“A geopolitical drama with monster mythos, Burning Field explores the evil that lurks when greed drives one to drill too deep into the unknown.
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.”
While I was planning to order this for myself – and still plan to – I did get the hookup to read this entire series from Michael Moreci. And man, am I grateful, because this book was fantastic.
I’m not sure how this story fell under the radar, because this should have not only taken off, but also should have been optioned for a movie or a TV series. It’s very much in the vein of Stephen King with something extra in it, which is a good way to think of Michael Moreci. He’s at a Stephen King level of writing, but with Moreci’s own flare to it that makes it his own sort of storytelling.
The same can be said about Tim Daniel. Everything these two touch turns to gold. Just look at their collaborative work on The Plot (from Vault Comics) – easily one of the best comics of 2019, period, and quite possibly the absolute best horror comic to come out of 2019.
But no comic story is built solely with the writer. The art is this book elevates the creep factor to the next level. Colin Lorimer illustrates some insane scenes and monsters, and they’re further brought to life by the gorgeous colors by Joanna Lafuente. Top it off with one of my favorite letterers in the business, Jim Campbell, and you have consistently beautiful visuals on every page. And, well, some downright disturbing images – but in the way you long for in this sort of story.
I adore Dana’s character, and that last issue is mindblowing. I won’t give much away, but the best word for it is BADASS.
Moreci described it as True Detective meets The Thing, and that’s pretty accurate I’d say, except I (personally) got a lot more of what I wanted out of Burning Fields than True Detective. So, if you’re a fan of either (or both) of these stories, definitely check Burning Fields out.
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