Farmhand, Vol. 1
Jedidiah Jenkins is a farmer--but his cash crop isn't corn or soy. Jed grows fast-healing, plug-and-play human organs. Lose a finger? Need a new liver? He's got you covered. Unfortunately, strange produce isn't the only thing Jed's got buried. Deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm, something dark has taken root, and it's beginning to bloom. From ROB GUILLORY, Eisner-winning co-creator and artist of Image Comics' CHEW, comes a new dark comedy about science gone sinister and agriculture gone apocalyptic. Nature is a Mother...Collects FARMHAND #1-5.

Farmhand, Vol. 1 Details

TitleFarmhand, Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534309852
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels Comics, Science Fiction, Horror

Farmhand, Vol. 1 Review

  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    things are aFOOT!!review TK**************************************hello, you! welcome back! now gimmie gimmie gimmie!
  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Old Jedidiah had a farm, E-I-E-I-O, And on that farm he grew some human body parts, … Eeeeeeeeee! Jedidiah Jenkins has figgered out a way to grow human body parts, like crops, on his farm, ready for transplantation. Surprisingly, there’s some controversy around his franken-farming and he has to contend with multiple rivals in the form of industrial espionage, jelly rednecks, demented former colleagues and the gosh-dern-gov’mint! And then there’s the problem with his crops – they’re… changing… th Old Jedidiah had a farm, E-I-E-I-O, And on that farm he grew some human body parts, … Eeeeeeeeee! Jedidiah Jenkins has figgered out a way to grow human body parts, like crops, on his farm, ready for transplantation. Surprisingly, there’s some controversy around his franken-farming and he has to contend with multiple rivals in the form of industrial espionage, jelly rednecks, demented former colleagues and the gosh-dern-gov’mint! And then there’s the problem with his crops – they’re… changing… their new owners…!Chew artist Rob Guillory writes and draws his first creator-owned Image series, Farmhand, and it’s not bad but you can tell Guillory isn’t the most experienced writer from the somewhat clumsy execution of the story. The main problem for me was the lack of focus in general. There’s a lot of characters: Jed, the mercurial patriarch of the Jenkins family who walks the line between hero and villain a la Walter White; his estranged son Zeke (essentially Guillory, being a black thirtysomething comics artist) and his family; Andrea, his daughter and business partner who’s got some secrets; and a whole mess of others. But who’s the protagonist – who’re we meant to be rooting for? Which segues into the unclear overall storyline. What exactly are the characters’ storylines/motivations/goals? Zeke wants to reconnect with his dad – is that it? Jed’s… chuntling along with his organ-growing, easily dealing with the occasional problem? Andrea’s up to something but… why? And the others – eh, they got nothing. I suppose Monica Thorne, the elderly Poison Ivy, is the villain but only because that’s how she’s framed – I’m not really sure why she’s the villain though. Or even why the organs turning on its transplantees are a bad thing – are they shortening their lives? Turning them into monsters? One dog gets monstrified but nobody else is affected quite so dramatically so was that a freak one-off? Guillory hints at sinister goings-on but doesn’t really give any real reason to the reader what the implications are. And then there’s the overall lack of anything happening. Besides the monster dog and an attempted abduction, it’s an entire book of table-setting which doesn’t even set the table all that well! That said, it’s great to see Guillory’s art again. It was arguably the best part of Chew and his style is remarkably eye-catching, imaginative and playful (not to mention the gleefully sarky comments inserted in the backgrounds!). In what I’ll generously call a “storyline”, Zeke’s kid sees this weird caterpillar dog everywhere, which goes nowhere but the caterpillar dog design is so delightful, I can easily see this being the next Chog fans will want to buy toys/plushies of. If nothing else, Guillory has a bright future as a toy designer! And I don’t want to seem too down on the writing. There weren’t any obvious clunkers in the dialogue and, while I didn’t feel that strongly toward any of the characters or was all that taken by the premise, I wasn’t that bored and parts of it were entertaining. It’s a little shaky and feels like an average opening episode to an average TV show, but Farmhand, Volume 1: Reap What Was Sown is an ok read and the series could well grow into something great – or not.
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Rob Guillory, the artist best known for drawing Chew, is back as both the writer and the artist on his latest Image series, Farmhand. I usually try to avoid the works of artists who turn writers since that usually doesn’t work out very well, but I was so into Chew (well, most of it, anyway) that I had to give Farmhand a read.At its core, Farmhand is a family drama set on an innovative farm where Jed, the oldest of the Jenkins family, is farming trees that can grow human organs. These miraculous Rob Guillory, the artist best known for drawing Chew, is back as both the writer and the artist on his latest Image series, Farmhand. I usually try to avoid the works of artists who turn writers since that usually doesn’t work out very well, but I was so into Chew (well, most of it, anyway) that I had to give Farmhand a read.At its core, Farmhand is a family drama set on an innovative farm where Jed, the oldest of the Jenkins family, is farming trees that can grow human organs. These miraculous organs don’t require any matching, surgery or physical therapy, they simply attach to humans, match their skin tone and that’s that. Of course, such a business attracts a lot of attention from all sorts of people from politicians to criminals, which causes a lot of problems for Jed, his children and their families.Farmhand has an interesting premise, and Guillory has a solid grip on all of his characters, each of them has something going on. The cast is quite big and will require a couple of issues to remember who is who, but the family dynamics and interactions are the heart of the book and are pretty fun to follow. Guillory shows that he's a capable writer in his own right, especially considering that this is his writing debut.Tone-wise, Farmhand is a bit of a mess though. Guillory is going for a Chew-like mix of comedy, drama, thriller and mystery, but he doesn’t always juggle all of those as well as they did with John Layman on Chew. Farmhand is usually funny when it needs to be and serious when the story requires, but occasionally there are moments that stick like a sore thumb. What personally bothered me the most was that there was an uncomfortable amount of gratuitous animal violence which often felt out of place and unnecessarily over the top, though I enjoyed the rest of the story enough that it didn’t ruin the book for me. Still, not cool.What is cool about Farmhand is Guillory’s artwork. Those who read Chew know exactly what to expect from it — expressive characters with fun designs, a lot of attention to detail, tons of background gags and jokes, inventive paneling and overall a delightful look that comes with its own specific tone and feel.Overall, Farmhand is a strong debut for Rob Guillory as a writer and a welcome comeback for him as an artist. For anybody who was waiting for the spiritual successor to Chew, Farmhand is the one. Here's to hoping that it can get even better in the future.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    The story and art remind me of Plants Vs. Zombies except this isn't funny at all. Lots of gratuitous violence toward animals and incredibly unlikable characters. It's disappointing because this sounded like a cool concept.Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5Total review score: 1.6
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    The artwork is wacky and gorgeous but something about the story didnt feel like it ever got going. I also found there were too many characters and very dialgoue heavy, with some dialogue unnecessary for the movement of the plot.
  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    You know that argument against genetically modified plants? How would you feel about them if instead of growing flowers, they grew human body parts, fresh and ready for transplant? Never thought about that before? Well, now you will - welcome to Farmhand.Farmhand's first volume is jam packed. Like any new series, there are new characters to learn about, new settings, new ways in which the world works, and it's a lot to take in with only five issues to do so. The storytelling is pretty dense, and You know that argument against genetically modified plants? How would you feel about them if instead of growing flowers, they grew human body parts, fresh and ready for transplant? Never thought about that before? Well, now you will - welcome to Farmhand.Farmhand's first volume is jam packed. Like any new series, there are new characters to learn about, new settings, new ways in which the world works, and it's a lot to take in with only five issues to do so. The storytelling is pretty dense, and there's definitely a sense that we're only getting dribs and drabs of what's to come - like we're pulling the beginnings of these threads, and they're longer than we can see at this point. It's a little overwhelming, but I'm sure in hindsight everything will snap into place. The premise is intriguing enough, and the characters are very varied, so I can see a lot of potential going forward.The artwork is Rob Guillory at his finest; his little in-jokes are still present from Chew, and the signage at the Farm is peppered with dark humour. I will admit that this isn't as laugh out loud funny as Guillory's previous mainstream work on Chew, but it's a different world, and a different writer (Guillory himself), so it's not surprising that it feels different.But different's not bad. Unless of course, different turns you into a mutant plant monster. But I guess we'll see about that in volume 2?
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  • Devon Munn
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThough not the best, this was a pretty decent book with an intriguing (and somewhat original) concept. Can't wait to see where it goes next
  • Paul Decker
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss*"Farm"aceutical stem cell research! PLants growing with human body parts! Think of the "Living with the Land" EPCOT ride meets a Haunted House. A son returns to his hometown with his family. His father has gone from a farmer to a farmer of human body parts. His farm has become an attraction and science lab. This comic deals with a lot of different topics. There's father issues, alcoholism, religion vs science, and small town govern *I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss*"Farm"aceutical stem cell research! PLants growing with human body parts! Think of the "Living with the Land" EPCOT ride meets a Haunted House. A son returns to his hometown with his family. His father has gone from a farmer to a farmer of human body parts. His farm has become an attraction and science lab. This comic deals with a lot of different topics. There's father issues, alcoholism, religion vs science, and small town government to name just a few. I thought the story was interesting with some fun small town characters. The visuals are great. The many different plants that each grow different human body parts are were designed well. I give this graphic novel a 3.5/5.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    This comic was just not my kind of thing at all. I was intrigued by the story of a farm that grew organs gone horribly wrong but this comic tries to not only be funny but also keep its dark, thriller side of the story intact and it just does not work for me. Also, at the points it was trying to be funny- it wasn't. I don't have much else to say about this story because at some point I just began skimming the pages once I realized it wasn't for me so I'll just leave it at that. *Thanks for Edelwe This comic was just not my kind of thing at all. I was intrigued by the story of a farm that grew organs gone horribly wrong but this comic tries to not only be funny but also keep its dark, thriller side of the story intact and it just does not work for me. Also, at the points it was trying to be funny- it wasn't. I don't have much else to say about this story because at some point I just began skimming the pages once I realized it wasn't for me so I'll just leave it at that. *Thanks for Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me a digital copy to review*
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Another reason to go vegan. Macabre fun.
  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    Some kind of Soylent Green – meets Poison Ivy – drama goes on here. In Hicksville, USA, a man reluctantly goes back to the family fold, which is where he finds his elderly father engrossed in a bizarre organ farm – literally getting flowers, shrubs and trees to use a unique stem cell (whose design came to him in a dream) to grow body parts that can readily graft to any recipient, however reluctant or enthusiastic. What follows is a really rich body horror piece, where the past and future of all Some kind of Soylent Green – meets Poison Ivy – drama goes on here. In Hicksville, USA, a man reluctantly goes back to the family fold, which is where he finds his elderly father engrossed in a bizarre organ farm – literally getting flowers, shrubs and trees to use a unique stem cell (whose design came to him in a dream) to grow body parts that can readily graft to any recipient, however reluctant or enthusiastic. What follows is a really rich body horror piece, where the past and future of all these characters must be explored – the old man and his son, the women who aren't what they appear to be, the effects of the town on this near-satanic industry on their doorstep and food supply… Some things aren't quite as coherent as I would have liked, and the artwork is a little too trashy to convey the southern gothic mood it might have benefited from, but there's little that's wrong with this dark piece of fun. A strong four stars.
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  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    Another hit from 2018!This book was a really fun and creepy experience. At first I thought it was gonna be more serious but really it had me giggling instead. There were a few panels that I'd just looked at and busted out laughing, its pretty great. But just because its funny, doesnt make it any less spooky. A man moves his family back to his hometown so they can all work on the family farm. Only its no normal farm, this farm grows human body parts! Is it man, science, or something even more sin Another hit from 2018!This book was a really fun and creepy experience. At first I thought it was gonna be more serious but really it had me giggling instead. There were a few panels that I'd just looked at and busted out laughing, its pretty great. But just because its funny, doesnt make it any less spooky. A man moves his family back to his hometown so they can all work on the family farm. Only its no normal farm, this farm grows human body parts! Is it man, science, or something even more sinister thats brought this miracle to this small rural town? Dont expect too many answers in this book, it all feels like a big set up for the next arch. And actually, my complaint for this book would be that it seems they got the "okay' for a longer series in the middle of this story and switched gears accordingly. Nothing wrong with that, it just feels like a long intro because of it. Super excited to see where this story goes.
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  • Katya Kazbek
    January 1, 1970
    Orphan Black meets the Walking Dead meets Soylent Green, delightfully set in the farmland of Louisiana. An offbeat, fun and creepy story that left me wanting for more. I’m not usually into this very glossy style of illustration, but I enjoyed it a lot, especially on the close-ups: the nature, the black and brown and sepia work wonders. However, it was a little bit hard to distinguish between all the women characters because they looked pretty identical. The same probably goes for the kids. They Orphan Black meets the Walking Dead meets Soylent Green, delightfully set in the farmland of Louisiana. An offbeat, fun and creepy story that left me wanting for more. I’m not usually into this very glossy style of illustration, but I enjoyed it a lot, especially on the close-ups: the nature, the black and brown and sepia work wonders. However, it was a little bit hard to distinguish between all the women characters because they looked pretty identical. The same probably goes for the kids. They were either not very memorable, or I just couldn’t tell them apart, but all except for the Russian creepy boy blended into one for me. Essentially, I feel like this is a story majorly between the son and father of the Jenkins family, so perhaps it’s alright as long as I concentrate on them.
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  • The Artisan Geek
    January 1, 1970
    Yeey first read of 2019! I quite liked this comic and I felt the story started off very strong. I like super natural things and that in combination with the art was what I liked most about this comic. I however started becoming less interested about halfway through the 4th issue. I’m not too sure as to why, but perhaps there could have been more action. Nevertheless I had an enjoyable time reading Farmhand.Side note: I’m still confused as to why Jed was under the ground all those years back, but Yeey first read of 2019! I quite liked this comic and I felt the story started off very strong. I like super natural things and that in combination with the art was what I liked most about this comic. I however started becoming less interested about halfway through the 4th issue. I’m not too sure as to why, but perhaps there could have been more action. Nevertheless I had an enjoyable time reading Farmhand.Side note: I’m still confused as to why Jed was under the ground all those years back, but I guess that will be revealed in later issues :)
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  • -RadioactiveBookworm-
    January 1, 1970
    If you just take a quick look at this book, you won’t think it contains the story that it does. In a cartoony style, the characters just seem like normal people. That is, until you learn that the father of the main characters is a genius. He created a kind of artificial life, using plant and human DNA to work together to grow ready to transplant, farm fresh organs, as well as limbs and anything else you could think of that you need.Check out my full review here!https://radioactivebookreviews.wor If you just take a quick look at this book, you won’t think it contains the story that it does. In a cartoony style, the characters just seem like normal people. That is, until you learn that the father of the main characters is a genius. He created a kind of artificial life, using plant and human DNA to work together to grow ready to transplant, farm fresh organs, as well as limbs and anything else you could think of that you need.Check out my full review here!https://radioactivebookreviews.wordpr...
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  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    After finishing John Layman & Guillory's Chew, I wondered if I'd ever read a comic quite so original again. But Guillory's Farmhand pulls it off. His art also still manages to convey horror and be funny simultaneously. That's hard enough to do well in movies, never mind in comics. If you're suffering from super hero fatigue (and I'm experiencing some major super hero fatigue), and you appreciate the work of, say, David Cronenberg, and of course, if you liked Chew, I strongly encourage you to After finishing John Layman & Guillory's Chew, I wondered if I'd ever read a comic quite so original again. But Guillory's Farmhand pulls it off. His art also still manages to convey horror and be funny simultaneously. That's hard enough to do well in movies, never mind in comics. If you're suffering from super hero fatigue (and I'm experiencing some major super hero fatigue), and you appreciate the work of, say, David Cronenberg, and of course, if you liked Chew, I strongly encourage you to check out Farmhand.
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  • Matt Miles
    January 1, 1970
    Farmhand pulls off that rare balance between dark comedy, horror, and family drama that results in the reader caring what happens next. Well done.
  • zackxdig
    January 1, 1970
    A farm that grows body parts. What more could there be in this crazy world.
  • Sean Goh
    January 1, 1970
    A fun series with amusing background scribblings to look out for. Lots of set up for the next arc, can't wait!
  • Groovy
    January 1, 1970
    pretty fun all the way through, although the minor humor deets give me nostalgic Jhonen Vasquez vibes. The ending's got me hooked and eager for the second arc.
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