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"Sweet Heart #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone


Written by Dillon Gilbertson
Illustrated by Francesco Iaquinta
Colored by Marco Pagnotta
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
2020, 26 Pages
Comic released on April 15th, 2020


The curse that has stuck with Maddie's family for generations has hit her, but she's not going to let her life be consumed by it. Everywhere she goes, a monster follows, ready to consume her if she lets her guard down. This creature is a force of nature, seemingly indestructible and unstoppable...or is it? Maddie goes on the hunt to end this cycle once and for all.

You have to admire Maddie's determination. She could have spiraled into depression or anxiety at the very idea of this curse. Instead, it's empowered her. It's not fair that she's been hit with this burden through no fault of her own.

The monsters in Sweet Heart are a metaphor for diabetes and that's very clear in this issue. There's even a line about the monster's eating the glucose in a person's body. This puts the disease in perspective for those unfamiliar with it by making it a physical entity, ever present in the lives of its victims. It can consume those suffering from it and that's definitely shown here as Maddie loses sight of everything else in her life except this.

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Writer Dillon Gilbertson does a nice job balancing the character work with Maddie with the further explanation of the monsters while moving the overall plot forward. It's no easy task, as there's a lot to digest here, yet I was riveted throughout the whole book. I am dying to know more about these creatures and how they work, so any glimmers of insight are soaked up like a sponge. You get the feeling the world at large has just taken it as fact that these things exist and has stopped trying to figure them out or find a way to stop them, which speaks to an even more unsettling idea. Letterer Saida Temofonte guides us through all of this with deft precision.

The monsters are reminiscent of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but lacking any sympathy at all. They were put on this earth for one thing and one thing only and that's to eat its victims. Artist Francesco Iaquinta brings that inhuman element to the forefront in the design, creating a nice contrast with Maddie's plucky personality.

There's a great scene where Maddie runs into an old friend from school and she doesn't really know how to act. Her life has been solely focused on the monster for so long that regular human interaction is a little foreign to her. Iaquinta shows this wonderfully with uncertain facial expressions and awkward stances to the point where I almost don't trust this guy that's talking to Maddie.

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Much of Sweet Heart #3 takes place in the evening, with haunting shadows looming all over the place. Colorist Marco Pagnotta creates an ominous atmosphere as Maddie continues her hunt. It's punctuated by the bright red eyes of the monster as it stares through the darkness. Even with this, there's a faint wisp of hope here as Maddie's plan springs into action.

The world of Sweet Heart is explored further as this series charges on. It's as fascinating as it is terrifying. The comic is like a cross between Wytches and It Follows and I am here for it.


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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

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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