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"Hollow Heart #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics


Written and lettered by Paul Allor
Illustrated by Paul Tucker
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 7th, 2021


EL's tortured existence as part-man, part-machine now has a bright spot when Mateo comes to visit. The two share a special bond and Mateo is able to show EL that life is not all bad. These good moments only anger EL further, showing him all the things he's been deprived of for all his life. It's not fair and he wants to do something about it. He can either end his life or escape.

You can see this realization come through in EL's face, even though it's basically a floating skull. Artist Paul Tucker depicts this really beautiful and emotional scene as EL and Mateo share a moment that should be happy. That feeling is cut short, as EL is reminded of his imprisonment and the cruelty of his captors. It's both heartbreaking and infuriating for him.

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Tucker illustrates this intimate scene with care, implying quite a lot without having to show much. It starts with this great sequence of two panels. Instead of showing us Mateo and EL looking at each other, we see them separately, with a small square overlapping in the middle. It instantly conveys the deep connection these two share.

Hollow Heart #2 is bookended by these strange scenes of Mateo at home, seemingly preparing some kind of plan for EL's escape. This is rather touching, as we see what he's willing to go through for EL, putting himself through such pain and hardship.

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This issue also touches upon the world outside of EL's prison, showing us the uncaring folks that created him in the first place. Writer Paul Allor sheds some light as to how EL got into this position in the first place, creating a modern day Frankenstein's monster of sorts. EL didn't ask for this, but he's stuck in a world where he can't even control his own end. That hits like a punch to the gut.

EL's appearance is frightening, yet tragic. Despite his bulky robot body and the unsettling floating skull for a face, he's a human being. He may be cobbled together from assorted organs, but he's got a soul and feelings. This strikes a perfect balance in tone for Hollow Heart, mixing up horror, drama, and romance in this intriguing combination.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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