Harvest #3

by deerinthexenonarclights

Harvest is a five issue mini-series and to help push this fact Colin Lorimer designed a quintych for the covers, an image spread across all five parts. With this third issue we hit the central piece of the picture – quite literally it’s heart – but the comic contained in this cover is not as central as that would suggest. In terms of chronology it is the first issue to run straight through without skipping sequence – beginning where the second issue ended and ending where the first began – but its content consists mostly of connective tissue; it’s an issue spent stitching up past incisions and tying together loose ends before the big action of the finale begins.

That said introduces a few new threads to the tale too, but these are lightweight and dissolvable in comparison to what came before. The new characters -or old cameo’s given newfound focus – are all cops and gangsters so their scenes are strongly centered around gunplay and shootout’s. Lorimer lines this kind of action well, his panels are frenetic and have a strong simplicity to them thanks to Lieberman willingness to get out of the way. These scenes of fighting then are fine thanks to the style that they bring, but they’re still sort of frivolous in comparison to what came before; a well needed break after two straight stories that strike you down with their complexity.

Honestly because of this fact I’m finding it hard to think of anything else to say about the issue. It’s the most fun and the least frightening of all the issues so far, which is good for all those people who were struggling to get through the series, and Lorimer adds an interesting new layer to the underlying mystery by drawing both Ben and the kid much more similarly here than he ever has before ; he even has him wear a red hoodie that hints at the cape. What this means though I honestly don’t know, the subtle subtext of the series is something that we’ll just have to wait and see the answers for.

In a story, unlike a person, it is the extremities that matter most; how you begin determines who will read and for how long and how you end effects the impact that the story will have on them as a whole, what the moral, message or meaning is. So in a way using the core to tie together all the crazy concepts and plot-lines piloted in the initial issues is a very solid plan; now to see if Lieberman and Lorimer can stick the landing, can close the comic up without anything left inside.