Heart #1

Heart #1

Writer: Blair Butler Artist: Kevin Mellon Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 2, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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Mixed Martial Arts and comics collide when an office drone named Oren "Rooster" Redmond follows his older brother into the fiercely competitive world of professional MMA. With nothing left to lose, Oren hopes to find his purpose in fighting - but does passion equal proficiency? Does Oren truly have the heart of a champion? Find out in the first chapter of this four-issue series.

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 1, 2011

    This isn't a "fun" or "feel good" story. When it's all over, I'm not even sure if this will be a memorable story, but I do know that right now, in this first issue, this is a compelling story with a very human protagonist who is relevant enough that I'm going to come back for more. I'm certain other readers will see some of their own trials and tribulations in this tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Niall Doonan Nov 18, 2011

    While it is likely that most people would have read or seen a similar story before, this first issue of Heart is still an entertaining and enjoyable read and I am interested enough in the characters to want to see the next step in their journey. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    iFanboy - Paul Montgomery Nov 1, 2011

    Heart #1 might not leave you itching to find an MMA bout on cable if you're not already a fan. It's also too soon to suggest it introduces a colorful new hero with a rich history. But as a clinic on cartooning, and on crafting a journey, I think it has a lot to offer. Butler's is absolutely a voice to watch, and though I don't want her to quit her day job as a reviewer, I definitely want to read more of this kind of thing as an expansion upon it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - CharlieCrane Nov 3, 2011

    If youre looking for a nice change of pace, give this book a look. I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 4, 2011

    It's not the next big thing in comics but if you want something different and well done this week, in the words of referee "Big" John McCarthy, "Are you ready? Let's get it on." Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Nov 2, 2011

    When I started reading I felt great, a comic about MMA trying reach a fan base that usually dogs on us comic kids. I was starting to expect a character of a total tool and "broseph" mentality, but later as I read I was wondering was this going to be just an MMA story? The story is rather a story about Oren trying to find himself and not feel empty. The black and white gritty art goes very well with the story. It captures the emotion of the characters and the feel of the scenes of the arena, office and gym. There is one thing I question is "Rooster's" fangs and why they might be highlighted in the beginning? I guess we'll have to wait till the second issue to find out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Nov 5, 2011

    "Heart" is a solid story executed solidly with the potential for more, and I look forward to what the next three issues will bring. Put on some Social Distortion and give it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    IGN - Poet Mase Nov 2, 2011

    In addition, Mellon's positioning of round clocks and calendar years in the frame is inconsistent, and their inclusion doesn't add much to the tension of the moment. Mellon does well to give fighting characters a sense of weight and bulk, but his explanation of their techniques is confusing. For example, a critical frame is wasted as Oren goes from full guard to a leg triangle, leaving us wondering how he managed to shift his opponent's arm across their bodies (not to mention why Oren overhooks instead of sliding down the arm for a Kimura). The black and white artwork successfully shows the intended grit of Butler's script, but between the tough guy fantasy plot and the poorly executed artwork, there's no compelling argument for a purchase. Read Full Review

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