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An unorthodox horror story, equal parts hidden worlds, lost love and mammoths, Heathentown is that rarest of things—a genuinely unusual take on the undead. Anna Romano comes to Florida for the funeral of her friend Kit Durrel, a linguist who had worked with her in Africa and died there in a horrific incident of mob violence. The evening after the funeral, she visits Kit's grave only to find another visitor already there—Kit herself. This leads to her discovery of a murderously strange culture of the walking dead living in the depths of the Everglades: those that are buried there come back, not so much revived as preserved by something of a ghoulish version of the Fountain of Youth. What follows is a breathless series of escapes and attempted rescues that is also simultaneously an emotional story of sacrifice and lost chances. Bechko and Hardman, who worked together on the Zuda Web comic the Crooked Man, are a perfectly matched team as Hardman's beautiful, highly cinematic art captures the excitement and complex emotions of Bechko's memorable and nuanced story. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Writers Corinna Sara Bechko and Gabriel Hardman began their professional collaboration with the 2009 original graphic novel, Heathentown, which Bechko wrote and Hardman illustrated. Since then, the couple has co-written several collaborations as co-writers including BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and EXILE ON THE PLANET OF THE APES. In addition to being a writer, Bechko works as a zoologist. Hardman is a successful comic artist working regularly for Marvel Comics as well as a storyboard artist for films including INCEPTION and DARK KNIGHT RISES.

Gabriel Hardman has drawn HULK, and AGENTS OF ATLAS for Marvel Comics as well as HEATHENTOWN for Image/Shadowline. He is an accomplished motion picture illustrator whose credits include Spider-Man 3, X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns, Tropic Thunder and Inception. He also directed the prize winning short film Wrong Way Up, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. Corinna Bechko is a Los Angeles-based writer known for her work on the graphic novel HEATHENTOWN and the BOOM! Studios series BETRAYAL ON THE PLANET OF THE APES. Marc Laming an illustrator and comic book artist living in the UK. He has worked on comic books for DC/Vertigo, Fleetway and currently Boom! Studios, as well as television & animation projects and storyboards, and visuals for record companies.
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Product Details

  • Series: Heathentown
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: IMAGE COMICS; Reprint edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607063050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607063056
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,945,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Corinna Sara Bechko has a zoology degree and a passion for the written word. She was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. Since then she has lived all over the US, from New York City to Santa Fe, New Mexico. She currently resides in Los Angeles with a menagerie of rescued animals and a brilliant illustrator. In addition to "Heathentown" she has written for Marvel Comics (Fear Itself: The Home Front) and BOOM! Comics (Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes).

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In Heathentown, Anna Romano accompanies the body of her friend Kit, who was slain in Africa, back to her home in Florida. Anna meets Kit's family and attends her funeral, but before she can leave she finds there's something eerie in going on in the Florida Everglades and the dead aren't staying dead.

The story by Corinna Sara Bechko is fast paced and keeps you guessing. The art by Gabriel Hardman is amazing. Black and white, beautiful ink brushwork, with some zipatones for the gray areas.

I just happened to read this book after reading Eerie Archives volume 1, and this story seemed like a throwback to black and white comics of the fifties and sixties. Those were all short stories so the fact that I finished this in one sitting seemed fitting. Also, in the old stories, the art was always stronger than the stories, which is the case here. There are some pages that you can stop and stare at and completely forget what you were reading.

Heathentown isn't the story that's going to revolutionize horror comics, but it's a good read, and at only $9.99 for a standard 6.5" by 10"-ish comic it's worth the price.
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Long time comic fan but just barely getting into the indie scene. Gave this book a shot being a huge fan of the artist, Gabriel Hardman, and his work here is reason enough to check it out. It's immaculate, so much so that I have to pull out that word to describe it.

The story itself is pretty offbeat, it's unpredictable and fast paced and the atmosphere is eerie. The cast, while small, are likable and relatable, particularly the lead, who is much more dynamic than she appears. That said, I wish it was longer, took a little more time to flesh out the back story on what was happening and the relationship between the town and the weird pseudo-zombies. Maybe explain why they do what they do, I feel like you only get a glimpse.

Aside from that, this book has something to offer someone who likes small self-contained stories that kick into gear quickly and don't slow down with moody intense art and some slick characterization. Refreshing break from superhero books.
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A real page-turner! The art is stunning and the story is unusual, fast-paced, and totally engrossing. Highly recommended.
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"Heathentown" is creepy. The author is a zoologist- maybe DC should hire her to write Animal Man- she is also a good writer. Also it's pretty awesome to see women writing horror comics. Gabriel Hardman's art is reminiscent of classic horror comics. It's black and white, which can make the reading a little difficult (characters look very similar, a lot of darkness), but it's worth it.

I picked it up used at a sweet deal, increasing the value to me, but it's worth the original cover price.
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I was disappointed by the story here, but not by the art. Gabriel Hardman's sequential storytelling demonstrates viscerally why he's been hired for so much film work, imbuing the proceedings here with a nifty sense of dread and appropriately murky ambience. The most effective sequences are at the start, deliciously troubling in their quiet staging. But Corinna Sara Bechko's script leaves little very clearly established, and really doesn't go much of anywhere.
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