In It Eats What Feeds It #3, Kenny comes face to face with Francois’ secret, and it’s big, it’s ugly and it’s hungry for meat…of the human variety! Can our terrific twosome escape? Find out in your next mighty Major Spoilers review!
Writers: Max Hoven & Aaron Crow
Artist: Gabriel Iumazark
Editor: Charlie Stickney
Publisher: Scout Comics and Entertainment
Release Date: October 28th, 2020
Previously in It Eats What Feeds It: Keeny is a young man, feeling his oats, who takes on a job caretaking at a mansion deep in the bayou, for a stunningly beautiful, yet mysterious woman, Francois. Everything seems to be going well, if you discount the odd bloodstains in the kitchen. And whatever it is Francois gets up to in the fog shrouded swamps. Yessiree, things are pretty good…until they’re not.
It Eats What Feeds It #3 is a lusciously illustrated, though sparsely told tale of mystery and horror, set in the Louisiana Bayou. After the oddness of the opening issues, the lead character, the mysterious Francois, relates to Kenny, her new caretaker, her past.
Francois tale of exploitation and revenge, isn’t a million miles away from similar stories you’ve all read about a woman done wrong, who managed to turn the tables and seek satisfaction. What It Eats What Feeds It #3 demonstrates that even when you get yours, the method by which to achieve it can leave a permanent mark, and require further sacrifices on your part that make your previous existence seem good by comparison.
A lot of the heavy lifting of this issue is Gabriel Iumazark’s stunning artwork and coloring. As you would expect with the settings, there’s an emphasis on browns and greens, very washed out, that helps recreate the bayou in which the story takes place. There is a fecund sense to the surroundings; you can hear the water lapping on the boat, smell the green rot thick in the air, feel the warm, moisture laden breeze caress the sweat stained skin of the characters. His line work is impeccable, creating some startling imagery. Images of characters in pain or being tortured will haunt you, as their lines of agony are deeply etched into his illustrations.
I was less taken with the writing, though it was still strong. There’s nothing new in Francois’ initial predicament, though you could rightly argue that the exploitation of women follows the same ugly downward spiral. Kenny’s reactions are predictable, but at least honestly come by. Really, the strength in the writing comes from the world Max Hoven and Aaron Crow create. The bayou is a place of mystery, lingering shadows and grotesques most of us urbanites would have difficulty understanding or comprehending. What Francois calls her curse is effectively realised. And while I’ve praised the art, it doesn’t exist without the plot and setting framework both writers have created. Overall, while I might’ve wanted more from the writing, there’s enough good in it to make this an issue worth purchasing.
BOTTOM LINE: LOOKING GOOD
It Eats What Feeds It #3 is a sparsely told tale distinguished by artwork of rare power and beauty, but which doesn’t really go anywhere interesting in its storytelling. That said, there is an air of mystery about that that hopefully will lead to a powerful climax.
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It Eats What Feeds It #3
Tantalizing mystery and a weird, off-kilter setting come together with the help of stunning visuals to make It Eats What Feeds It #3 worth checking out. The creators have created a compelling setting, filled with interesting, if odd characters, set against a backdrop of monsters will an insatiable hunger for human flesh.