Batman: Harvest Breed
by George Pratt (DC Comics, 2003)

Harvest Breed is an ugly book.

The artwork is like scars on the paper. It doesn't tell the story as much as conceal it, hiding the progression of plot behind a slash of unpleasant and bewildering paintings.

Fortunately, there's not much of a plot to hinder. You've got ritual murders, and Batman is having bad dreams. There are a lot of little demons and at least one big one that's more silly-looking than scary, plus some convoluted flashbacks to Vietnam. One guy has healing powers and morbid foresight, and there's a young woman who can project her spirit to crime scenes and seems to know everything about the case -- including Batman's secret identity -- except the identity of the killer.

None of it makes any sense, and since the story is neither fun to read nor pleasant to look at, I'm not sure why you'd want to pick it up. George Pratt, who both wrote and drew this book, should go back to the drawing board and try to forget Harvest Breed ever streamed from his pen.

review by
Tom Knapp

3 May 2008

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