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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607065789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607065784
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark bennett on January 31, 2013
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This book tells the story of a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter at the lower end of the business in both words and pictures. It's told as a first person narrative. An otherwise ordinary guy decides he wants to become a fighter. It follows the normal progression of anyone when fights at any level. There is the training, the rise, peaking out and then the inevitable decline & transition to a different life. The book is very good in (intentionally or not) capturing the universal parts of that experience. That experience has analogies in situations other than fighting.

The art is done in a sketch style which to me somewhat looked like the sports illustrations in really old newspapers and magazines. The style is eccentric, but somehow matches up exactly with the story being told. The fights are extremely kinetic and exaggerated to a degree which works well given the story.

Stories about fighting and athletic competition are a staple of Japanese Manga (Shonen) but such graphic stories are extremely rare in the US. Though "Heart" is non-fiction and has a darker story for a more mature audience, it captures the essence of what makes the Japanese stories interesting. As with best examples of this sort of thing, each fight is a story within a story. The fighting style of the main character and the short length of many of his fights makes those stories, by their nature, usually short. But short or not, all of the fights are interesting.

Little is sometimes offered in the way of explanations of MMA terminology but given the first-person narration, that was probably for the best. More might have been said about the drawbacks of a fighting style that seems to depend almost totally on knockout punches. But it is what it is. It's a quick read with an interesting and original story told well in almost every aspect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alt on August 16, 2012
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Heart is the story of Oren "Rooster" Redmond's career as a cage fighter. The story takes an honest look at a brutal sport. It's touching and a little sad, but at the same time it affirms the human spirit, the capacity for growth and change. Any kid who wants to participate in cage fighting would be well served to read this story first. It isn't all glory and girls at the end of the day, and it's to Blair Butler's credit that she showcases the side of the sport that isn't broadcast on pay-per-view.

The art is a sketchy, "pencils without inks" style that doesn't often appeal to me, but it works here. It somehow adds drama that might not be conveyed with more polished artwork.

In short this is a solid effort, worth a reader's time.
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By Hello_There_Monkey on November 14, 2013
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Not the normal sports hero story. So well written. A very heartfelt journey.

I am looking forwards to a bright future from this writer.
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For me, it is all about Blair Butler's writing. I was only able to pick up issue one of Heart in comic book form, as the subsequent issues sold out quickly, so I was very excited to see Image released this in the TPB format.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on September 21, 2012
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A Man that's fought professionally, no less. HEART is the story of a young MMA fighter's brief career in the cage, and it's honestly one of the best Graphic Novels I've read in years. Butler eschews the usual formula, and has delivered an honest, heartfelt story of a young man struggling to make his dreams come true. The art, by Kevin Mellon, is raw and sketchy, but works perfectly in a book like this. Blair Butler has real talent, and I can't wait to read more from her.
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