"Fruiting Bodies," is the latest comic from Ashely Robin Franklin. I was a big fan of, "One Million Tiny Fires," with its eerie story and, "Fruiting Bodies," is even scarier and at times pretty grotesque with some impressive body horror. The comic follows Frances as hitches a ride to the Pacific Northwest with her brother, Charlie, and his best friend, Trent. Frances is on her way to live with a new girlfriend and the guys are eager for a trip. Then everyone gets lost in the woods and all kinds of creepy stuff happens. I don't want to spoil what the group encounters in the forest, but it definitely impacts the physiology of all who encounter it.
Franklin illustrates all kinds of weird morphology expertly in the comic, making things delightfully gross and horrifying. As the comic proceeds the terror ratchets up and I was pleased with how spooky the whole comic was. Franklin excels are making scary comics--and comics in general. I loved, "Fruiting Bodies," and eagerly give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is in stores this week and I'd highly recommend giving it a read! You can ask your comic shop to get you a copy or buy it directly from the publisher, Silver Sprocket.