Written by A.J. Lieberman. Drawn by Colin Lorimer.
Image Comics & Shadowline has given us another “bad” doctor: Dr. Ben Dane’s current, and only, job is to heal the sick of the underground. Ben is broken and prone to snorting crack and lounging with prostitutes. There’s the implication that he’s a good surgeon, but I don’t recall him bringing anyone back to health this issue.
But Harvest isn’t a “doctor cures disease of the month” serial. Harvest is about the pressures and stress that goes along with being the go-to medical guy for shadier folks. Dr. Dane’s priorities are always screwed up. They’re screwed up so much that he’s bleeding buckets out of his nose when he’s supposed to save a woman suffering a car accident. Ben has a major drug habit before and after the incident. But a man named Craven seeks him to be the underground’s surgeon anyway.
The presence of Ben’s family shows how he’s losing touch with reality. The final page contains a very provocative image that suggests a hallucination. This first issue doesn’t tell how competent Ben is. The next issue will likely put him to the test. However, I expect Ben to keep stumbling.
Lorimer does fine noirish art. Lieberman provides the initial part of the process where Ben may regain some dignity or lose himself. Readers searching for dark character-based dramas may find this to be a productive Harvest.