"Sink #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by ComixTribe
Written by John Lees
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
2017, 28 Pages
Sharon has a good job. She runs a discreet one-woman cleaning service. She's fast and she doesn't ask questions. Oh, I should add that since this is Sinkhill, her specialty is disposing of dead bodies. Sharon does this with ruthless efficiency. Her perfect routine is challenged when her latest assignment isn't quite dead. She was hired to get rid of the body and word can't get around that she doesn't deliver. She has a perfect record to maintain after all.
Where the first issue of Sink is filled with terrors big and small, this one is more of a personal story. Although Sharon is cold and standoffish, she is faced with a real moral dilemma. On the one hand, she was paid to dispose of this body. On the other, the body is still alive. Can she risk her entire career over this one mistake? Can she kill a man? It's one thing to deal with a body once someone else has ended their life. It's quite another to do that yourself.
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It doesn't help that Sharon sees something of herself in this young man. They're both from Sinkhill and have had some rough times in their life. Sharon is stuck in this place. The town has its claws in her and it won't let go. This guy has a chance to break free before the foundation is set and live a real life outside of these horrors. You really don't know which way Sharon is going to go. Writer John Lees keeps bouncing between the two sides, keeping you guessing until an incredible finale. You might think you know where it's going and there is a potentially cheesy ending, but Lees is better than that and he delivers a satisfying ending that's fitting for Sink.
Matching and enhancing this is Alex Cormack's artwork. He amplifies the emotions – or lack there of in some cases. Sharon is a hard woman with a permanent frown on her face. She's rarely surprised and she never smiles. There's one almost out of place page with a moment of pure happiness and even then, Sharon is a rock. Since the whole issue takes place at night, the darkness surrounds Sharon, keeping her face mostly in shadow except for her piercing green eyes.
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A standout scene in this issue is a dream sequence from Sharon. Cormack gives the art a frenetic energy, almost like it's vibrating. There are no colors aside from red and black (with a splash of green for Sharon's eyes). The lines are erratic, giving the appearance of a foggy yet familiar dream pulled from memory against your will.
Sink is a book that will keep you guessing. It delves into a town full of mystery and dread. Darkness lurks in every crevice. Bad things happen here and any hope can and will be extinguished in a heartbeat. This issue is a slow burn that builds up to a surprising conclusion. If you want to read Sink, you can get in the van with the rest of us and read it for free here.