Happy Horrorthon!!! We are in the thick of it folks. October is happening! We’re all eating things with pumpkin flavor, baseball’s in full swing (pun intended), and we all get into trying something scary.
There are few things that truly scare me as much as clowns do, but I’d rather sit on Bozo’s lap than live one solitary moment in Harrow County. Harrow County is a comic series by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook published by Dark Horse. Saying this comic is scary is like writing that Charles Lindbergh dabbled in flying planes. After the first few pages, I was thoroughly creeped out and turned on all the lights in my home.
The story revolves around Emmy, a nearly adult woman, who is discovering that she is not an ordinary farmer’s daughter, but terrifyingly powerful witch. Years earlier, Emma’s “mother” Hester was an evil witch with the powers of Satan. The townsfolk weren’t too fond of all of her child sacrifices and dark arts so they decide to shoot, stab, hang, and burn Emma’s “mother”.
*Slight Spoiler*—- Emma learns that she is the born again version of Hester and not an actual daughter. Emma was born from murder and vengeance and Harrow County is about to reap the whirlwind.
The art of this story is so off-putting and chill-inducing. Their eyes pull you in as if you are one of the townsfolk being judged and co-opted by good or evil. The story has a wide streak of ambiguity; it never allows you to fully see the true good or evil of any the characters after the first five pages. In essence, the characters are real. They are you neighbor, your brother, your sister: imperfect and conflicted. This duality is exemplified by Emma’s only a friend a ghost or “Haint” who is actually bifurcated. One half of the friend acts as Emma’s bodyguard: pure rage that is only muscle akin to the Human Body figures from biology class and the other half of her friend is a kind and scared bag of skin who acts as a guide for Emma. The bifurcated friend is a great visual example of our rage that hides just under the surface of all people.
This story is scary as Hell. Go Buy It!