Review: Heartthrob #3

large-DCDL008454So Callie Boudreau pulls off her biggest heist yet, stealing money from her old job and making sure it goes back to the people they scammed it from. She then lives happily ever after on an island with Mercer, never to be heard from again as she lives out the rest of her good five years. The end.

Well, that would be the easy way, right? It nearly plays out like that too. Heartthrob doesn’t want to be a book that takes the easy way though.

The book opens with two federal agents investigating the Archway robbery, which unfolds over the next few pages as we see how Callie managed to successfully lift $400,000 in cash and get away with it. Hint: it involves Otto strong arming a bunch of security guards, ‘The Chain,’ and Callie punching her ex. That last part might doom her, but for now, two federal agents don’t believe a sweet girl with a heart transplant could do something like this. Sexism is weird.

Once again, Christopher Sebela does a great job of portraying Callie as a likeable character, especially as she’s starting to fall deeper down the hole of crime. She could have easily gotten the happy ending with staying on an island with Mercer, knowing that the money she gave back is being used for good and that Archway went down due to her actions, but she’s starting to become addicted to it. Between this and her fight with Mercer, we start to see the seeds being planted for the jump ahead pages that have ended each issue. The question is though is this Mercer’s influence or all Callie?

Robert Wilson IV and Nick Filardi kill it on art again, especially in the fight scenes with Otto and Callie, but the real bright spot is the scene where Scout outdrives the police. Scout recites about how she is slipstream, immaterial and ethereal, and the art makes it into reality. The streams of red from the taillights of her car and the police cars as they chase around the block are a nice touch, adding dimension to an already exciting scene. In terms of character design and expression though, I’m a real fan of the look Wilson gave Callie as “Anne Nymus.” It’s not flattering, but it really doesn’t have to be.

Heartthrob #3 gets into the real meat of the story now that the introductions to the concept and Callie’s life of crime are out of the way. The team delivers spectacularly on making this crime comic about a woman and her ghost boyfriend believable and enjoyable, especially when the small fissures in their foundation are beginning to form.

Story: Christopher Sebela Art: Robert Wilson IV and Nick Filardi
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Read

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review