Harrow County is home to all manner of creepy crawlies, ghosts, goblins, zombies, and creatures. Emmy is a pretty normal girl, who just happens to be the re-incarnation of a powerful witch who was coincidentally executed in Harrow County on the very same day Emmy was born. After the very same townsfolk who put the witch to death learn of Emmy’s connection and subsequently want her dead, Emmy must learn to control her unusual powers in order to survive.
Harrow County #13 kicks off the new story arc The Family Tree. Emmy finds her friend Bernice in the middle of a cornfield searching for a lost boy named Clinton, who has vanished without a trace. Bernice is initially happy to see her friend, until she realizes Emmy has been using her familiar, a skinless boy, to keep an eye on her actions and whereabouts. Tension builds between the girls, even as they come to the realization that the fields are being used as a hunting ground, and the two girls appear to be the next intended prey.
If you haven’t been following Harrow County, this is a fine time to jump in, although after reading this chapter, you will likely want to go back and read chapters one through 12 to get all of the rich groundwork that has been laid. Cullen Bunn’s script moves fluidly through moments of seriousness, fun, confusion, and terror. The artwork by Tyler Crook is beautifully unsettling. The cliffhanger is half a dozen kinds of creepy.
Review by Brendan Allen