Harrow County, Vol. 2: Twice Told written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Tyler Crook and Mike Allred
Published by: Dark Horse Books on April 26, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror
Plot: Emmy might have survived the people of Harrow County learning about her past, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe from the legacy that Hester Beck left for her.
Review: Picking up right where volume one left off, we see that Emmy has an evil twin. Normally, I might be bothered by something so predictable, but I really liked it. Emmy is in a transitional period of her life. She has a great amount of power for someone living in little ol’ Harrow County, and the choice to temper her gifts with kindness and balance speaks volumes about her as a character. Presenting her with a mirror in which to view the darker course she could have taken just feels like a logical turn in the plot. I think it was wise of Bunn to go in that direction. It also leaves the door wide open for him to write about what else could be out there waiting for Emmy. Readers will have a better time with this one if they view it as more of a foundation for what’s to come, especially when you consider that volume one only had four issues to work with. World building takes time, and I have to give Bunn props for covering the amount of ground he has thus far. His pace is pretty damn perfect.
My favorite part of Harrow County is still the artwork. Tyler Crook’s style is my jam. Period. I especially like that this volume includes his sketches and layout process. I always enjoy seeing how comics are brought to life, and it is particularly interesting to me when they work in a variety of mediums. Extras such as this are what makes it so worth it to snag the graphic novel collections, even if you already have the in-issues.
Harrow County is a series that is still feeding my need for something dark and sinister. It’s ability to do so on a sophisticated level has me hoping that it’s run will be a long one.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: If you want to take a trip to the darker side of the south or are looking for a series with some stellar artwork, a solid place to start is with Harrow County.
*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*