REVIEW: ‘Heart Attack,’ Issue #1

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Heart Attack #1

It’s not surprising when comic books incorporate several elements of real-world issues in their plot. More often than not it’s used as commentary or reflection of how these issues are affecting others. Doing this highlights the significance of these issues to audiences that may not know much about them. One such comic book that does this is Heart Attack #1, which is published by Image Comics. The comic is written by Shawn Kittelsen, illustrated by Eric Zawadzki, colored by Michael Garland, and lettered by Pat Brosseau.

Heart Attack #1 is set in a world where certain individuals are born with special powers and are known as Variants. The world has come to fear Variants, which led to the establishment of the Variant Crimes Unit (VCU). A group known as the Freebodies, led by Sefton Smith, oppose the mistreatment of Variants and fight for their rights. One particular night, two of his followers, Nona and Charlie, are out on the streets putting signs up. They are caught by VCU agents and Nona is arrested. Charlie captures the altercation on his cellphone and gives it to the rest of the Freebodies. This starts an entire movement within the world of the comic, with both Charlie and another Freebody named Jill, at the center of it.

Heart Attack #1
From Heart Attack  #1 – Shawn Kittelsen (Writer), Eric Zawadzki (Artist), Michael Garland (Colorist), and Pat Brosseau (Letterer).

Though the comic is quite a simple premise, it’s easy to see the amount of time and dedication that it took to establishing all of it. For one, the amount of world-building that went into just one issue is fantastic. There was enough to let me know about the state of the world without taking anything away from the story. In addition, the words from Kittelsen at the end of the issue of why he chose to write this really spoke to me. Including political themes into literature isn’t something new, but it’s an essential part of what makes it special. What happens to the Freebodies is something that’s relatable to the time we live in now.

A major part of the description for this series is the aspect of a teenage romance. However, nothing about this issue ever gave me the impression that love would ever bloom. Yes, this is the first issue of the series, but I expected this dynamic to be introduced. I can only assume that the romance will most likely be between Jill and Charlie, but it was never fully established. There was a small teaser, but I expected more. However, I’m hoping that this is expanded on in further issues at a steady rate.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Heart Attack #1. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the premise of the series captured my attention. It’s incredible for a creative team to create a comic that involves such topical issues in a way that doesn’t take away their importance. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series plays out.

Heart Attack #1 is on sale now wherever comic books are sold.

Heart Attack #1
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TL;DR

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Heart Attack #1. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the premise of the series captured my attention. It’s incredible for a creative team to create a comic that involves such topical issues in a way that doesn’t take away their importance. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series plays out.