Harrow County #3

by Forrest.H on July 08, 2015

Harrow County 3 Review
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Tyler Crook
Tales Of Harrow County Art: Owen Gieni 

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 8, 2015

As Emmy’s journey into understating her terrifying past, present and, future progresses in Harrow County #3 so, too, does Bunn and Crook’s horrifying and, strangely romantic look at the complex dance of darkness, destiny and, questionable innocence.

This time around, Bunn writes a quicker, taut story that eschews the slow burn of the first two issues and pits Emmy and her horrific but, helpful friends against her very own father in the middle of a long forgotten graveyard.

It’s an almost bare bones issue that works as a character study of Emmy in her new frame of mind. What will she do presented with power, monsters and murder? What will she do knowing the truth of her existence? What will she do to her very own father who has turned against her?

Bunn does his best to answer these questions fully and, in quick succession. In doing so, the script gives us a portrait, dripping in blood, of where Emmy is at now and, where she’s headed.

Some readers may take issue with how quickly and almost effortlessly Emmy gives up her old life but, what lies in wait for her is so darkly tempting that those concerns melt away. Especially so, given the Tales of Harrow County story here at the end that perfectly punctuates everything that’s coming to head in this forsaken place that Emmy calls home.

All of this, skinned boys and flaming skeletons, brought to life by Crook’s art which is as beautiful here as it ever is as he displays his total, masterful control over both darkness and, innocence. There are some strange, off-putting facial expressions here but still, you would be hard pressed to find an artist that can handle the full weight of the deeply disturbing and still beautiful Harrow County like Crook can.

Harrow County is my new favorite on-going series. It has its issues with pacing and the rare misstep in art but, for the most part and in the best ways possible, it is a dark, deep and endlessly entertaining look at a place that pulls you in with its country charm and, holds onto you with its bloody claws. 

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