Heart in A Box

Heart in A Box

Book - 2015
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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 weakness, she 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 spread across the country, a journey that forces her to face her own history and the cost of recapturing it, and leads inevitably to a confrontation with the Man with No Name himself!.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616556945
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Oct 02, 2016

Heart in a Box opens with a woman in a brutal fight, which ends in the death of her opponent... and a promise there's an explanation for this. The explanation? Emma had a terrible breakup, and made a really bad decision. She made a deal to keep herself from feeling so bad. And it turns out, from feeling anything at all. What follows is her quest to reclaim her heart, which leads to some pretty dark places.

I rooted for Emma all the way, even as she wrestled with her conscience about the fallout from her choices. Life isn't always pretty. But by the end of the book, Emma has grown. And I doubt she'll make the same mistakes twice.

I first came across Thompson from her comics blogging, and I'm so thrilled to see her pursuing this path with her writing. She's very talented. McClaren's art may not be for everyone. It's a bit complicated. But it makes you love the characters, since it's clear she loves them so much herself. They all have great hair, too.


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