Heart in a Box
Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren
Dark Horse Comics, 2015
Fiction, Graphic Novel
160 pages (softcover)
When the man with no name breaks Emma’s heart, she wants to die. But you never die from these things; you just want to.
In a moment of desperation, Emma wishes her broken heart away and a mysterious stranger–who may or may not be totally evil–obliges. But emptiness is even worse than grief, and Emma sets out to collect the seven pieces of her heart now spread across the country, a journey that forces her to face her own history and leads inevitably to a confrontation with the Man With No Name himself.
–Description from publisher
Emma’s reason for wishing her heart away is universally understood. When a heart is metaphorically broken, it can lead to actual physical pain, which makes it easy to want to the source to go away. Of course, with wishes and magic, there’s a price. In this case, the price is feeling numb and that’s even worse.
Emma’s journey to find the missing pieces of her heart takes her on a journey that ends up acting as a healing salve. As each piece is returned, the pain is less burdensome than before.
The most interactive auxiliary character is the individual who took the heart, Bob. My one peeve is with him. He’s not very helpful and has a habit of showing up at the worst times.
The story and the art work well together. I love that the sections are divided by Emma finding the pieces of her heart. It’s easy to read and the pacing is just right, especially for a graphic novel novice.