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Heart in a Box

The only way to avoid heartbreak is to be heartless . . .

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 leads inevitably to a confrontation with the Man With No Name himself.

  • For fans of Scott Pilgrim!

  • Written by novelist Kelly Thompson (Jem & the Holograms, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps)!

  • Art by astounding newcomer Meredith McClaren (Hinges, Hopeless Savages)!

“Fresh, daring and intensely (yes) heartfelt, Heart In A Box announces the arrival of some serious new talents. Thompson and McClaren have crafted something special here.”

—Scott Snyder, Eisner Award-winning writer of Batman, American Vampire, and The Wake

“Emma’s story is perfectly drawn and heartbreakingly written. Meredith McClaren's beautiful artwork combined with Kelly Thompson’s subtle writing breaks open a story of charged emotion and humanity.”

—Faith Erin Hicks, creator of Friends With Boys and Adventures of Superhero Girl

“As a huge fan of both Thompson and McClaren, I thought I knew what to expect from Heart in a Box, but I underestimated the magic of their combined strengths. This story sparkles, yearns and crackles, strains against its own seams—beautiful to look at and crushingly poignant.”

—Jen Van Meter, writer of Hopeless Savages and The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage

Heart in a Box demands to be devoured. Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren deliver a knockout of a page-turner—the kind of rousing yet sensitive read that tickles and twists the gut. A masterclass in visual storytelling I can’t wait to revisit!”

—Brenden Fletcher, writer of Batgirl, Black Canary, and Gotham Academy

• Dark Horse Originals is where comics’ most innovative creators spin their most original visions!

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Kelly Thompson
Meredith McClaren
Cover Artist:
Meredith McClaren
Release date: Sept. 30, 2015
Imprint: Dark Horse Originals
Series: Heart in a Box
Pages: 150
Ages: 16+


Kelly Thompson
Meredith McClaren
Cover Artist:
Meredith McClaren
Dark Horse Originals
Action/Adventure, Dark Horse Originals, Fantasy
Release date:
Sept. 30, 2015