Vault Comics Announces New Queer Horror ‘Hollow Heart’

by Olly MacNamee

Letterer Paul Allor turns his hand to writing for Vault Comics and his newly announced series Hollow Heart. Joining him on art is Paul Tucker and comes with another one of Vault Comics’ Vault Vintage variant covers by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays tribute to Frank Miller and Paul Rubenstein’s legendary cover to Rom: Space Knight #1.

“‘Hollow Heart’ reunites the two Tet creators for a queer monster love story about the choices we make between giving our loved ones what they want and giving them what we think they need. 

‘Hollow Heart’ follows EL, who used to be human, but now he’s a jumble of organs in a bio-suit. El is also in tremendous pain and has been for a very long time. Hope arrives in the form of Mateo, a mechanic brought in to work on EL’s suit. Mateo sees EL in a way no one else ever has. And what’s more: Mateo offers EL an escape.”

What’s more, this new series boosts Vault Comics’ Autumnal publishing initiative, Nightfall, into a  year-round publishing imprint bring you horror comics on a more regular basis.

As well as a preview of the debut issue, Allor included a statement about this new book:

“Empathy is a tool and a burden and a gift. When we see someone in a state of joy, we feel our own spirits lifted; and when we see someone in pain, we realize their pain is hurting us, as well.”

There are countless stories about people with a pathological lacking in empathy, distorting their view of the people around them. But Hollow Heart is about what happens when a largesse of empathy does the same thing. It’s about the overwhelming desire to relieve someone’s burden, and how that desire can warp our view of someone, transforming them from a complex being with conflicting wants and desires, into something more abstract: a person defined only be their pain, and by the need to remove it.”

Homage cover by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel

Artist, Paul Tucker, also dared his thoughts on this new book ahead of the preview:

“One of my favorite experiences watching a film is when a character arrives on screen and without saying a word, I am already in their corner. I’m rooting for them and feeling what they feel. I find this all the more effective when the actor is someone I’m not familiar with – no baggage attached.”

“Creating comics gives me a chance to ‘cast an unknown’ for every new project. I can put down lines on paper and find that connection, regardless of the characters background or behavior,” continued Tucker. “The creation is an empathetic act. With Hollow Heart this process becomes meta, as it reflects the book’s main theme. Hollow Heart is indeed about empathy, and more crucially it explores the dangers of empathy.”  Hollow Heart #1 hits store shelves in February 2021 from Vault Comics..

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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