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‘Harrow County #16:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Tyler Crook’s artwork is lush and teeming with life, making the world of Harrow County one of the most fully realized landscapes in fiction today. His images are raw and breathtaking. They are both beautiful and haunting. They enliven the imagination by not only showing you what’s on the page, but making you wonder what’s beyond the panels. Without Crook’s artwork, I don’t believe Harrow County would be half as good as it is.

That’s how it should be, a perfect symbiotic relationship between artist and writer. You feel that here. Cullen Bunn’s scripts tell a story and form a mythology, and Crook gives breath and breadth to that mythology and emotional clarity to the story. That story is Emmy’s and her relationship with the living and non-living things of Harrow County.

Emmy is an eighteen-year-old daughter of a witch. Though after these last several issues, “witch” might be a loose term. As Emmy has spent this story arc dealing with a group of powerful beings who claim to be her family, her family in Harrow County has been put at risk. With Issue #16, we finally know who the bad guys are, because she has decided who they are. As this conflict intensifies (and as I sat on the edge of my seat), Emmy’s powers grow and
Bunn takes the time to reveal to us that other characters not directly involved with this arc are larger parts of the world than first realized. Part of the joy of this book is of the constant discovery of how deep Bunn’s writing goes and how much more there is to discover, so you’ll have to pardon how little I talk about the actual story that’s in progress.

With every issue, I become more a fan of Harrow County. There’s no way around it: This is one of the best books out there, horror or otherwise, and you are doing yourself a great disservice if you are not investing your time and money to read it.

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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