"Sink #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by ComixTribe
Written by John Lees
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Colored by Alex & Ashley Cormack
Lettered by Shawn Lee
2018, 36 Pages
Comic released on November 17th, 2018
The next volume of Sink begins and holy crap is it a doozy. The crazy murderous clowns return, this time with a new victim. A young woman finds herself in the back of the familiar blue van in the midst of a transformation into one of these monsters. She manages to fight her way out, but is she too far gone? Can she return to her life? Or has she become a lunatic clown as well?
Let's start with the blood and gore. I had to check to make sure my copy of Sink #6 wasn't literally dripping with blood with the amount that's on display here. Colorists Alex & Ashley Cormack have outdone themselves. I had no idea there were this many shades of red. They swirl and change with the scene too, becoming a little more diluted as the young woman fights her way through the rain.
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Even with the abundance of blood, it's always shocking to see it on the page. It's not shown purely for gross-out purposes. Every drop means something and serves to underline the severity of this poor woman's situation. She is literally fighting for her life in every single panel.
Sink #6 is presented as a silent issue. The only real dialogue we get are the hideous laughs from the clowns, haunting this woman as she runs away. Letterer Shawn Lee uses the sound effects well, particularly with the more gruesome scenes. Have you ever wondered what it would sound like to cut your mouth open from ear to ear? Well, you'll learn in this issue.
So much of this comic is felt through Alex Cormack's artwork. You immediately understand the sheer terror this woman is going through and every emotion that she experiences as her night progresses. She's frightened at first, then desperate, then pissed off. Her entire life has been ruined in the span of a few hours and she's struggling to figure out where she can possibly go next.
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This leads to a somber and heartbreaking scene as she tries to return to her home. Imagine going through the most traumatic night of your entire life, filled with pain, anguish, and personal hardship, only to lose anything that might provide you with comfort as the final blow. It's devastating. Writer John Lees delivers a gut punch of a read in this book.
Sink pulls no punches. This issue is horrifying in the truest sense of the word. The artwork will make you cringe. This woman's journey is an emotional roller coaster through blood and torment with the highest highs and the lowest lows. Plus, it deals with murderous clowns and there is nothing that's not terrifying about that phrase. This is required reading for all horror fans.