Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: A.J. Lieberman
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Release Date: 08/2012-01/2013
There have been many stories about organ harvesting as it is a huge market and also highly illegal. What I like about Harvest is not just the idea of organ harvesting but the comic explains how it also works business-wise which is really interesting to me. The comic follows a typical catch-up type story; we start out at the end of the story and it goes back and plays everything forward. The characters are quite striking and memorable, especially Ben Drane who loses his medical license and falls into near homelessness. The comic is only five issues so it can’t mess around with a lot of backstories, and the desperation of all the characters really hits home.
The art style is also really nice and shows a dark dingy atmosphere that suits working in the black market for mafia bosses. One thing I would have liked to see more is more gore and up-close surgeries. There are a few but they are only one or two panels long and could have really driven the suspense meter up with more. What we do have is a fast-paced comic that is perfectly balanced and has a nice beginning middle and end that is quite satisfying. Of course, there’s a cliffhanger ending, or is it? We never really know, but there’s also one aspect of this comic that never gets explained. Ben sees a little boy and girl a lot and is obviously hallucinating them, but are they him as a kid? Is the girl his sister? We never know and it’s never explained, but maybe that’s a good thing?
Overall, Harvest is a great insight into the black market of organ sales, but a little more gore could have helped this comic a long way. What we have here is nothing really memorable, but something that makes you think at the end and even makes you appreciate your own life a little more.