Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Tyler Crook
Release date: 12th August, 2015
Is the last part in a story arc ever the right time to start? It’s the question that bothers a lot of us and, indeed, so often puts us off. That would, as is so often the case, be absolutely a mistake on this occasion.
As she turns 18, simple depression-era farm girl Emmy discovers she is a witch reborn, as her friends and family try to murder her to prevent her ascent to power.
The truth is more subtle than we had previously thought however, with some clever, but un-contrived revelations about her powers and those around her. Running from a crazed, six-eyed bull spirit with a drawl straight out of the heart of the confederacy, Emmy is driven into the arms of someone who may protect her, or who may perhaps want something more.
With a simple, aching resolution, it’s almost hard to believe the note of genuine love that rings through the conclusion of the arc, and it’s testament to Bunn’s skill that it doesn’t cloy. As always, Crook’s artwork matches both childhood dream and fear in a deceptively simple style, and understands that in horror the two things are inextricable.
Oh, and the last page is so good I went back and re-read the entire issue again.
It’s rare for a horror comic to be as tender as it is twisted, as beautiful as it is bloody, as sweet as it is sinister. Fabulous in every sense.
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The Writer of this piece was: Sam Graven
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