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Review: Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1

foureyeshof01_CoverArtFour Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1 launches the second arc in the critically-acclaimed story of a boy and his dragon on the hunt for revenge in Depression-era New York City. The training begins.

I missed the first volume of this comic series, Four Eyes: Forged in Flames, so came in to this first issue as a complete blank page. The issue is completely accessible even not knowing the previous comics. Written by Joe Kelly, with art by Max Fiumara, the first issue is an alternate world Depression-era New York City and focused on dragon fighting. On first glance it’s a story about animal fighting, just with an imaginary animal. And as I read, and that aspect clearer I interestingly became more uneasy reading it.

I have no idea how much the animal fighting aspect plays in to this volume, or the last, it’s clear this isn’t How to Train Your Dragon, this is not a cutesy story, no matter how much the art is. I’m a bit mixed on the first issue. The whole animal fighting aspect, and how blasé it is about it threw me clearly. However, the story itself is very intriguing and characters entertaining. I want to read more, even though a big aspect of what I read turned me off.

Part of what had me intrigued is Fiumara’s art which is fantastic. The art design is amazing and it pops in its black and white style. Characters are unique, even the dragons all have personalities of their own.

My overall thought on the series is up in the air. There’s the one aspect I clearly didn’t enjoy and caught me off guard, but the characters and the art are so good. It’s kind of fascinating really. But animal fighting, even with dragons, still is troubling and impacted my enjoyment. The rest of the series will really impact what I think of this one issue, but right now it’s intriguing and I want to read more.

Story: Joe Kelly Art: Max Fiumara
Story: 7 Art: 8.4 Overall: 7.1 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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