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Harrow County, Vol. 3: Snake Doctor

(Harrow County #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,118 ratings  ·  142 reviews
The Skinless Boy seeks to understand the mysteries of his past, Emmy investigates a haunted house, and a malevolent serpent sows madness and malice in the minds of the Holler’s residents.

Collecting: Harrow County 9–12
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Dark Horse Comics (first published September 27th 2016)
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I think the first thing I should mention is that I haven't been able to read volume 2 of Harrow county yet. Apparently, something happened to my library's copy, so after a few months of waiting...? Yeah, I just decided to go ahead and read this anyway.


But even without having read the previous storyline, I still thought this was pretty cool. The issues seem somewhat self-contained, even if they're interconnected as a whole. I'm sure I missed out on quite a bit doing it the way I did, but it reall
Jan Philipzig
Cullen Bunn’s wonderfully imaginative southern-fried horror series continues. This volume's centerpiece is a creepy two-parter about a witch and her poisonous snakes, beautifully illustrated by regular artist Tyler Crook. It is one of the most haunting story arcs so far, and it comes book-ended by two one-shots, both illustrated by guest artists. The first one, centered on the skinless boy’s encounter with a mysterious stranger, is also very good; the second one, about a haunted house, a bit wea ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A series of smaller stories, 2 of which feature guest artists. The first story is about the skinless boy and a mysterious stranger who appears to be a threat to Emmy. Then we get a 2 parter focusing on Bernice where she meets a snake charmer so to speak, which leads into a larger story later. Finally, Emmy takes on a haunted house. I like how the townspeople are realizing Emmy is a good person and warming up to her.
Paul E. Morph
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This volume collects a two-part story by the regular creative team bookended by two one-shot stories illustrated by guest artists. Unfortunately, neither of the guest artists are up to Tyler Crook's standard and it makes this volume feel a bit like filler material.

It's a shame, because the two-parter in the middle is excellent and the one-shots aren't bad stories in themselves. I just couldn't get past the feeling the book was killing time until they could get back to the main story.
David Schaafsma
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-horror
This third volume of a "southern gothic fairy tale" is maybe a tad less good than the first two volumes, overall, but the Bunn-Crook team does the middle two issues and these two are just about the best work they have done on this series. Tyler Crook just keeps getting better and better on this one. Hannah Christenson and Carla Speed McNeil book-end those two issues with good work, without question, but for this volume it sort of pales next to the artwork of Crooks. And the middle issues tale se ...more
L. McCoy
This story is sure building up!

What is it about?
There’s some weird things happening in Harrow County, mostly involving snakes.

The stories are pretty interesting. It’s definitely building up which I like. I enjoyed getting more history of the county here.
Most of the art is awesome and works very well for the tone and creepiness of this book.
The characters are very interesting and well written.
The horror is so well done! It actually scared me because of the theme... snakes! F*** snakes, I can
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Very disjointed. And the final issue with the guest artist totally sucks @$$ - I think I drew better at 8. (Yeah I know, everyone says that.) I hope this story has a focus again - and the original artist, Tyler Crook! Because it's kinda becoming very bland and meh.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
The third volume of the Harrow County tales isn't quite as good as the first two volumes.

It starts out well. The first story is well done and creepy. The stories about Bernice and the young kid Clinton are of a slightly lower quality. The final story with Emmy was the weakest of all. The art quality had really gone downhill by the last story.

Still the first few stories, while not of the caliber of Vol 1&2, are pretty good. The artwork seems to be going downhill, with the culmination of its

In volume 3, the story of Harrow County shifts focus slightly to Emmy’s childhood friend, Bernice. After the discovery that she herself was part of the sordid history of Harrow County, Bernice struggles with how to understand her place in it and how to be friends with someone who has the kind dark power (whether she uses it or not) that Emmy does. While trying to find a lost friend, Bernice stumbles upon the path to the house of a woman rumored to be a dangerous witch and finds herself entangle
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, dark-horse
I still quite like Harrow County, but the third volume was definitely the weakest. There is no big arc this time, instead there are three smaller, one-off stories in this one. And all three are quite meh. Two out of four issues were drawn by guest artists instead of Tyler Crook, which was also a bit of a disappointment.
My favourite parts of this arc were still the great one-pagers "Tales of Harrow County", which I am still not sure if they're even included in trades. I just love those little cr
James DeSantis
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Harrow County continues it's dark and moody adventure but this time we take a little side step into smaller, self contained stories.

This is where we learn of the evil that might be plotting against our hero witch. It actually centers on Skinless Boy running around while the mysterious man tries to either trick him or force him to turn. Then we have another story about the Snake Lady! It's almost fairy tale like and the ending gives a character more meaning. The last issue really focuses on Emmy
Family is falling out of the rotten woodwork!

I think this is what happens when you win the lottery, which Emmy kindasorta did in a long stretch of a way, I suppose.

But can this guy be trusted? And what about Emmy's BFF? What's going on with her?
And who is real? It's so hard to tell.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 estrellas.

Hasta ahora mi menos favorito de los volúmenes que he leído... lo cual no quiere decir que sea malo, sólo que los anteriores eran MUY buenos.

La historia le quita el foco a Emmy y se dirige hacia su querida amiga Bernice. A través de lo que ella está viviendo, se incorporan elementos interesantes que siguen creando ese ambiente de gótico sureño tan característico de este cómic. Por ejemplo, aparecerá otra bruja que vive apartada de todos, en una cabaña y en torno a la cual se escuc
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
In v3 we abandon a central story arc for a small collection of short stories. Definitely my third favorite of the three volumes so far.

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Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I keep waiting for this one to break through to the heights of Bunn's work on The Sixth Gun, but it just never quite gets there, at least until the 2-part story arc focused on Emmy's friend Bernice and the witchy-woman Lady Lovey. Wow, was that good, from the folkloric aspects of the story to the lovingly-rendered art by Tyler Crook. Unfortunately, this is book-ended by two very lesser stories, each with a different guest artist. Hannah Christenson's work on the haunted house one-off is definite ...more
Dennis Jacob Rosenfeld
I rated this TPB lower than the two first not due to the story, but the use of other artists and a style that greatly clashes with Tyler Crook's. I really love Crook's take on the characters and the sudden change after so long had a jarring effect and really hurt the book.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Would have been five stars, but issue four was weak. The art was just not as engrossing or as evocative of the era as the other issues. And episodically, the story in issue four was also the weakest.
Opinião para os volumes #1, #2, #3 e #4 de Harrow County.

Assim que recebi por parte da G-Floy Studio as bandas desenhadas não perdi qualquer tempo a ler. Tinha especial interesse em ler Harrow County, já viram muitas opiniões positivas e a arte da banda desenhada deixava-me deveras curiosa com a sua história. Assim como esperava, o desenho foi impressionante ao vivo, adorei ainda mais o facto de no final de cada volume ter alguns esboços, foi engraçado ver como tudo foi realizado.

Relativamente a
Camilo Guerra
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
La serie continua..pasan cosas, la historia crece y los secundarios marcan una importancia vital en la serie. Bernice se convierte en una ayudante y aprendiz de una mujer que caza serpientes, que además nos da unas paginas simplemente increibles donde Crook se desata y nos hace erizar la piel, mientras que tenemos un numero dedicado al chico sin piel, que además es la portada del tomo, y es algo muy triste, sensible ,que es una lastima que no haya sido dibujada por Tyler. ¡veremos adelante a el ...more
Very uneven, felt like filler, and Hannah Christenson's art in issue #12 was way too rough around the edges (almost juvenile). Turns out, I enjoyed the one-offs the most (the butcher one was particularly good, and I'm going to check out if the artist has more work available). Loving the idea of mini ghost stories at the end of each issue.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it

Continues to be good and fun to read. Amazing artwork by Mr. Crook as always! \o/
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This may be a controversial opinion but I actually quite liked the guest artists (preferred the last story to the first tho) and the one short stories. I much preferred it to the last volume about Emmy's sister. Obviously Tyler Crook's art is the main reason I love this series but it was cool to see some adventures in the town. I am very curious to learn more about this whole snake witch business and I hope that Bernice becomes the new snake witch!
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, comics, horror, 2018
Unlike the previous two volumes, Countless Haints and Twice Told , this third volume of Harrow County does not contain another four-part arc, but rather three separate stories.

First out is a story about Emmy's familiar, the skinless haint, and how he meets with a psychopomp who tests his faithfulness to Emmy in a manner of speaking. For this story, writer Cullen Bunn has teamed up with artist Carla Speed McNeil, whose work on the Queen and Country arc Operation: Stormfront (found in the secon
Jessica T.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, it-s-a-series
This is a solid horror comic. It's super creepy and the art is fantastic.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review (plus V2 & V4) can also be found on my blog:

In this volume we get some stand alone stories that do some world building for Harrow County. But I most enjoyed the middle story that centered on the appealing Bernice. It turns out Emmy doesn’t have the corner on magic, and Bernice becomes an apprentice of sorts to a snake handling witch who hunts out snakes that are manifestations of evil. This should lead to Bernice being more of a partner to
Jamie Connolly
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
It’s good but not as good as the previous two. Single issue story arcs that didn’t really touch on the bigger arc playing out in harrow county. But the stories did add to the ambiance of Emmy and the rest of the goings on in harrow county. So i guess it did add a bit in that respect. Overall it’s great story that I’ll definitely finish to the end. 3 stars.
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I got a glimpse of the endgame.
Tar Buendía
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Bien a secas.

En general la última grapa no me ha gustado. Ni el dibujo, ni el color ni el guión. La primera, aunque me gusta más Tyler Crook, es algo más de mi estilo.

Las dos grapas entre medias, con su artista principal, me han resultado más redondas. La trama ha avanzado y me ha gustado el giro.
Liz Hoffman
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great collection!
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another winning entry in the Harrow County series-great stories and artwork! I especially liked Bernice's story in this book, and I'm looking forward to seeing her arc in future volumes.
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Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. His noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. In addition to The Sixth Gun, his current projects include Crooked Hills, a middle reader horror prose se ...more

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Harrow County (8 books)
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