As Biff Bam Pop! continues it’s 2016 edition of 31 Days Of Horror, this week, the Wednesday Run column gives you yet another in-season choice to read.
Imagine then, a small town in rural America, beset by a dreadful history of witchcraft and malevolent magic that is plagued in present day life by an unending series of “Haints” – inhuman creatures, ghosts, goblins and monsters!
Harrow County is an absolutely beautiful monthly horror series from publisher Dark Horse Comics, and one this site has recommended before. If you need to catch up, there have been three volumes collected already, with a fourth on the way, early next year. (Just so you know, Harrow Country is also in development as a television series!)
That said, the scary season is upon us and that means that the comic book to pick up this week is Harrow County #17!
Harrow County #17
Written By: Cullen Bunn
Illustrated By: Carla Speed McNeil
Published By: Dark Horse Comics
An interlude between chapters of the longer-form story, Harrow County #17 is a great jumping on point for new readers: it’s focus is on one of the most fascinating – and most frightening – characters in the series! Prepare for the origin story of the creature they call The Abandoned!
Part gargantuan Minotaur, part Demon beast, and all terrifying nightmare, The Abandoned makes his home in a ramshackle cabin in the deep forests surrounding Harrow County. Although his motives remain his own, over the past two years of story, the creature seems to have built a sort of thin-edge truce (and perhaps a burgeoning liking) to series’ protagonist, Emmy.
But Harrow County is full of dark secrets and many of them will be revealed as the series recounts the days long past where the life of The Abandoned was vastly different than it is in present day.
Harrow County #17 is the first of a two-part story-within-a-story. Joining series creator/writer Cullen Bunn is guest artist Carla Speed McNeil, whose figurative work is no less engrossing than fan-favourite regular artist Tyler Crook. McNeil is a perfect artist to take readers back to a bygone time. You can catch a sneak peek of the issue right here.
Make the run to you local comic book shop today…and fill your October evenings with the beautiful and loving dread that is Harrow County #17 – a series all of you should be reading!