After an outstanding premier issue, Harvest is back to continue exploring the seedy black market organ transplant industry, and by the looks of it, the industry is quite nasty. Though this issue lacks excessive amounts of graphic operations that its predecessor provided, it advances the plot with a few twists and turns along the way to set up a big third issue. The co-creators A.J. Lieberman and Colin Lorimer are pulling out all the stops in this dramatic horror melange.
WRITTEN BY: A.J. Lieberman
ART BY: Colin Lorimer
RELEASE: September 5th, 2012
Starting off right where “Harvest” #1 left us, Dr. Benjamin Dane’s wastes no time getting his hands dirty as an underground surgeon. Ben is given a quick run down on how this whole black market world works, simultaneously informing the reader. The dark world grows constantly as events unfold, like the brokering of an organ donation deal, or Ben being shown where his “practice” is. As the doctor becomes more involved, we begin to see the human side of him that wasn’t present in the previous issue. He finally feels some real moral objections to his actions, which lead him to a fiery breaking point.
At only issue #2 Lieberman delivers a full 180 degree plot turn, showing that the first two issues have only skimmed the surface “Harvest”. If you remember from the first issue, it begins with Ben at the operating table talking about how he wants “everyone to see” what he’s doing. That flash forward comes to the front as this issue comes to an end, tying it all up nicely.
A very intriguing touch that seems will be a reoccurring theme of this book is the return of the son of the woman who died on the surgical table due to Dr. Danes drug problems. This boy is nothing but a manifestation of the doctor’s subconscious, but it goes to show that he may not be mentally checked in, which allows us as readers to empathize, at least a bit, for this man.
The art is just as clear and concise as the first issue, but issue #2 lacks the stylish amount of blood and gore. The images themselves seem very clear at first glance but upon a deeper inspection you can see a certain grittiness that bring you into the seedy underworld. This issue shows more of the world, letting the creative talent of Colin Lorimer take off on its own. Lormier really shines in the final few page of the issue when all goes to hell.
“Harvest” has me hook, line and sinker. This is shaping up to be one of the year’s most refreshing horror stories.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd