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Hollow Heart #1 Sells Out, and is Rushed Back to Print

The first issue of Hollow Heart, Vault‘s newest horror series, has sold out of a healthy overprint at the distributor. The issue is being rushed back to print and will feature a new cover with an updated design from Tim Daniel.

The second printing of Hollow Heart #1 will hit store shelves on March 24th, the same date as the series’ second issue. It can be ordered at comic stores everywhere by using Diamond Order Code JAN218619.

Hollow Heart is co-created by writer/letterer Paul Allor Kraus, and artist Paul Tucker, with design by Tim Daniel. The full synopsis can be read below:

EL used to be human. 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 reunites Tet creators Paul Allor and Paul Tucker 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.

Hollow Heart #1 2nd printing

Review: Hollow Heart #1

Hollow Heart #1

In Hollow Heart #1, El was once human. Now, he’s a jumble of organs housed in a monstrous metal body. El is is something far beyond being human who wants to be done with his existence. It’s worth noting that his living conditions are not great, either, as he’s also treated as less-than-human by those around him. That is until he meets Mateo, a mechanic that works his metal frame who I am assuming is the first person to show El any kind of care and respect.

I’m not at all sure what I expected from Hollow Heart but when I was done reading Hollow Heart #1, I was left impressed with the storytelling in this debut. While not heavy on dialogue, the plot is very intriguing, albeit a bit bleak and dark. But through that darkness is a bit of romance. Hollow Heart offers a glimpse into a darker aspect of existence. Props to writer Paul Allor for this story.

I didn’t think the art was as detailed as I would like. That said, I think the art does match the bleak, dark nature of the story. Paul Tucker’s art really hits the mood. I thought the colors kinda rocked throughout the issue.

If you wanted to shake up your regular comic reading with something quite a bit different, Hollow Heart #1 is just that book. It’s a unique and odd romantic story between a man and what’s left of a man locked in a casing. But it really stands out as good storytelling with a bleak approach. This is an easy recommendation.

Story: Paul Allor Art: Paul Tucker
Color: Paul Tucker Letterer: Paul Allor
Story: 9.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.0
Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Hollow Heart #1

Hollow Heart #1

Writer: Paul Allor
Artist: Paul Tucker
Colorist: Paul Tucker
Letterer: Paul Allor
Designer: Tim Daniel 
Cover A: Paul Tucker 
Cover B: Nathan Gooden & Tim Daniel
Cover C: David Mack
Cover D: Jen Hickman
On Sale: 2/17/2021

EL used to be human. 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 mechanice brought in to work on EL’s suit. Mateo sees LK in a way no one ever has. And what’s more: Mateo offers EL an escape.

Hollow Heart reunites Tet creators Paul Allor and Paul Tucker for a queer monster love story about the choices we make between giving our loved one what they want and what we think they need.

Hollow Heart #1

Vault Announce David Mack Variants for Hollow Heart #1

Vault Comics has announced two gorgeous new David Mack incentive covers for Hollow Heart #1. Mack’s cover art will come in two different versions. A regular cover will be available as a 1:15 variant, while a deluxe foil edition printed on thick card stock will be available as a 1:30 variant.

Hollow Heart reunites Tet creators Paul Allor and Paul Tucker for a queer monster love story about the choices we make between giving our loved one what they want and what we think they need.

EL used to be human. 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 mechanice brought in to work on EL’s suit. Mateo sees LK in a way no one ever has. And what’s more: Mateo offers EL an escape.

Hollow Heart #1 hits store shelves on February 17th.

Hollow Heart #1 David Mack

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

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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
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