Harvest has been working to up the ante in twisted gore filled horror, and issue #3 certainly keeps this book’s stock on the rise. Co-creators A.J. Lieberman and Colin Lorimer are spinning a unique tale about a rogue surgeon trying to regain his lost humanity. The third issue starts to bring the story full circle; we’ve seen the protagonist Ben Dane go from cracked out surgeon to under the table organ harvester, and now he is striving to become the unlikely hero.
WRITTEN BY: A.J. Lieberman
ART BY: Colin Lorimer
RELEASE: October 3rd
Last issue of “Harvest” developed Ben’s human side as he saw the damage that black market surgery can cause. This issue continues along this path as Ben tries to enact revenge on his former employer by doing what he does best: organ harvesting. However, there is no actual harvesting in this issue, which detracts from the dramatic plot structure.
This issue largely builds on the actions by delivering quite a few shoot outs. Ben’s protector/former patient aims to keep Ben alive as a favor for saving his life. One thing I really love about this book is the use of the creepy child, whose mother died on Ben’s table in the first issue. The child acts as a kind of hallucination for Ben but oddly is the sole source of comedic relief. In a story as dark as this, Lieberman is really showing his writing prowess by being able to bring in a few laughs.
The art in this book is as well done as past issues; Colin Lorimer creates very vivid images and odd “camera” angles set the mood of the book. Lorimer backgrounds are often as good, if not better, than his character work, and his attention to detail is admirable. “Harvest”, however, does lack extreme gore which the covers and title tend to suggest. As mentioned, Lieberman’s script doesn’t include any surgery, which does not allow Lorimer to deliver the gore that he’s been so good at in the first two issues. I hope Lorimer is able to show us what he can bring to the autopsy table next month as the series is running close to its end.
“Harvest” is a very fresh take on a theme that is rarely touched on in any artistic medium. Any horror fan should love this book for its creativity and art, though this issue lacks the gore that we have come to love from Lorimer the story is still as twisted as ever.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd