Published: July 11th, 2018 – November 7th, 2018
Written by: Rob Guillory
Art by: Rob Guillory, Taylor Wells
Image Comics, 165 Pages
I hadn’t read Chew by John Layman (with art by Rob Guillory) but I’ve heard good things. So I figured I’d check out Guillory’s Farmhand when the first issue came out back in July. I was glad I did because this is one of the most unique comic books that I’ve read in years.
I’ve always liked Guillory’s art style, as I’ve seen a lot of his work in Chew. The reason I never picked it up is that I was turned on to it kind of late and I really need to go back to it’s genesis and pick it up from there. I plan to in the future.
Anyway, Guillory’s art is great in this but he also goes to show that he has a talent for writing as well.
The story is about fathers and sons and really, family in general. Beyond that, the story deals with science run amok. There are lots of Frankenstein-esque things in this story but instead of bringing together dead body parts, this looks at the melding of human and plant DNA.
I’d say more but I don’t want to spoil things more than I may have already with my cryptic plot synopsis.
Farmhand is just a really interesting comic with several neat ideas that come to life quite well on the page. I know that there are plans for a sequel miniseries and I definitely want to see where things go beyond this story, which really just whets the palate for something bigger.
But with that being said, the comic feels small and cozy. You feel at home with these characters and their small town farm life.
Image Comics has been really hit or miss for the last several years but this is definitely worth the investment. Especially if you just want to experience something very original and enjoyably bizarre.
Pairs well with: Chew and Rob Guillory’s upcoming follow up to this.