Plagued by horrific visions of a war-ravaged farm, Frank has seemingly reached his lowest point, but his descent into madness only continues. The animals are talking to him, and their leader is a manipulative pig who whispers warnings about outsiders in Frank's ear and feeds him cryptic hints about what happened to his family. But after an argument between the pig and a cow turns into a bloodbath, Frank unearths a terrifying secret about the farm and makes a desperate attempt to end the horrifying ordeal once and for all.
The violence and gore is noticeably more intense in this issue, but used to great effect. Gone are the pastoral landscapes of the first few installments, replaced with mud, mania, and a monstrous menagerie of talking animals. It climaxes beautifully with what can only be described as a spectacularly grotesque confrontation between Frank and the pig that does not disappoint.
Frank, in his deteriorating condition, fully believes what he's seeing on the farm is real. But Thomas deftly sews enough doubt into the story by having Frank speak with actual humans from outside the farm. These uncomfortable interactions build tension and keep the reader guessing until the very end. Additionally, he uses the Sergeant Harold character to establish a harrowing ticking clock in the closing pages.
The story moves at a methodical, but sometimes disorienting, pace. Pages packed with panels of various sizes can seem somewhat disjointed, but also work to underscore Frank's distorted sense of reality, leaving the reader with the feeling of passing in and out of a nightmare. The best artwork in the book is easily Bint's tremendous splash pages. There are four interspersed through the issue. Each one is unique and beautifully expressive, heightening moments of extreme fear and inescapable horror.
Creative Team: Jordan Thomas (writer), Clark Bint (artist), LetterSquids (letters)
Publisher: Scout Comics
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