The Heart of the Beast – REVIEWThe Heart of the Beast by Judith Dupre
(Website, Goodreads)Published by Dynamite Entertainment on 5th August 2014
Genres: Horror
Pages: 112
ISBN: 978-1606904916
Format: eARC
Source: Advanced Reviewer's Copy
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Dynamite Entertainment celebrates the 20th Anniversary of this hauntingly evocative graphic novel, written by Dean Motter and Judith Dupre, and featuring lavishly painted artwork by superstar Sean Phillips (Fatale, Criminal). "Science transformed his body, artistry inspired his soul." The Heart of the Beast explores the timeless themes of classic horror literature, set against the backdrop of New York City's decadent art world in the Nineties. Sandra, a beautiful and young bartender, meets the enigmatic Victor, a man with strange scars and stranger secrets. A critically acclaimed tale of gothic love and modern horror, this digitally remastered hardcover edition features additional scrapbook material and commentary by the creators.
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The Heart of the Beast – REVIEW

 

This graphic novel was originally published in 1998 by Vertigo and is to be re-released in hardcover on 05th August 2014.

Sandra meets Victor (Frankenstein), whilst bar-tending at an art exhibition and immediately invites him to her off Broadway show, she is also a part time actress. It is inevitable that Sandra is going to fall head over heels for the mysterious stranger.

There is no horror here at all and I struggled to find a story. I found Sandra’s character too insipid and Victor was barely a character at all.

The art style reminded me of the photo stories that were quite popular in teen magazines in the 80’s, and that extremely popular a-ha video, you know the one, photos mixed with paint & charcoal drawings, mixed media.

I did not like the art at all in this graphic novel, and I am not certain that I would have liked it sixteen* years ago either, on the whole it just wasn’t for me, on top of which I found the story to be tedious and melodramatic. If this novel was critically acclaimed several decades ago, I am not certain that it has withstood the passage of time.

* The edition published by Vertigo in 1998 is the only other edition I could find, I assume as 2014 is the 20th anniversary that there is at least one other.

 

I received an ARC from the publishers for an honest review.

Urthwild

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two-stars

Rating Report
Plot
1.5 Stars
Characters
1.5 Stars
Pace
2 Stars
Cover
2.5 Stars
Ending
2 Stars
Overall: 1.9 / 5
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The Heart of the Beast - GRAPHIC NOVEL
Author Rating
2

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