Heartthrob #1

Heartthrob #1

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artist: Robert Wilson Publisher: Oni Press Release Date: April 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
8.6Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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A new series about bank heists and thieving hearts from writer Christopher Sebela (Welcome Back), artist Robert Wilson IV (Bitch Planet), and colorist Nick Filardi (Powers). Callie Boudreau hasn't been herself lately. After a lifetime sidelined by illness, she's rescued by a miracle cure in the form of heart transplant surgery, but the life she returns to doesn't fit her anymore. Besides the morally questionable job, the crappy boyfriend and the crippling hospital bills, Callie finds herself developing new tastes, unfamiliar urges and a mouth like a sailor. As she balances what she has to do with what she wants to do, a mystery man shows up to teach her that instead of waiting for her new life, she should go out and steal it.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Pablo Arriaga Feb 24, 2016

    Chris Sebela has proven time and time again that he can write characters with simple goals and complex emotions. Robert Wilson IV can portray that emotion and all the action that's to come in this new series. Keep a look out for Jamie McElvie's fantastic variant cover which honors the great Fleetwood Mac album Rumours. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Apr 15, 2016

    Overall, an interesting story which I did not think I would necessary relate to, as the inner rumblings of ho hum office work reverberate throughout the story much like Office Space. The story by Christopher Sebela is truly a gift, that the reader will be unwrapping over and over again, to see what they have missed the first few times they read it. The art by Robert Wilson IV, is very much reminiscent of Archer, but having an identity all its own. Very entertaining altogether, an absorbing story which feels like the beautiful bastard of Heart Condition and Fight Club. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Feb 9, 2016

    While most people do not need a major organ transplant, they can find kinship in her struggle against the machinery of society. Callie shows us the monotony of daily existence, the regrets coming from playing it safe, use and abuse by those we thought we were closest to, and the desire to tell the world where they can stick their demands. These are the struggles of every human throughout time. Heartthrob explores these things with fascinating direction that does not linger or drag the reader down. Of course there is a cliffhanger that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. The clear cut story and gorgeous, clean art make this an easy read that transplants itself into your head, telling you to read it just once more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Ashley Leckwold Apr 14, 2016

    Heartthrob #1 is a great introduction to a series that looks to be exciting and heart-wrenching, both figuratively and literally. Sebela has created a lovely and realistic protagonist in Callie Boudreau as well as a mysterious, loving and potentially dangerous love interest in Mercer. Only time will tell if he is dangerous, but that wait won't be so bad between the writing and the fantastic art of Wilson and Filiardi. If crime and romance mixed together are right up your alley, Heartthrob #1 might just be the sweetheart of a comic you're looking for. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Apr 18, 2016

    Christopher Sebela characterizes Callie as a person who's adapting to a new outlook on life " she'll knock your ass to the ground if you wrong her, though she's still working out how to reconcile those burgeoning impulses. So it's no wonder that she'd take refuge in the arms of a mere hallucination (or what might be the ghost of an actual criminal dreamboat) resting just behind her eyes. Is this crazy? A new twist on the concept of "mad love?" Maybe. But I'm going to need at least twenty more issues to properly suss it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 14, 2016

    Getting a complicated premise off and running is no simple feat, but man do Christopher Sebela and Robert Wilson IV make it look easy. Heartthrob #1 is assured from its opening page, each subsequent flip only furthering the book's clear cut sense of identity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 14, 2016

    This issue will take you on quite the whirlwind of feelings. There are a lot of ways that this could go, so I don’t doubt that Sebela will give us a good follow-up issue to this one. I’m looking forward to seeing how Callie deals with her life getting really good or falling apart. Either way, I know I’ll be entertained. This issue is definitely worth checking out, for anyone looking for an interesting and thoughtful read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Apr 14, 2016

    This is an honest, emotional first issue with a twist that will probably make or break it for readers but works for me. The team here is firing on all cylinders and I’m eager to see where it’s headed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Apr 18, 2016

    A strong debut from two underrated creators. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Apr 18, 2016

    All told, "Heartthrob" #1 pulls the reader right in. The cliffhanger actually feels engaging and earned, and Callie is a fascinating protagonist. I'm so, so curious for what issue #2 will bring. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Apr 29, 2016

    This book feels like a cross between that new Kevin Costner movie “Criminal” and Sex Criminals. the artwork has a lot of similarities to sex criminals, but the story is much less, let’s say “graphic”. but it is still very funny. i like that it is a 70’s series, which makes the Fleetwood Mac Rumors variant cover i got make a lot more sense than just being a Fleetwood Mac fan and wanting to put it on a comic book cover. i think that this book has a lot of great opportunities going forward- the premise is solid, and actually pretty unique for a comic book: our main character is a rather unhappy woman who has been waiting for her heart transplant so she can “start her life, finally”. but once she has her new heart, her old life starts to cause problems, and she meets a new mysterious guy, who seems to come and go as he pleases AND who may be a bit of a bad influence on her. except he isn’t really a new potential love interest, he is the psychological manifestation of her heart donor- a criminal type who is going to help her rob the company she worked for (before she quit, because his heart makes her all aggressive and hotheaded) because they refused to cover her heart surgery, and were basically just a really crappy place to work.

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