Horror Comic Review: Frank at Home on the Farm Issue #1

 Without spoiling, we review the horror comic that was successfully crowd funded on Kickstarter in 2019. It’s a creation that combines the horror, violence, war, paranoia and animals… The creators are: Jordan Thomas – the writer, Clark Bint – the artist , Nicholas Stephen Paul – lettering, and Writer on Cadavers, Murder Most Mundane and Last Exit to Brighton – Matt Hardy is functioning as the editor on Frank At Home On The Farm.

Synopsis:

Frank has returned to his family’s farm to find something wrong. Very wrong.

FRANK AT HOME ON THE FARM tells the story of a man returning home from the frontline of World War 1 to find his family mysteriously missing from their farm. FRANK is an intense tale of horror and paranoia where nothing makes sense and everything that barks also bites.

Spoiler-Free Review:

Do you love animals? Do you love horror? If answer to both is yes, then this comic series is meant for you. Even if you don’t like animals, this will make you look at them in a different way because of the comic’s effect. As the name suggests, the comic is about a man called Frank Cross, who has just returned to his family farm after the conclusion of the Great War (World War I) only to find that there’s nobody except his cattle and animals at the farm. The first issue focuses on the search of his family, nightmares and weird town folks. Frank starts hearing voices and seeing flashbacks of the war whenever alone. There are some strange happenings in the town as well. All of this adds to the already thrilling search for his family.

 The art style is realistic, creepy and dark yet colorful. There’s still some situational humor and characters are often given realistic shade in their conversations. One dialogue in particular makes it a funny yet harsh reflection of the society, that’s when Frank is asking about his missing family, one person from the town says, “What if I has seen them? What’s in it for me?” many such funny, sad and often smart conversations are shown without making the text a burden to read. Many situations show the harsh reality of war and the effect it has one the war veterans, both mentally, and physically.

   The story-telling is fluid and the nightmare sequences are truly terrifying but often leave us with the thought of why Frank is seeing such things about war? Is he mixing the reality with fantasy or perhaps that’s what happened? There seems to be a lot of suspense on multiple levels. First, the missing family, then the town folks, animals and nightmares. I think the essence of the horror and of this comic is based on the unanswered questions and mysteries.  Overall, if you want to see a unique horror experience that’s new and unique, then you definitely need to read this horror comic. It has the horror of war, humor and many creepy surprises. This 32 paged comic will entertain you and the art style is gritty, realistic, yet beautiful to make you lose yourself in the universe of Frank and his farm. You won’t regret this visit!

Please check out our review of Issue 2: Horror Comic Review: Frank at Home on the Farm Issue #2

& Issue 3: Horror Comic Review: Frank at Home on the Farm Issue #3

Issue 4 Featured Image!

Frank at Home on the Farm Issue #4 (Final Issue) will be launching on Kickstarter crowd funding platform in March 2020! Click here to get notified when the campaign launches: Kickstarter Page of Issue 4.

Preview pages & Information from the Issue 1 Kickstarter archive page:

Do you ever feel like you're being watched?
Do you ever feel like you’re being watched?
When they told us the enemy were animals we thought it was a metaphor!
When they told us the enemy were animals we thought it was a metaphor!

Frank At Home On The Farm #1 is the giant-sized 32-page opening chapter of a beautifully illustrated four part miniseries. The isolationist horror of The Shining meets the body-horror of David Cronenberg’s best work – all wrapped in a terrifying mystery that will keep you guessing till the very end.

If you love psychological horror, terrifying creatures, a creepy atmosphere – or just flat out crazy happenings that make you double check the page to be sure you are not experiencing a fever dream – then this book is for you.

Cow: "Hey Frank! How about closing that gate after you. Were you born in a barn?"
Cow: “Hey Frank! How about closing that gate after you. Were you born in a barn?”

Where is Frank’s family?

Why does no one remember them?

Why does Frank feel like the animals are watching him?

Who do the strange voices outside at night belong to?

My! What a pretty snout you have...
My! What a pretty snout you have…

When Frank Cross returns home following his service in World War 1, he expects to be greeted by his elated parents and younger brother. Instead he finds their farm is empty except for the animals. 

Tormented by nightmares of the front line, the mysterious voices that plague him and disturbed by the townsfolk’s lack of knowledge or interest in his family’s whereabouts. Frank becomes more and more isolated on the farm as he tries to uncover where his parents have vanished to… all under the watchful eye of the farm’s animals.

Bad dog, that little girl's leg isn't a chew toy!
Bad dog, that little girl’s leg isn’t a chew toy!
Trauma-ridden ex-soldier... available for babysitting
Trauma-ridden ex-soldier… available for babysitting

Our protagonist, Frank, is already damaged from his experiences at war when we meet him. He has both physical and mental scars, as well as a tendency to drift off.  As the story progresses we see more and more of the severe mental trauma, inner-turmoil and demons Frank has brought back from the trenches to the quiet English countryside.

As the horrors that exist both within the confines of the farm and the village surrounding it begin to close in on Frank, we start to see what he is truly capable of.

Surely nothing evil could happen in such a quiet little place...
Surely nothing evil could happen in such a quiet little place…

Set in an early 1920s England that’s still recovering from the turmoil of the First World War – Frank At Home On The Farm revels in capturing the small historical details of the period. We also use the setting and the time period as a way to ramp up the confusion and the isolation. The war resulted in decimated families and people relocating around the country – leading to less connected communities and an increased possibility for awful events to be set in motion – before anyone could notice.

With incredible art by up and coming superstar Clark Bint – Frank At Home On The Farm becomes more tense by the page as the mysteries pile up and things go from strange, to bizarre, to terrifyingly crazed.

Enter at your own risk.

Kickstarter Legacy / Archive Page.

View the full comic catalogue at ClankBint.com

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