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Vault Announces Hollow Heart, a Queer Horror Story from Paul Allor and Paul Tucker

Vault Comics has announced Hollow Heart, a queer horror story from writer and letterer Paul Allor, and artist Paul Tucker. Hollow Heart reunites the two Tet creators for a queer monster love story about the choices we make between giving our loved ones what they want and giving them what we think they need.

The release of Hollow Heart marks the official expansion of Vault’s horror imprint, Nightfall, into a year-round publishing imprint. Instead of occurring once a year in autumn, Nightfall horror titles will now be released throughout the entire year.

Hollow Heart follows EL, who used to be human, but now he’s a jumble of organs in a bio-suit. El is also in tremendous pain and has been for a very long time. Hope arrives in the form of Mateo, a mechanic brought in to work on EL’s suit. Mateo sees EL in a way no one else ever has. And what’s more: Mateo offers EL an escape.

Hollow Heart #1 hits store shelves in February 2021, and will launch with a Vault Vintage variant cover by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays tribute to Frank Miller and Paul Rubenstein’s legendary cover to Rom: Space Knight #1.

Hollow Heart #1

Review: Nobody is in Control Volume 1

Nobody is in Control

In M. Night Shyamalan’s film, The Village, the characters are warned to stay out of the woods. In Nobody is in Control Richard follows a stranger into the woods, thinking the man needs help. It’s obvious to me that Richard has never seen that movie or at least didn’t choose to heed the warning. Soon, following the stranger leads Richard to stumble upon a conspiracy that has been going on for decades. The four-issue story arc is collected in this trade paperback from Black Mask Studios.

My favorite part about this story is that it reads like an actual novel. Writer Patrick Kindlon composes dialogue the way playwrights and novelists write it. All of it reads like a natural conversation. These conversations cover a vast array of subjects, from various known conspiracy theories to the flora and fauna of Georgia, to seemingly mundane topics. Even though these conversations seem random they reveal small details about both the stranger’s history and Richard’s past. The narrative Kindlon creates from these fractal character details, and intensive dialogue is full of suspense. I was so engrossed in this book that I read all one hundred thirty-two pages in a single sitting.

There are a lot of interesting layouts throughout this first volume. Artist Paul Tucker maximizes his chances for visual storytelling by using many panels on the majority of the pages. Yet, even the smaller panels are drawn with a level of detail that I had no trouble figuring out what I was looking at in each panel, no matter its size.

Throughout the book there are also info-graphs highlighting the things Richard observes. There’s some trippy imagery as well. Characters transform into the subject of conversations and settings change around the characters as they talk. I’m not sure if these transformations are meant to be symbolism or just supposed to add visual interest because the other characters in the conversation don’t react to the changes. Whatever they’re meant to be, they make dialogue heavy scenes visually interesting and keep the pages from being filled by stationary figures talking to one another. This level of detail also makes for elaborate backgrounds and gorgeous full-page spreads.

As Ivy learns in The Village and Richard learns in Nobody is in Control, sometimes to solve a mystery, a person must venture into the woods. Nobody is in Control is part survival story and part conspiracy thriller, that combines to form an exhilarating story. The art is expansive, and the illustrations are highly detailed. The narrative is unique and unexpectantly works well in a graphic format. This is my favorite Black Mask comic I’ve ever read, and at this point might just turn out to be my favorite comic I’ll read this year. Treat yourself to a different kind of comic book, with awesome art and an enthralling story, and pick up a copy of Nobody is in Control.

Story: Patrick Kindlon Art: Paul Tucker Letterer: Wallace Ryan
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studio provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Nobody is in Control

NOBODY IS IN CONTROL

Writer: Patrick Kindlon / Artist: Paul Tucker / Letterer: Wallace Ryan
Mature / $16.99 / 132 pages

When Richard sees a man run through his yard, he follows him out of concern. This deep in the woods, he must be lost… must be in trouble. Bust soon it’s Richard in peril, as this stranger drags him into a deep, twisted web of conspiracy going back hundreds of years. By writer Patrick Kindlon (Survival Fetish, There’s Nothing There, We Can Never Go Home), artist Paul Tucker (Tet), and hand-lettered by Wallace Ryan. Collects issues 1-4.

NOBODY IS IN CONTROL

Preview: Nobody is in Control #3

Nobody is in Control #3

written by Patrick Kindlon (Survival Fetish, We Can Never Go Home, There’s Nothing There)
art by Paul Tucker (Tet)
lettered by Wallace Ryan

The conspiracy grows to include pornographic manga, America’s 1980s fixation on ninjas and, of course, children’s books featuring a lovable family of bears. Richard is in deep, and by the end of this issue there may be no way out.

Nobody is in Control #3

Preview: Nobody is in Control #1

NOBODY IS IN CONTROL #1

Written by: Patrick Kindlon
Illustrated by: Paul Tucker
Hand Lettered by: Wallace Ryan
$3.99 | full color | 32 pages | mature
On Sale 5.1.19

When Richard sees a man run through his yard, he follows him out of concern. This deep in the woods, he must be lost… must be in trouble. But soon it’s Richard in peril, as this stranger drags him into a deep, twisted web of conspiracy going back hundreds of years.

A strange, paranoid new thriller from writer Patrick Kindlon (Survival Fetish, We Can Never Go Home, S.H.I.E.L.D.: Quake), illustrated by bold newcomer Paul Tucker, hand lettered by Wallace Ryan.

NOBODY IS IN CONTROL #1

Little Man in the Big House on Challenger Comics for FREE

Little Man in the Big HouseChallenger Comics is a self-publishing comic book imprint, focusing on short-form, small-run, and collected creator-owned comics. It’s a lesser know shop, but you can find some great comics there and best of all you can get print copies as well as digital. Bonus, the digital editions are DRM free.

Ryan K. Lindsay, Paul Tucker, and Eric Zawadzki have a new 12 page comic on the site, and it’s free to read and download right now.

Little Man in the Big House tells the story is about Macbeth, once a superhero with the ability to manipulate size, now he’s a guard at a prison for supercriminals, and on his first day he has to quell a cell block riot. It’s a grand slice of grindhouse fun and shower beatdowns.

Check it out now along with some of the other amazing comics on the site.

Preview: TET #4 (of 4)

TET #4 (of 4)

Paul Allor (w) • Paul Tucker (a & c)

We’ve seen Eugene’s story. But during his last day’s in Vietnam, he finally learns how Ha survived the war. She’s always been much stronger than him; and much stronger than he’s given her credit for. With all their secrets gone, Ha and Eugene must decide how to move forward.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Review: Tet # 4 (of 4)

TET REG COVER ISSUE04Tet is the third entry in IDW Publishing’s new creator owned and imprint Comics Experience, and I’ve been reading this one since the first issue. It originally was not in my pull list when I saw the title on the rack, but I immediately recognized it for it was—a book set during the Vietnam War—and picked it up.

Every generation has its set of war movies; and for an eighties kid like myself, it was the Vietnam War. I enjoyed watching films like Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Born on the Fourth of July, and Aliens—yes Aliens was a sci-fi metaphor for the Vietnam War, watch it again if you don’t believe me.

Tet is like that Vietnam War movie from the eighties that never got green lit (but should have). Despite the rule breaking happening in eighties film work, one thing always remained the same—there were never any LGBT characters serving openly in military films, the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ (now repealed) rule applied then in military films too. There were allusions and metaphors, and some bromances tinged with homoeroticism, but I cannot recall any open LGBT character from any of the mainstream 1980s Vietnam War films—a butchy Lt Vasquez in Aliens was as close as we got, and even she we had to infer. Tet, as a comic book, fixes that.

When I was given a chance to review issue #4, I jumped on it. Issue #3 resolves one mystery, but leaves another for the next issue: what happened to Lt. Eugene Smith’s fiancée, Ha, during the Tet invasion? You will have to pick it up your self to find out.

However, I will tell you this, issue #4 concludes this well drawn tragic love tale. Lt. Smith’s and Bao’s friendship is put to a final test, and the Lieutenant may finally come to terms with his pain. If you are a fan of smart crime noir, and gritty war comics, this one is for you. The story is heartbreaking, but overall, extremely satisfying. Tet is a sleeper that hasn’t got too much attention; but it should.

Story: Paul Allor Art: Paul Tucker
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: TET #3 (of 4)

TET #3 (of 4)

Paul Allor (w) • Paul Tucker (a & c)

1984. The war is over. Eugene is wounded, inside and out. And now, he finds himself going back to Vietnam, to set things right, and maybe even start again. But as Eugene sinks deeper into a 16-year-old murder investigation, he finally understands how wrong he’s been. And that some wounds never heal.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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