Connect with us
Farmhand #6 Review

Comic Books

Farmhand #6 Review

Farmhand #6 continues from where it left off before the recent short hiatus. It feels like the illusion of normality, or whatever normality is in a world with plant-based organ transplants, is starting to disappear. First we have transplant patients arriving in Freetown, then the machinations of Mayor Thorne and finally the issue ends with Jedidiah making a big discovery. Of course, this is set against the backdrop of a fishing trip designed to get Zeke and his father talking again.

Farmhand #6 Review

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

Farmhand works as a book because it starts with the simple things and build from there. The core of the book is the Jenkins family, all of whom feel very real with their different drives and desires. I like how the interactions between Jedediah and Zeke really feel like they’re driven by two people thinking about different things and trying to communicate while at the same time trying to avoid being controlled by their past feelings. Then we have Andrea handling all the family business before having to do something that makes her uncomfortable. This issue continues to set things up for when the Jenkins realize that things are going wrong, and with the way this one ends it looks like we’ll get that moment in #7.

Farmhand #6 Review

It’s a little sad that Farmhand will be constantly compared to Rob Guillory’s previous book, Chew. The thing is, aside from Guillory’s art and the bizarre core concept, Farmhand is a very different animal. It doesn’t rely on the constant puns and the hundreds of ideas that were used just for a single page or panel that were so common in Chew. Guillory is more confident in his core concept and his characters where he doesn’t need to constantly show off his imagination. That’s not to say that Farmhand isn’t clever or that it holds back and the tension and drama are really beginning to ramp up.

Guillory’s art is really good here, especially with how he conveys emotions and moods. Some of the choices here are simple and it’s the smaller feelings that really impress here, things like doubt, contemplation and contentment. Taylor Wells’ colouring really complements the art, with her lighting effects really standing out at the beginning and the end of this issue.

Farmhand #6 Review
Farmhand #6
Is it good?
Farmhand #6 is a well paced, well written issue that continues to build up the tension. Guillory's art really sells the more human aspects of the story as the Jenkins family start to realise the horrors of the true status quo.
Great use of smaller tensions and conflict to lead to the underlying tension of the story
The emotions and facial expressions here are really good and expressive

Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can browse AIPT ad-free, gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!


In Case You Missed It

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #4 X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #4

There’s still no trial and hardly any Magneto to be found in ‘X-Men: The Trial of Magneto’ #4

Comic Books

Daredevil #36 Daredevil #36

‘Daredevil’ #36 review: The end

Comic Books

Marvel teases 'Destiny of X' era of the X-Men Marvel teases 'Destiny of X' era of the X-Men

Marvel teases ‘Destiny of X’ era of the X-Men

Comic Books

Spider-Men: Worlds Collide Spider-Men: Worlds Collide

Sara Pichelli’s art stuns in ‘Spider-Men: Worlds Collide’, even when their scripts trip over their own webs

Comic Books

Newsletter Signup