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Heart TP Paperback – July 24, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the normal sports hero story. So well written. A very heartfelt journey.
I am looking forwards to a bright future from this writer.
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... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Daniel V. Reilly