"Sink #5" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by ComixTribe
Written by John Lees
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Colored by Alex Cormack & Lisa Moore
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 28th, 2018
After seeing what happens to the people in Sinkhill, I can only imagine the horrors in store for the animals. Emma Callaghan is looking for her lost dog, Snowy, and she's willing to go into the deepest depths of the local criminal underworld to find him. This forces her to face the brutality some folks are capable of right in her own backyard.
Sink as an anthology series has shown a different type of story with each issue and this one is no different. It has a more dramatic flair than those that preceded it. This one also reminds me a bit of Guy Ritchie's 2000 film, Snatch, with the inclusion of gangster Si McKirdie and his criminal dealings.
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This chapter shows a different kind of horror, one that hits hard for anyone who's ever had a dog. Emma is confronted with some horrendous acts committed by truly evil people. It's a stark realization of the world around her. Artist Alex Cormack delivers a gut punch with his artwork within these scenes. It's so gruesome that it's often tough to look at. It's one thing to have blood and gore when you're dealing with people, but it's quite another when the victim is an innocent animal.
As with previous issues of Sink, there is a helluva lot of blood at work. Cormack and Lisa Moore cover these pages with red ink to the point where you can only barely figure out what certain forms are. It gives you an idea of the scale of gore we're dealing with.
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Emma's search is a little too convenient as she sets out and basically finds all of her answers in a single night, including contacting a mob boss. I guess this speaks to how small the town of Sinkhill is since she is able to run the gamut of local freaks and weirdos while looking for dog. It just seems somewhat odd that she'd be able to get to the bottom of this just by walking into a club and yelling for Si McKirdie. In hindsight, the word “odd” is a fitting description for Sinkhill.
As this is the last issue for Sink (hopefully just for now), there's a nice closer that reminds us of the crazy shit we've seen over the series' run. If this is the end for Sink, it serves as a fitting closer, taking a look at the stars of each previous chapter. All of them are still very much kicking around the area and could show up at any time. Sink shows that an anthology series can be done incredibly well with a very high level of quality. Writer John Lees shows his range with not only this issue, but the series as a whole.