that is quickly surpassed again and again. The idea of a farm that grows body parts starts as a fun one and has quickly moved over to super unsettling as we see how horrific this can get.
Agriculture has an effect on the land around it, even with something as simple as cross-pollination. If a bee were to grab some pollen from one of Jed's plants and spread it around elsewhere, it could create all kinds of weird stuff. It gives the term GMO an all-new meaning. This is shown in gruesome detail with a double-page spread of a friendly-barbecue-turned-horror-show when someone opens up a pig to find mutated insides.
Colorist Taylor Wells makes this glow with this unearthly green. Everything about this is unnatural. Sure, butchering a pig could be a little gross, but this is something else entirely. The reaction shots from the people around it is just what you'd expect. That glow comes back around throughout the rest of the issue and it never means something good.
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Everything I've told you so far happens within the first few pages. There's still another huge chunk of Farmhand #5 and things get even crazier. Guillory has kept us on our toes with this series so far and this issue just pulls us in even further to this bizarre world. The limits of the human body are stretched and twisted in this strange take on body horror that blends flesh with plant life.
Farmhand strikes a great balance between horror and comedy, but this chapter leans a lot more heavily into the spooky side. It pulls back the curtain to show you just how far this kooky idea can go and it's some pretty crazy stuff. This issue wraps up the first arc and it does so with a bang. If you're not reading Farmhand, now is the time to dive in and catch up because things are going to get nuts.