Burning Fields #1

Burning Fields #1

Writer: Tim Daniel, Michael Moreci Artist: Colin Lorimer Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: January 21, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 4
8.4Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Dana Atkinson, a dishonorably discharged army investigator, is pulled back to the Middle East when a group of American oil technicians disappear under bizarre circumstances. With the help of an Iraqi investigator, what Dana discovers is unimaginable: a series of unusual incidents at the drill site lead her and her unlikely ally to discover a mythic evil that has been released, one that threatens both the lives of the entire region and the fragile peace that exists.

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Jan 19, 2015

    Homeland meets Se7en in this gorgeously illustrated, tightly scripted horror drama. Lorimer is on top of his game, Tim Daniel adds his distinctive flavour, and well 2015 may very well be poised to become the Year of Moreci, given his impressive body of work that seems to be growing week by week. Perhaps the most exciting thing to take away from this first issue is that there are seven more still to come, and this stunning opening chapter kicks off a story that Im going to be watching with tremendous interest as it develops. Simply put, Burning Fields looks all-but-guaranteed to become yet another creator owned success from the fine folks at BOOM! Studios, and is a series I honestly can't recommend highly enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Jan 22, 2015

    Burning Fields has a few more moving parts than the creative team's previous project, Curse, but the strong character development is the same. These are people that you can instantly identify with. You'll find yourself wondering what you would do in a similar situation. They're underdogs and they're about to come into contact with something dark and evil. The bulk of the issue is spent giving you an idea of who these characters are, with some strong indications of the horror that is lurking just below the surface. This is an impressive first issue that hits the ground running with blood-curdling imagery. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Enrique Rea Jan 21, 2015

    The Burning Fields could have been a great political thriller or a gory horror story or a dark police procedural. Instead it chose to be all of them and thank goodness it did. It's written with urgency and style that is gritty and hard-boiled that propels the storytelling. Rarely is the dialogue as compelling as the action in a comic but this was one nails it. The only bad thing to say about the series is that it ends in eight issues. So get off your ass and buy it today! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Bettendorf Jan 20, 2015

    Moreci and Daniel have a gift for pacing stories, especially ones dense with ideas. There are multiple threads opened up in Burning Fields that help carry the story forward and set suspense without giving away too much information. Its a way of keeping us on our toes and interested without coming off as digressions that make the story drag along. The issue concludes with a thrilling reveal that serves as a solid hook for the series. This series has limitless potential between the number of personalities represented and the mesh of two cultures with a long political history. With a book rooted with so much horror and ugliness, its hard to believe it could be this beautiful. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Nate Tieman Jan 25, 2015

    If the publisher's notes are to be believed, Burning Fields is going to be quite the ride. Hopefully the story won't wildly deviate from the noir feel created in this issue, because Burning Fields is definitely one of the most intriguing crime/horror/mystery titles I've read in some time. Let's just pray that the promo lines for next month's issue don't spoil any more of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Capeless Crusader - Nathan Brown Jan 27, 2015

    "Burning Fields #1" draws you in right off the hop, but prepare your stomachs for some blood-curdling imagery. The characters draw you in and make you wonder about their pasts, and what will happen with the tension between them throughout the book. Definitely a geopolitical drama story, with a mix of a mystery, murder and horror, the book keeps your mind racing the more you read as you try to figure out whats going on in Iraq. Burning Fields is a great book to pick up for those interested in a gritty, horror story that will pull you in right off the hop. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Jan 14, 2015

    Burning Fields is off to a great start from a talented team that deserves some recognition. Check it out if you like action, political thrills, and a sinking feeling in your stomach. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Jan 19, 2015

    With Burning Fields #1, you get a thought-provoking tale of global politics with a heavy dose of extra evil, intricately wound together in a well-executed story, wrapped in a gorgeous artistic showing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 21, 2015

    “Burning Fields” #1 is an excellent debut from a team that's already done great work together. This may top “Curse”, which is saying quite a lot. The story is relevant, finely crafted and an absolute must read for all comic fans. Don't wait till this is sold out to buy it. Get it now and get behind what's going to be a dark and gripping story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jan 21, 2015

    This series is a little bit under the radar but it shouldnt be. Once again proving that a lot of the smaller publishers have the mettle to play with the bigger companies, the story here is engaging and immersive. Its main character is never really at ease being back in the war torn country, but then so too the reader shouldnt be easy reading it. At this stage it is hard to see exactly where this story is headed, whether that be towards a techno-thriller or supernatural gore, but with the strong introduction to the characters and the setting, there is little more to ask for here. In what is an otherwise slower week across the medium, comic fans might want to give this one a look as it looks to be a cut above the usual. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell Jan 22, 2015

    Burning Fields‘s debut provides a very strong opening to a series with a lot of potential. Moreci and Daniel have put together a very well structured issue that immediately captures your interest and eliminates any dull introductory monologues. The story blends a classic horror plot with a modern setting and appeals to any fan of political, detective, or horror genres. I can't say enough about Lorimer who does an excellent job illustrating and capturing the tension of each situation the characters are thrust into. His artistic style fits really well with the nature of the comic and the panel-placement itself is really impressive. This is definitely a series to add to your list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Aaron Clutter Jan 25, 2015

    I have really enjoyed Moreci's writing on this one and partnering with Tim Daniel on this project seems to work very well. The artwork is perfect and gritty for this type of tale and the splashes of color really make some of the scenes. Colin Lorimer and Joana Lafuente create the perfect canvas for this story. Overall, this book is worth picking up and I am excited to see how the story flows from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jan 26, 2015

    BOOM! looks to have a hit on their hands with Burning Fields. It's an eight issue series that looks to tackle subjects that are both realistic and timely, as well as horror and evil that's ancient and otherworldly. Burning Fields combines a solid creative team with subject matter that covers a wide range of genres. This first issue surprises in a lot of different ways and I can't wait to read more! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Jan 22, 2015

    "Burning Fields" #1 is a comic that I am very surprised is actually a comic. It's the kind of story I'd have thought would become a screenplay for film or TV, but with the talent on display here, I am equally glad it did become a comic. Michael Moerci and Tim Daniel make an excellent writing pair and are very conscious in their writing of not only the story they are telling, but also the real world context that informs that story. What could have potentially hit insensitive pitfalls instead soars because of a tightly written script and deftly written characters from writers that are socially conscious and aware of what they are saying. Backing them up is an art team that makes creating tension in a comic look easy. Lorimer's artwork is no frills, equally brutal and simple when it needs to be and coloured hauntingly by Joana Lafuente. "Burning Fields" #1 is for anyone wanting a no holds barred examination of a complex real world situation, proving that comics rea Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jan 20, 2015

    Seven issues to go. The first one makes sure you're paying attention. I can't guess what's coming next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 21, 2015

    Colin Lorimer also aids in providing this consistent tone, his heavy shadows and etched faces proving a good fit for the book's escalating subject matter. The former Curse vet is clearly comfortable in his new surroundings, his layouts and backdrops impressive in their vision. His character detail can read a bit sparser in comparison, but he makes up for it in pure gritty tone, as exemplified by his wince worthy opening and equally unnerving climax. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jan 20, 2015

    This book looks to not pull any punches. People who like bleak, chilling stories or liked Curse should definitely pick this up. The audience will be left with some haunting images and thoughts, which will no doubt influence the desire for issue two. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Jan 20, 2015

    BURNING FIELDS is an 8 part mini series that started off really well. I enjoyed the story in this issue and am really excited to read the next issue in this series. The characters are very well written and the whodunnit aspect of the mystery is keeping me on my toes. This is not your typical murder mystery. This story takes place in a very controversial setting and after reading the first few pages, I was sure that this book would tread on the line. I love stories that make you think about the world we live in. Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel have a very well constructed story with fantasitc art byColin Lorimer and Joana Lafuente. I recommend this book to pick up. This story may be too realistic for some, but this is what makes this book a great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Eric Switzer Jan 21, 2015

    "Burning Fields" strikes me as an intriguing thriller, with strong elements of body horror, that will not be playing into the myth of the "American Hero in a Savage Land". I wish that there weren't as many loose ends throughout the first issue, the number of missing pieces makes me feel somewhat overwhelmed up until that reveal on the last page. I'm not putting a ton of social responsibility on "Burning Fields", I've gotten burned* with those expectations in the past, but I am very much looking forward to the mystery, drama, and horror that will ensue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 21, 2015

    "Burning Fields" #1 launches the series with a mystery and a bang, but Moreci, Daniel and Lorimer are clearly not going to just coast with what they give readers in this issue. The cast is in place, the mystery is bubbling and bodies are piling up. This has the makings of a solid thriller, easy on the exposition and heavy on the uncomfortable moments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Jan 23, 2015

    With Burning Fields, that element remains;this time grounded overseas in the remnants of the Iraq War and occupation. In that respect,Burning Fields very much attemptsto make a statement. It presents us a world where the only law is that of a gun, the real authorities are held hostage by unaccountable mercenaries, those agencies who are meant to construct infrastructure only drain the land for its resources. And the only real hope for justice anyone has comes from those broken and unattached enough to think they can get it, a chilling vision in this opening chapter. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jan 21, 2015

    Burning Fields #1 is an intense horror/thriller that hits hard and never stops attacking. The comic bleeds intensity and for those who are fans of graphic and intense books, there is a lot to enjoy in Burning Fields. I will admit that it isn't what my tastes typically gravitate toward, but for what it is I found it to be executed well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jan 22, 2015

    The storyline is strong, and the art brings the story to life. You’ll feel like you’re watching a movie. Suspense alone will draw you in once you start reading this new series. If you like being on the edge of your seat, give Burning Fields a shot. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Liam Hainey Jan 22, 2015

    A bit of a limp middle but a gruesome ending means this series might be worth keeping an eye on Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Oscar Maltby Jan 22, 2015

    All in all, Burning Fields #1 is a densely written and hard-hitting horror that will definitely play on your mind long after closing the back cover. However, it is a mostly unfulfilling slice of a much larger story, so those bothered by a slower pace may want to wait for the collected edition. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Jan 21, 2015

    By the premiere's end Atkinson and Fasad have joined up at Surge's oilfield, and we're treated to one of the most disturbing body disfigurations I've seen in quite some time, an image that builds intrigue in a manner that few cliffhangers ever manage. We don't know much yet about Atkinson and Fasad, but the team does a good, if not great, job of setting up a mystery that's worth returning to, if only what to see what other things pliers can do. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Sushi - John Morris Jan 28, 2015

    Burning Fields is worth a read, the first issue gives enough to leave you wanting more but its missteps are worrying. The opening salvo and the second half makes up for its shoddy character work and dialogue but it's an issue that will drag further installments down if it's not improved. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    DarioV Jan 23, 2015

    An interesting book by a creative team I admit I don't know. The horror vein is clear, although most of the time is spent to depict a society of justice officers (policemen, investigators, military, marines...) which is darker than you'd expect. Our main heroine is well portrayed as a "lone wolf" and the case is as horrifying as you can get. Colin Lorimer's style is very similar to Jock's, and definitely right for the series. What made me twist up my nose was the ton of banal cop-story dialogues, not in line with the quality of everything else.

  • 10
    mjh6558 Oct 19, 2015

  • 9.0
    PurplePenguin Apr 16, 2016

  • 8.0
    DXO Oct 18, 2015

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