Frank At Home On The Farm #4
Scout Comics 2021
Written by Jordan Thomas
Illustrated by Clint Bint
Lettered by Lettersquids
This is the end. With the animal civil war reaching a gruesome conclusion and law enforcement closing in, the time for Frank to act has arrived. Will Frank find the answers he seeks? Can the horrors be stopped? One thing is for sure, the animals won't be going down without a fight in the exciting finale!
Well this is the issue we’ve all been waiting for, when we find out just what the heck is going on and why Frank is seeing what he’s seeing. I mean don’t get me wrong I have been immensely enjoying the whole psychedelic aspect of him talking to the animals, a psychotic Doctor Doolittle if you will, but I’ve been dying to know if it’s all in his head, a result from some PTSD of being in a war, basically enquiring minds want to know. What’s amazing about this issue is that we’ve seen bits and pieces of this coming but we’ve never been quite sure how all the puzzle pieces fit. So kudos to Jordan here for writing one hell of an amazing story that kept us guessing right up until the last page here.
I love, love, love the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceptionally well. How the story transitions this issue between Frank and the other characters is extremely well thought out and executed ensuring that this comes to a natural conclusion. The character development has been extraordinary since day one and it never slowed down as we see the characters change, grow and evolve as the story moves forward. The pacing is excellent and as it takes us through the pages it keeps the reader engaged as well as riveted to the page.
How we see this being structured and how the layers within the story have been weaving in, around and through the main arc has demonstrated a sensational skill, talent and love of writing. Then to see how everything works together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as move the story forward has been a true and utter delight to see.
The interiors here really have been something pretty special. Just seeing that two-page should tell you everything you should need to know about the level and quality of the interior artwork. The linework is exquisite and how the varying weights and techniques are being utilised throughout to create this level of quality in the detail work is astounding. How backgrounds are utilised and how vital a role they play in the book makes my heart sing. They also enhance the moments as well as bring some beautiful depth perception, sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope to the book. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angels and perspective in the panels show such a brilliant eye for storytelling. The colour work is absolutely gorgeous! How the various hues and tones within the colours are being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is beautifully rendered. It is amazing how a dark palette can be so beautiful.
This is a hauntingly beautiful psychological tour-de-farce that will take you to the edge of madness and if your not careful leave you there. This is so intelligently written and beautifully illustrated making it such a powerful story, which in my mind i’ve already fan cast it. I have never seen anything like this before and I doubt we’ll see anything like this again a true original in every sense of the word.