"Sink #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by ComixTribe
Written by John Lees
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
2017, 28 Pages
Sinkhill is a strange place that can infect people. Those that live there may not realize it, but they're tied to this town with roots that go deep. Florence Kilcolm thought she escaped its grasps. She used to be Robert Kilcolm, a violent hellraiser fueled by anger. She has put that life behind her, living peacefully in the country, until she learns an old friend was murdered and no one's doing anything about it. It seems Florence has to return to Sinkhill one more time to dispense some much needed justice.
Florence literally wears the scars of her past on her hands. They serve as a constant reminder of the violence she's committed. Her hands are covered in scrapes and cuts that look incredibly painful. This is the one part of her where she's still Robert. Everything else about her appearance and demeanor has changed except for this.
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We get glimpses to Florence's past as Robert. Artist Alex Cormack captures this ball of rage shaped like a man. Robert (aka “Rab”) was a loose cannon ready to attack at a moment's notice. Bloodshed was a normal everyday occurrence in his life. Cormack brings these flashbacks to a head in an impressive full-page spread. Florence is in the center, head down, cleaning dishes, while shards of broken, blood-splattered glass appear all around her, each showing an image of violence. It's a powerful shot that symbolizes the character's inner struggle, trying to keep this train of anger in check.
What follows is a blood-soaked battle of vengeance where shades of Rab can be seen once more through the lovely Florence. Cormack adds some great texture to these pages. The images get a little hazy, as if they're being seen through a rage. It's a nice effect that's reminiscent of old exploitation films.
And the blood! I hope Cormack colored this digitally because otherwise he would have gone through so much red ink. When the violence begins, it's confined to each panel, but then it starts to get bigger. It practically flies off the page to the point where you want to touch it to see if it's real. By the end, the comic feels soaked in blood. Florence is at its center, like a bizarre version of Carrie.
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Although each issue of Sink has focused on different characters and different stories, there are some nods to previous tales in this one. These serve as a nice touch and a reminder that all these crazy things are happening in the same area. These people could have run into each other walking down the street.
Sink has depicted many different types of horror and violence, each with vast amounts of gore and bloodshed. Somehow, writer John Lees and artist Alex Cormack have topped themselves with this chapter. This is a strong story of revenge and fighting back inner demons. Can you really change who you are? Or will your past always be lurking deep inside...waiting to jump out and strike?You can read this issue, as well as the previous chapters of Sink for free by signing up to the official newsletter. Go ahead. Get in the van.