Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Carla Speed McNeil
Colorist: Jenn Manley Lee
Cover Art by: Tyler Crook
publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release date: February 10, 2016
After the conclusion of Kammi’s defeat in the previous issue, it left you wondering what else was waiting for Emmy in Harrow County? What new forces might come her way? Surprisingly, Emmy takes a backseat in this issue as a mysterious drifter comes into town. It’s obvious right away that this is no normal visitor, and like always with Harrow County it leaves you with questions. Why is he there? What are his intentions? While we’re introduced to this newcomer, he’s not entirely the main focus of the story. The focus here is the skinless boy and his tattered piece of flesh who has been by Emmy’s side since the beginning, protecting her from anyone who might mean her harm.
While the boy and his skin act as separate entities, you’re left assuming that at one point they were whole. What unfolds in this issue leaves you on the edge, wondering what the conclusion might be and if we will finally see how the boy’s skin ended up stuck in that brier patch where Emmy found him.
Bunn’s writing, accompanied by the artwork of Carla Speed McNeil mirrors perfectly with this issue. Each page leaves you wondering of things to come and tugs at your heart as you see the skinless boy’s vulnerability and emotions by the end.
While McNeil’s art is strong for nearly every panel of this issue, showing excellent emotions in the faces, the depiction of Emmy does fall flat and lacks depth in the face. Luckily, it’s not too much of a distraction since we see so very little of her. While McNeil’s art has it’s differences to Bunn’s, it’s not so different that it acts as a distraction as you flip through the pages.