The Field #1

The Field #1

Writer: Ed Brisson Artist: Simon Roy Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 2, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 4
7.2Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

A man wakes in a field wearing nothing but his underwear. He's got no idea who he is or how he got there. His only connection to the outside world is a cell phone that receives mysterious texts warning him of impending danger. Danger like Christian, an ex-Bible salesman in the middle of a crime spree fueled by Christian Rock, dirty sex, meth, murder, and keeping this underwear-clad, nameless, and past-less man close by his side.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Apr 2, 2014

    I'm not one to throw out hyperbole like "best issue of the week" or "a mini-series everyone should read" because it's just overused buzz words. It's a shame to because both apply to this comic. Maybe it's the fact that we're in April and I can only think of one or two mini-series that have been good this year, but I have a feeling that from here on out The Field is the bar to beat. This book definitely has my attention and it's the first mini-series in a while that I can remember being really excited for. If you want a good mind fuck this week, this is it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Apr 2, 2014

    This is an excellent start to a compelling and eerie book that is sure to only get better. The mystery of the book is fascinating, and there is a literal volley of questions within the opening pages that will necessitate picking up issue two. Throw in Roys incredibly dark and character driven work, and add in Brissons tastefully cheesy dialogue and youve got one hell of a series. The Field defies comparison; its a love letter to grindhouse cinema, and a reinvention of the genre in comics. Its steep mystery may leave some out in the cold, but the best stories ask questions of the reader, pushing them to become an active participant in the adventure. The Field does exactly that; it sucks you in, and creates an insatiable urge to know more. Bring on issue two. Lets get weird. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Nick Couture Apr 4, 2014

    The Field #1 is an incredibly strong start to an absurdly twisted mini-series. Ed Brisson, Simon Roy, and Simon Gough have introduced us to some interesting characters in a very peculiar situation, and I can't wait to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Apr 2, 2014

    The characters, situation, and dialogue mesh perfectly with Simon Roy's art to tell a fascinating tale that asks LOTS of questions and provides NO answers. But that's OK. For this story the confusion is purposeful and completely appropriate. What this issue did was leave me aching to read issue #2, which makes it fully successful as a #1. I need to know what the deal is with the ending of the scene in the diner. Brisson can string me along for a long time chasing after answers to the questions posed here and I suspect I'll be happy about it. That's the real trick…if you are going to leave out information, don't just make it seem like you forgot to put it in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Apr 1, 2014

    The Field is the kind of comic that takes readers on a true ride in the first issue while giving little answers. The characters surrounding the unknown main character are compelling enough that it works. In a story where you know little else about the given situation at hand, you have to give readers a hook and Brisson and Roy deliver. To be blunt, this book just screams weird on so many levels and really shouldn't work as well as it does. Yet through sheer creativity and clever ideas, The Field succeeds and I say with all certainty to read this comic. Strange, weird, and wonderful, the mystery has only begun in The Field and I'm happy to be here at the beginning of the adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Mar 31, 2014

    Overall I’m intrigued by The Field it feels like it has something to say, but what that is still wrapped up in a haze of forgotten memories. For the opening of a four issue miniseries it’s strong but not in a blow your socks off sort of way. If the rest of the series can reap the seeds that have been sewn by issue 1 then this could be another Image hit. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Apr 1, 2014

    The first issue of The Field has proved to be an interesting start that still has plenty of questions and answers yet to be revealed. Since its hard to judge a vague series like The Field based on just one issue, lets just address the impression it left on readers. This was easy to read in one sitting but it wasnt because of a lack of content but because these two creators working together were able to reflect this intriguing concept onto the page of the comic. Because of this, by the time you finish reading this first issue, you immediately want to read what happens next and thats honestly the best outcome you can get from any comic series debut. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Apr 3, 2014

    It's rather brisk, and far from snuggly, but just like its ex-salesman star, "The Field" seems to know where it's going. It'll definitely be worth a second look; I imagine we still have plenty to learn about this mother-loving filth-sucker and the poor guy he's brought along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Melissa Grey Apr 2, 2014

    Roy's art is equally peculiar. The exaggerated expressions of his characters verge of malformed, and the glee he takes in depicting a bloody slaughter works with the book's absurdist second act. Simon Gough's colors fluctuate with the tone, and while they fit each scene, they highlight the uneasy juxtaposition of moods. It's too early to tell what's really going on in The Field, but that mysterious cell phone is interesting enough to make us want to find out. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Dec 31, 1969

    Waking up in a field in some white underwear with multiple dangerous people after you seems like one of the best ways to start a comic that Ill enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - David Hinspeter Apr 3, 2014

    Field #1 is a good first issue with just a little too much mystery. While the protagonist is sympathetic, his lack of even a name causes a distance that damages the story just a little. This is overshadowed by Christian's sociopathic behavior, which is perhaps the point, as it establishes the enemy early on. The biker's and the dream about the scientists hint at a larger story, but the most intriguing thing is the waitresses words. Already, we have enough information to take a guess at elements of the story. Is the man some kind of reset button on time, a trigger pull away from starting the night over again? I'll anxiously await issue #2, if only to see if my theory is right. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Apr 7, 2014

    A nifty and unsettling issue that teaches a lesson about getting into cars with strangers. Not sure if I'm that intrigued enough to keep reading though. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Apr 4, 2014

    "The Field" #1 relies too much on shock and the withholding of information to create suspense. Despite the lack of substance, Brisson and Roy provide enough flavor to give the reader an idea of whether the tone of the book is for them. Future issues may round out the plot, but the first issue is too lightweight to sink in any more hooks. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Apr 2, 2014

    Most books are heavy on one side of the creative side of a comic or the other. In The Fields case, its appeal is in a good story. Im sure the protagonist will develop some neat abilities that will illustrate why he is in danger. We will just have to wait and see. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Apr 3, 2014

    Unfortunately, The Field doesn't make readers invested and there's nothing in the issue that gives us an urgency to pick up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Bulletin - Gabe Carrasco Apr 8, 2014

    This book left me with more questions than interest in answers. Good luck to the scrawny kid stuck with the psychopathic Hank Hill, because this is one story I'm not jumping on, ah tell h'ya what. Read Full Review

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