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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 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,256,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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More About the Author

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Fuson on December 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TV Fan on May 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
A real page-turner! The art is stunning and the story is unusual, fast-paced, and totally engrossing. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
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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This story is deliciously dark and morbid! A fantastic supernatural story set in Florida! If you're interested in a good ghost story, this is a definite buy!
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