After a two-year hiatus, Rob Guillory’s agricultural horror series Farmhand returns with an infectious and engaging story about the Jenkins family and the townsfolk of Freetown, Louisana. After a mind-blowing experience between Jedidiah Jenkins and Monica Thorne left Monica with half a head in issue #15, Jedidiah thought he was finally rid of the crazy bioengineer from hell. But unfortunately for Jed, thanks to the healing power of the Jeddiah Seed that he and Monica created to replace human organs, Monica was reborn. Problem is, she’s not Monica anymore but instead an inhuman plant god monster. Farmhand #16 follows the aftermath of the climactic ending to issue #15 and begins a whole new arc filled with unknown dangers for Jed and his family to face.
SPOILERS AHEAD for Farmhand #16!
The story itself couldn’t be more relevant because, much like the real world where we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic, Farmhand #16 shows that Freetown has endured some significant changes. You’ll notice that the demonic Monica Thorne’s seed of evil has spread throughout Freetown. People live in tents, barricades are set up around various perimeters, and the average person walking the streets has flowers growing out of their heads. It’s become The Walking Plants.
The story is also good because it’s a perfect setup issue that shows that our heroes Jed, his son Zeke, Jed’s daughter, and the rest of the Jenkins family are living on borrowed time as the temporary peace that evil Monica Thorne has imposed is starting to run out. What that means for the Jenkins family is yet to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: it’s bound to be exciting.
As for Rob’s artwork, it’s still amazing with impressive detail and filled with his usual brand of humor, like signs in the background that say things like “keep limbs inside the car at all times or else”. Ouch. However, this go-round’s overall tone feels a bit darker, so readers can prepare for sh*t to hit the fan in the future.
Rob Guillory doesn’t miss a beat in Farmhand #16, a refreshing and fun return to Freetown. If you’re looking for a horror comic with some humor thrown in, Farmhand #16 is an excellent place to start.
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