Created/Written/Drawn by Rob Guillory
Colors by Taylor Wells
Lettering/Logo by Kody Chamberlain
Farmhand Calendar Design by Burt Durand
I am so glad the guys at my comic book store recommended this to me. This will certainly be added to my pulls.
It’s such a unique story idea and to me, is actually plausible with the way things are going in the medical and pharmaceutical fields.
First, we start with a great prologue. It totally got my attention IMMEDIATELY. It’s a couple of kids, brother and sister, working on a farm in the chicken pen. Apparently, something got into the pen under the fencing and killed some chickens, so they are cleaning up the mess. Their father is supposedly out of town on business…yet we soon find out different.
While cleaning up the dead chickens, the boy, Zeke (Ezekiel), uncovers a human eye in the ground. Both Zeke and his sister, Andy (Andrea), scream. Zeke then uncovers the rest of the face, only to find that it’s their father. Let me explain.
Their father, Jedidiah Jenkins, is a career farmer, as was his father and his father before him. After a moment of “clarity” I guess you could say, Jed has the information needed to grow human organs as a product of certain stem cell research. The cell is described as “an intelligent cell that not only adapted to surrounding tissue, but seemed to instinctually know how tissue ought to be repaired”.
With this invention of genetic splicing of sorts, the family farm is now a human organ farm. Body part plants are all over the property. There are plants growing eyeballs, fingers, kidneys, arms and hands growing from trees…all like regular crops and fruits. The farm even gives tours of the property, explaining the science and work behind the new development, offering field trips for school children as well.
Now, we jump forward years later. Zeke left the farm years ago and now has a family of his own while his sister, Andy, has stayed with their father on the farm. They have made the decision to go back to the family farm to live, as Zeke seems to be out of work at the moment and they moved back home to save money until he can get something going financially.
So, Zeke, with his wife and kids, go to the farm to reunite with his father and sister and see what’s been happening since he left. They are completely shocked with the “body part” farm and are a little uneasy about it. Zeke’s daughter thinks it’s really awesome and Jed offers for her to help him around the land along with her brother. Zeke and his wife say they need to think about that.
During their tour, a kid from a school field trip tries to infiltrate the farm and steal samples. This kid, Mickey, works for SOMEONE trying to steal the information for the “Jedidiah Seed” and use it as a business opportunity. Jed says he’s using it to heal people and make them whole again. He maintains it’s the next step in medical treatment, basically.
This kid spy just happens to have a mechanical arm. Although we don’t find out how he lost his real arm and hand, Jed cuts one of the grown arms off of the arm tree and attaches it to Mickey. Mickey screams in pain. Jed has already attached a grown thumb to his own hand as part of his research…human trials.
Jed walks the kid back to the main (and non-restricted) area and sends him on his way.
Interestingly, the farm personnel have a term for this. It’s called a “Code Purple”.
Jed knows someone is trying to steal his work and use it for financial gain (Nooooo, who would do such a thing with such innovation??? Not in THIS country…insert eye roll here).
Then we cut to a completely different place where we see an FBI case report, a couple of government credentials (one of an older man and one looks like the spy kid), a blueprint of some sort and a cell phone with 35 missed calls. The next thing we see is a dead man that looks like the older man in the credentials, dead, a bullet to the head, the wound still smoking. The revolver is on the floor beside him. The last image we see is the spy kid, with a “green” arm and looking terrified.
Oh wow! What a great comic book. I am so excited for the rest of these. I believe it’s a five issue miniseries. It’s all kind of creepy. In the back of the issue the author explains a little about the eighteen-month journey that was embarked upon to create this series. I really think he did a fabulous job with the whole thing.
I love the story idea. It seems so Hollywood to me (back in the days where Hollywood was still coming up with original and fresh ideas for movies). I think the artwork is unique and very well done. But, it’s really the writing of the story that gets me in this series so far. However, the artwork certainly does a superb job of bringing the story more life.
This was just released on the 11thof this month. So, it will be a while before the next issue which is the first week of August. But, the good news is it’s already been added to my pulls so I am guaranteed to get the rest of them…unless they stop printing for some reason.
Also, I was informed that Rob Guillory also wrote the CHEW series…which I picked up Volume One at the comic book store yesterday. I am really looking forward to reading that as well.
I highly recommend this comic book to anyone who likes the weird sci-fi type stuff.