Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Tyler Crook
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: April 13
An infestation of insidious serpents has warped the minds of Bernice’s neighbors. Turning to the mysterious Lovey Belfont for aid, Bernice soon learns the dark history surrounding the land on which the Holler rests.
Harrow County #11 starts with some of the neatest opening credits in all of my years of reading comic books. The artist, Tyler Crook, painted the pages to show inside of an old basement of several Ball Quart jars on shelves. Not only were the jars full of snakes, the jars themselves were the opening credits to Harrow County #11. One of the jars said “CROOK” another said “Bunn” instead of the usual brand name “Ball” etched across them on the front of the glass. One of the other jars also said “Harrow County” in cursive. It gave me the feeling I was at my grandma’s house as a kid in her utility room, looking at all of her shelves of mason jars full of blackberries to be used for cobblers. Instead of the snakes of course!
The story begins Bernice and Clinton peaking in the old house out in woods of Harrow County, where we left off at the end of the Harrow County #10. In the earlier issue, while picking blackberries, Uncle Early was bit in the face by a cottonmouth. After that her stared out into the woods all day to the path to the old house. The kids had not seen him when it was time to check in at night, so they set out to find where he could have went. What they found was an old woman with a basement full of snakes in mason jars, hovering over Uncle Early’s bloody body.
The kids are frightened from what they see. They try to not to get caught peeping thru the window of the house. Clinton turns around and sees in the pitch of night, a red-eyed opossum hissing in their faces. The frightened kids alert the woman of their presence, and start out a chain of unfortunate actions and surprises that last throughout the rest of the issue. (And more demon opossums!)
I’m enjoying this book, a lot more than I thought I would. It’s a break from the typical superheroes and beating up the bad guys. It has the feel that its a mix of the classic comic book horror stories, with imaginations and adventures of kids swirled in. The way that it is written by Bunn and the pacing is excelling. It is getting tiresome from comics that skip back and forth at the beginning of issues to tell us more of what is going on to understand more. But the flack-back stories that have been contained inside of these issues work really well where they are placed and makes sense for a reader and not make them feel confused and out of place.
Harrow County #11
Harrow County is a book that is starting to grow on me. Even the bonus short story at the back of the book, exclusive to the single issues, are neat to check out. Cullen Bunn introduces us to an interesting new character and Tyler Crook’s art is getting more awesome and scary. I look forward to the next issue and see where this adventure of the characters out in the woods takes us