Review: Harvest #1 – Terrifyingly awesome!

harvest #1 cover

Issue: Harvest #1
Writer: A.J Lieberman
Pencils: Colin Lorimer
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 8/1/2012

Mature Readers
Human traffickers. Rogue medical teams. Yakuza run organ mills and a six year-old drug fiend. Welcome to Dr. Benjamin Dane’s nightmare. His only way out? Bring down the man who set him up by reclaiming organs already placed in some very powerful people. If Dexter, ER and 100 Bullets had a three-way and that mind-blowing tryst somehow resulted in a kid, that kid would read HARVEST. Medical Grade Revenge. TAG: New from the author of Cowboy Ninja Viking and Term Life!

Story: 9.5/10 • Artwork: 9.5/10 • Overall 9.5/10
What is better than awesome? Harvest #1 is a close as you get to a perfect ten! A.J. Lieberman interweaves three stories to a climax that makes the reader scream in anticipation for issue two. The main character is a drugged-out ex-surgeon, when you find yourself liking him you know Lieberman’s writing is good. The pace of the book is very solid with five pages that jump out at the reader and stir emotions straight to your core.

If Lieberman wrote a great book, Colin Lorimer took his vision to the next level. Three pages in Lorimer gives the reader a bone chilling splash page that will give me nightmares tonight. Harvest lends itself to blood and gore but Lorimer puts emotion behind each scene. He creates this emotion by the detail that he puts into every page. These little details are what make a great comic book artist. I read Harvest #1 three times and each time there was something new that I didn’t notice before.

Harvest #1 is guide to new writers on how to write a first issue. Smack the reader in the face three or four times and then give them a mind-blowing last page. Terrifyingly awesome!

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