HEARTTHROB #1 is my new favorite comic, it’s got action, drama, romance, weird stuff, it’s a must read.
I’m a very strange person, when I read something I don’t start with the synopsis or check out a plot summary or read the author’s introduction, I just jump in. So yes I knew this book was coming out, full disclosure I follow writer Chris Sebela on twitter and donated to his “I live in a clown hotel” kickstarter, but I didn’t know the plot of this book. What a great ride!
Here’s what I’ll give you, it’s a drama, it’s set in the 70’s, there are crime elements, there are relationship issues, and so much more. As writer Christopher Sebela put it,“I think if people are just looking for a crime book, this will totally scratch that itch, if people just want a romance book, same deal, and the weird mutants like us who want both, they’re going to be super happy.” Here’s the spoiler free synopsis (which I can tell you doesn’t give you half the story.)
Since her successful heart transplant Callie Boudreau just hasn’t been able to adjust. Her job sucks, her boyfirend is a jerk, and she’s becoming less and less satisfied with the life she put together while waiting for her transplant. When a mystery man shows up he shows her that she doesn’t have to live a life she hates. But things might get a little strange.
It is an interesting, engaging story that you want to read. The art is super on the money as well. Robert Wilson IV (of Bitch Planet) turns in some solid work giving us some great story telling. That along with colorist Nick Filardi setting the scene with subtle changes in the color palette turn this into the whole package. And a five out of five.
Heartthrob #1 gets a 5 out of 5. Great, surprising story, great art. Buy it at your local comic shop Wednesday April 13th.
Here have a look at a preview sent over from our friends at Oni Press.
(W) Christopher Sebela
(A/CA) Robert Wilson IV with Nick Filardi
Retailer incentive alternate cover illustrated by Jamie McKelvie
Fried Pie Comics variant cover illustrated by Robert Wilson IV
Age Range: 15 and up