Comic Review: HARVEST #1

PrintE-mail Written by Melissa Grey

Harvest #1 Review

Comic Review: Harvest #1 / Writer: AJ Lieberman / Art: Colin Lorimer / Publisher: Image Comics / Release Date: Out Now

We had high hopes for Image Comics’ new five issue mini-series Harvest, but writer AJ Lieberman unfortunately falls somewhat short of them, at least with the title’s inaugural issue. Harvest #1 contains all the raw material necessary to make a truly spectacular comic, but that potential remains untapped by the book’s end, leaving the reader with a formulaic narrative and the hope that the next issue will be better.

As harsh as that criticism may be, it is worth noting that first issues for original comics – ones that don’t involve legacy characters with decades of publishing history to back them up – can be tough. With Harvest #1, Lieberman struggles to balance setting up a plot and introducing his central characters with crafting an imaginative story.

The book starts off with a nondescript hooded man walking into a corner store and buying every bag of ice in stock as well as the grocer’s hand truck, which he then wheels to a boarded up, seemingly abandoned warehouse. Inside, we find a makeshift, questionably sanitary operating room. Whatever happens in this room, it’s not covered by your basic insurance plan.

The story jumps from this suitably creepy introduction to the black market organ harvest to a tableau of suburban normalcy. As a harried mother packs lunches for her children to take to school, an air of foreboding invades the routine and their happiness is all the more ominous for how out of place it is. Harvest #1 is no place for children and it’s hardly surprising when this happy family meets with a less than happy end.

Once the surgeon we saw earlier meets his own predictably gruesome fate, we’re finally introduced to the series’ protagonist, Dane, a pill-popping, booze-swigging, prostitute-loving doctor who, in another predictable turn of events, loses his medical license. Hard up for cash, Dane is easy prey for the shady characters looking to recruit him for their organ harvesting business. Dane himself is something of an anti-hero, but his loathsome qualities are so generic that it’s hard to muster anything more than the mildest interest in his storyline.

Artist Colin Lorimer is the book’s real hero and his work brings a sophisticated grittiness to the proceedings. Hopefully, now that those pesky details like character introduction and plot foundation are out of the way, September’s Harvest #2 will tap into the potential Lieberman hints at in this first installment.



Suggested Articles:
The legend of Sir Bevis of Hampton is a story from British medieval mythology which has somehow fall
Billed as ‘A Doctor Who Comics Event’, Supremacy of the Cybermen, a five-issue mini-series from
Julia Davenport has a problem in her sex life – whenever she orgasms, she releases a mysterious de
Melanie is a shy, insecure and put-upon teenager who would most likely have remained that way were i
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

BLOOD AND VALOUR 20 March 2017

DOCTOR WHO – SUPREMACY OF THE CYBERMEN 17 March 2017

OFF GIRL #1 04 March 2017

WRAITHBORN VOLUME 1 27 February 2017

MY SO-CALLED SECRET IDENTITY VOL. 2 26 February 2017

THE BIG COMIC CON 24 February 2017

ROYAL DESCENT #4 14 February 2017

BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 08 February 2017

ROBYN (ISSUE ONE) 07 February 2017

BRETHREN BORN ISSUES 1 & 2 06 February 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner