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Freaks of the Heartland by Steve Niles
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Jan 30, 2008

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bookshelves: told-to-read, graphic-novels-comics, 2008
Read in February, 2008

Everybody has a dirty secret, but Trevor's family has a big one; his six-year-old brother, Will.

Shortly after birth, Will, (who was born with severe deformities) was sentenced to live out his life in the family's barn. Will's brother, Trevor, his constant and only companion eventually discovers their abusive and piggish father's plans to "get rid of" Will and they run away. During their escape it is revealed that Will also has some rather freaky talents.

The story follows the boys as they unwittingly discover Will's origins while fleeing the heartland.

The artwork in this book was often quite striking and the atmosphere Greg Ruth created fit perfectly with the tone of the story. However, the story itself left a lot to be desired. The premise was interesting, but the delivery seemed flat. Sadly there wasn't enough time (or issues - as it was a limited run) to put the meat it deserved into the story, which is disappointing because I would have loved to see it develop.

At the end of the day, Heartland is the ghost of all it could have been. But there is a definite feeling of something worthwhile lurking there and I feel the imagery alone is worth three stars.

Who knows, one day it might serve as a storyboard for an interesting film.

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