Harrow County, Vol. 4: Family Tree

Harrow County, Vol. 4: Family Tree

Emmy believes she is one of a kind, that there is no one else in the world quite like her. As strangers arrive in Harrow County, though, she discovers just how wrong she is. Are these beings, each possessing strange and ghastly supernatural abilities, her family? Collect: Harrow County 13–16...

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Title:Harrow County, Vol. 4: Family Tree
Author:Cullen Bunn
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ISBN:1506701418
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:136 pages

Harrow County, Vol. 4: Family Tree Reviews

  • Paul
    Sep 15, 2016

    Harrow County is back on form with volume four, largely due to the original creative team being back but also because of the fantastic new characters they've introduced.

    In this volume, we meet Emmy's extended family, and they are a bunch of seriously creepy buggers! Assembled, they are a pantheon-like crew of all kinds of supernatural folks and they've come to welcome Emmy to the family. The only trouble is, that means she'll have to leave Harrow County behind, whether she likes it or not.

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    Harrow County is back on form with volume four, largely due to the original creative team being back but also because of the fantastic new characters they've introduced.

    In this volume, we meet Emmy's extended family, and they are a bunch of seriously creepy buggers! Assembled, they are a pantheon-like crew of all kinds of supernatural folks and they've come to welcome Emmy to the family. The only trouble is, that means she'll have to leave Harrow County behind, whether she likes it or not.

    I really enjoyed this book and hope to see it continue in this vein...

  • Artemiy Nizovtsev
    Sep 14, 2016

    Harrow county is back on track with Family Tree! Emmy meets her "true family", other people with the supernatural abilities. Of course, they didn't come to Harrow County just to drink tea and be friendly with her. It is a slower book than usual, but the story is good, especially the ending. Tyler Crook draws every issue in this volume, and do I even have to say it at this point? His art is gorgeous and one of the highlights of the whole series. I really enjoyed Tales of Harrow County, too, which

    Harrow county is back on track with Family Tree! Emmy meets her "true family", other people with the supernatural abilities. Of course, they didn't come to Harrow County just to drink tea and be friendly with her. It is a slower book than usual, but the story is good, especially the ending. Tyler Crook draws every issue in this volume, and do I even have to say it at this point? His art is gorgeous and one of the highlights of the whole series. I really enjoyed Tales of Harrow County, too, which this time around told one story in four parts, as opposed to different stories in every issue. It was an imaginative story, even if the ending was a bit underwhelming.

    Overall, a much stronger volume than the previous one. Can't wait to see what's next for this series!

  • Shadowdenizen
    Jan 27, 2017

    4.5 stars.

    Great title and hands down the strongest arc of the series so far.

  • Mike Mckeon
    Jan 27, 2017

    A truly haunting story. Every volume is better than the last the story comes in small doses leaving me feeling fulfilled and a little disturbed and on edge thinking about it for much much longer than it takes me to read it. The art ids a perfect match for the tone and mood of this horror story

  • Dylan
    Jan 30, 2017

    might have the best art of any graphic novel I've ever read. It's so good I'd buy these for the art alone - but the story is great too, so you get the best of both worlds.

    Some great two-page spreads and the usual saturated deep pages make this book a work of beauty.

  • Thomas
    Feb 05, 2017

    Snake Doctor left me feeling uncertain about the future of Harrow County. The continuing story of the series, and the slow reveal of all the characters, was what drew me to the story, so when I came across a collection that was made up of one-shots and a tangential two-part story, I felt like the series was veering off track. Luckily, I wasn't ready to give up on the series (I'm still reading Stephen King after The Tommyknockers, after all), and Family Tree brings the series back on the road.

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    Snake Doctor left me feeling uncertain about the future of Harrow County. The continuing story of the series, and the slow reveal of all the characters, was what drew me to the story, so when I came across a collection that was made up of one-shots and a tangential two-part story, I felt like the series was veering off track. Luckily, I wasn't ready to give up on the series (I'm still reading Stephen King after The Tommyknockers, after all), and Family Tree brings the series back on the road.

    In this volume, Emmy discovers the rest of her family. Yes, she learns more about her mother, but she also meets the rest of her supernatural family, when they arrive in Harrow County for a reunion of sorts. They reveal more of her origins and answer some of their questions about Hester, but of course they're there for more than just a Q&A session, and it's then that Emmy has to decide who her family really is.

    I'm still impressed with how Bunn and Crook pull off such a disturbing, atmospheric story. The art is certainly a large part of it (and if you're a behind-the-scenes person, you'll love the section at the end where Crook talks about how he creates the art for the covers and the issues), but the writing itself also adds to the creep factor of the story. Bunn knows how to elicit shivers without being graphic, and excels at using details that are just out of ordinary enough to make you feel uncomfortable. Together, the two create a perfect horror story, which is part of the reason I was so disappointed with the guest artists who featured in Snake Doctor.

    Another aspect of this arc I liked is how Bernice begins to come into her own as a character. Part of her story began in Snake Doctor, and it continues here, though only briefly. Given how she featured in the previous arc, and how her story is touched on here in this one, it seems evident that she'll be featured in a future story. She's beginning to be a formidable character of her own, and I look forward to seeing where the team will take her.

    If you were put off by Snake Doctor, rest assured that Family Tree brings the story back where it ought to be. I'd recommend this series to anyone who has a taste for horror, or just good stories (so long as they don't mind a lot of creep on the side). Harrow County delivers.

  • David Schaafsma
    Feb 11, 2017

    Described as a southern gothic fairy tale, Harrow County: Countless Haints, still has "harrowing" all about it. Or maybe has that harrowing back after a sidetrack in the last volume. In this one, Family Tree, Crooks and Bunn are back together again in full force. And the focus is back story. Who IS Emmy and why does she have the power to repel all these haints in the county? And why might there be so many haints in one southern county, anyway? The answers seem to lie in the fact that Emmy has a

    Described as a southern gothic fairy tale, Harrow County: Countless Haints, still has "harrowing" all about it. Or maybe has that harrowing back after a sidetrack in the last volume. In this one, Family Tree, Crooks and Bunn are back together again in full force. And the focus is back story. Who IS Emmy and why does she have the power to repel all these haints in the county? And why might there be so many haints in one southern county, anyway? The answers seem to lie in the fact that Emmy has a family, a creepy collection of a range of supernatural monsters who want to talk her into coming back into the fold.

    The main character is young Emmy, a teenaged girl whom the town figures is a reborn witch. Hester Beck (yes, the name recalls Hester Prynne, the girl unjustly treated by a Victorian town in The Scarlet Letter), described as a "healing woman" is hung, shot, and burned to death, but vows to come back. Is Emmy Hester? She looks quite a bit like her. We learn this information in the first volume, but in this volume we return to this speculation, and this issue is not entirely resolved.

    The finish of this volume is fairly conventional, but still pretty satisfying, I thought. I like how Berenice emerges in this volume, too.

    Tyler Crook’s art is the best thing about the series. Those watercolors! Awesome two-page spreads. Atmospheric, creepy, fun. And Crooks includes a pretty impressive appendix on the making of the volume, too.

  • Denise
    Feb 18, 2017

    This is so good, you guys. The artwork continues to be a beautiful watercolor style and the story just keeps improving. Emmy is growing older and wiser, her relationship with her county is growing, and we get more information on the world in general. I cannot wait for the next volume1

  • Mark Schlatter
    Feb 18, 2017

    After a disappointing third volume, this was a very welcome read. Bunn provides tons of fascinating backstory and a first rate empowerment tale to boot. (Mind you, it's not clear that empowering our protagonist is a good idea!) And Crook's character designs are first rate, as we get our first glimpses of Emmy's supernatural equals. Definitely geared up to read future volumes!

  • Kate
    Mar 14, 2017

    The stranger from issue #9 (or volume 3) is revealed, as is the back story of Hester Beck and Emmy's "mother". Emmy learns about the family of witches she never knew and must decide: does she chose this family, or the family and home she's always known?

    Hester reminds me so much of that girl from "The Ring." You never see her face, and she's always smiling creepily and covered in blood. I love how dark this series is, but Emmy is so good, setting her up against all the evil things. And the haints

    The stranger from issue #9 (or volume 3) is revealed, as is the back story of Hester Beck and Emmy's "mother". Emmy learns about the family of witches she never knew and must decide: does she chose this family, or the family and home she's always known?

    Hester reminds me so much of that girl from "The Ring." You never see her face, and she's always smiling creepily and covered in blood. I love how dark this series is, but Emmy is so good, setting her up against all the evil things. And the haints aren't the most evil things out there.