Hollow Heart #1

Writer: Paul Allor Artist: Paul Tucker Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: February 17, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 4
8.4Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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.

  • 9.6
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Feb 17, 2021

    And all of that just technically happens in the prelude. I haven't even talked about Mateo, the other principle character, who helps get the story started off proper, and I'm not really going to because I want y'all to find out more about him on your own. This is a story that immediately grapples your attention and there are lots of fascinating threads and themes, and I really cannot recommend this enough. This is one of the coolest starts to a sci-fi story I've read in a minute, and this should be a must add to your pull for a wide gamut of fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Feb 18, 2021

    An insightful, intimate, and mysterious opening chapter and one of the most fascinating starts to a comic released in recent years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Feb 28, 2021

    Hollow Heart is a beautifully tragic comic. It grabs you early on with this fascinating world and intriguing character-driven story. While I have quite a few questions, I cannot wait to have them answered as this series continues. This is one book you don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Feb 19, 2021

    "Hollow Heart" #1 bears its heart on the page and to the reader and it is bound to be someone's new favorite comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    COMICON - Cesareo Garasa Feb 24, 2021

    Hollow Heart #1 is an intriguing slow-burn debut issue dealing with isolation and the hearts of the three main characters including the tragic EL. It's a sympathetic look at the loneliness that exists in each of them and a skillfully sincere balancing act that refuses to mire itself in melodrama. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Feb 17, 2021

    When all is said and done, Hollow Heart #1 delivers an interesting and emotional beginning. While there are many questions that need answering about this storys protagonists and situations, it certainly feels like it has something to say. Whether or not that message will ultimately resonate with readers is something only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Josh Rathbun Feb 22, 2021

    If you wanted to shake up your regular comic reading with something quite a bit different, Hollow Heart #1 is just that book. Its a unique and odd romantic story between a man and whats 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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 17, 2021

    There's plenty of mystery to be found here in Hollow Heart as no real questions were answered and the setup didn't provide for a lot. Who or what EL is will be answered sooner than later and I'm curious to see what's involved in there that created such a thing. Allor's script is pretty good as we get a solid handle on who Donnie and Mateo are and that they're not just cardboard characters to deal with and that leaves us with a lot of potential. Tucker's artwork is interesting with the color design we get and while everything comes across well, it's again EL that interests the most. And there's enough across the book as a whole to make you want to come back for more to see if it's going to tantalize some more or begin answering questions, and asking new ones. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Feb 18, 2021

    A tale of tenderness in the midst of agony, this doomed description of two people struggling with their circumstances might be right to bring you down, if you're so inclined.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    I Review Comics Dec 8, 2021

    I walked past Hollow Heart several times for several weeks before grabbing the collected Graphic Novel. The chief draw was the cover art which depicted a monster that strongly resembled my favorite Scooby-Doo monster, “The Spooky Space Kook”. The monster looks so much like the classic character that I’m surprised that Hanna Barbara hasn’t sent a cease and desist letter.

    Besides the familiarity with the creature design, the story doesn’t compare to anything I’ve read before in any comic. Addressing the elephant in the room. This is a queer-coded story. About 90% of the characters and relationships depicted are on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. It’s not important to the story and I appreciated the “In-Universe” attempt to n more

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Feb 21, 2021

    I'm instantly intrigued by this, there is clearly an underlying theme being nurtured, but I wish there was more in this first issue to set up the narrative for the series because there isn't a lot to go on yet.

  • 9.5
    BitchWitcher Feb 21, 2021

  • 8.5
    tonpas1989 Feb 28, 2021

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