Artist: Simon Roy
Writer: Ed Brisson
Cover Artist: Simon Roy
$3.50 (Print), $2.99 (Digital)
NOTE: as usual with non-advanced reviews, there are SPOILERS.
When reading issues #1 and #2 of The Field, I became a bit concerned that we weren’t going to get a decent payoff to the mysteries presented. The issues themselves were great. The crazy events our protagonist (whose name is later revealed as Grant) experienced hit us nearly as hard as they hit him. The concern was that this ambitious premise would have a weak explanation. That is, the reasons behind the non-Grant characters would turn out to be weak and unconvincing or, worse, that we’d get no explanation at all. These concerns only grew when issue #2 told us that Grant was a scientist and this nightmare that he’s experiencing is the result of a sci-fi style lab experiment gone terribly wrong.
I’m happy to say that “The Field #3” avoids these storytelling mishaps. The explanation given in this issue is satisfying and actually helps us understand the previous issues better. It gives you a new perspective on the first two installments, making sense of many strange character and story points. The area is still of unclear size, but it looks to be rural with at least one small town in it. Why this small town has a ground-breaking science lab in or near it I don’t know, but that can be explained with a throwaway line. If an entire area started experiencing Groundhog Day symptoms all at once, it doesn’t take a great imaginative leap to see how eventually people would be adversely affected in various ways.
The reveal of Grant’s involvement in this time loop scenario and the knowledge that his death is needed to end it also give readers a tidy explanation for why he’s being pursued by multiple groups of potential assassins. Those who are dissatisfied with the time loop might find it a step too far to kill a man. But after enough cycles a portion is bound to have their patience, moral code, and sanity ground down enough. The fact that each cycle is slightly shorter than the one before it only adds urgency to the process.
It’s still not entirely clear why Christian is so hell-bent on saving Grant, but I expect we’ll understand that by the end of issue #4 (the final issue of this miniseries, coming September 3). There are still answers that remain to be revealed, and things can still go wrong in the finale, but after reading issue #3 I’m quite confident in Ed Brisson’s and Simon Roy’s ability to deliver a satisfying end to this story.
“The Field #3” is an encouraging issue, showing readers that sometimes mysteries (even outlandish ones) can still have satisfying answers. If you’re not reading this hidden gem of a comic, you’re missing out.
“The Field #3” earns 9.0/10