COMIC PREVIEW: The Field

Image Comics are known for the fact that they are willing to take a chance on the weird and wonderful (just take a peek at titles like Chew, Saga and Spawn to see what I mean). Their newest graphic novel, The Field, promises to deliver on the weird, with a healthy dose of terror besides:

A man wakes up in a field, wearing only his underwear, with no memory, no identity, and no idea what to do. A cell phone beside him buzzes with a message. A single word: “Run.” A deadly cat-and-mouse story ensues in THE FIELD, a graphic novel by Ed Brisson (SHELTERED, COMEBACK) and Simon Roy (PROPHET), out from Image Comics this October.

The man falls into the grips of a Bible salesman on a meth-fueled murder spree in a small town where the rules of civilization seem not to apply. Pursued by a biker gang bent on revenge and a group of cosplayers out to save the world, the man begins to wonder — Is Christian the Bible salesman really his only hope for survival?

Writer Brisson has cited 1980s B-movies like Repo Man as an inspiration for THE FIELD, but the germ of a story came to him as a Twitter prank in after a friend jokingly declared Brisson missing after a night at a bar.

“I just started tweeting about how I’d woken up in a wheat field naked and in the middle of Saskatchewan,” Brisson said in an interview with Multiversity Comics. “And I just tweeted about all this crazy sh*t that was happening to me, how I had this cellphone and people kept calling me on the cellphone and threatening me and sending me text messages that my life was in danger. Then I got picked up by this guy who brought me on a crime spree.”

After reassuring his friends and family that he was not really in danger, Brisson realized he had a story and that Simon Roy would be the perfect artist for it. Roy is the lead artist and co-writer on the surreal re-imagining of Rob Liefeld’s PROPHET with Brandon Graham. Besides a keen eye for the bizarre, Roy brings a loose style that captures the Lynchian atmosphere of the world of THE FIELD.

I don’t know about you but that definitely sounds worth casting an eye over (is it weird that I’m more intrigued knowing that the idea came from a Twitter prank?) The Field is due out in comic shops on 15th October and book stores from 28th October.
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Source: Image Comics
GS Blogger: Stacey Taylor (@StacebobT)

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