After last issue’s big reveal, Harrow County #6 shows us how Emmy is getting along with her newfound sister from the city, Kammi. Is it good?
Harrow County #6 (Dark Horse Comics)
- A storm seems to have followed Kammi into Harrow County. Probably just a coincidence.
- Kammi’s butler (who made the trip with her from the city) stands in the kitchen and stares at Emmy’s father while refusing to speak with him. To be fair, he did try to murder his own daughter. But still…kind of weird.
- Kammi is overjoyed to meet Emmy, but is mean/rude to her sweet friend Bernice. That’s probably not good.
- While Emmy seems repulsed by her malicious origins, Kammi is totally into it. So into it, in fact, that she tries to dig their dead witch patriarch up from the ground. Uh oh…
- Kammi goes into town on her own. People mistake her for Emmy. She doesn’t correct him. I think we can see where this is going.
- Kammi meets the shady dude who Emmy refused to help (by casting a curse on a guy who was making eyes at his wife). Kammi, on the other hand, is more than happy to lend a hand.
Is It Good?
Okay. We get it. Kammi is evil.
I’m not knocking writer Cullen Bunn for the story decision itself. It actually has a ton of potential to be really, REALLY good. But for a series that has done such a superb job building tension and subverting tropes, the ‘reveal’ about Kammi was like being hit in the head repeatedly by a narrative sledgehammer.
All that being said, however, Bunn still brings the goods when it coms to the dialogue. I can’t wait to see how this plays out between two women with such drastically different views on their legacies.
As far as the artwork goes, Tyler Crook (along with wonderful coloring work by Ma’at Crook) is still knocking it out of the park. The last page in particular is so gruesome that it made me shudder a bit. He also continues to make Harrow County the most beautiful cursed municipality that you’ll ever lay eyes on.
…even when it rains.
And despite my issues with Kammi’s character traits being telegraphed, the issue does set up what looks to be a really cool confrontation. Kammi possesses the same unbridled vibrancy of Emmy, but from the completely opposite end of the moral spectrum. While that might be bad news for Emmy’s family, friends, and townsfolk, it’s great news for those of us who enjoy good horror.