Freaks Of The Heartland

August 8, 2005 | Trades

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Freaks Of The Heartland
Steve Niles, Greg Ruth
Dark Horse Books
$17.95 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

Steve Niles is very quickly becoming the go-to guy for the best in horror comics.
With sleeper hits like 30 Days Of Night and Criminal Macabre under his belt (both of which are being developed into feature films), Niles has shown a flair for getting inside the nature of fear.
This skill is taken to a more chilling level than ever with Freaks Of The Heartland, a story of a group of, well, freaks, who make a bold dash for freedom after years of oppression and cruelty — at the hands of their parents.
The central duo of this collection is Trevor, a seemingly average little boy, and Will, his monstrously deformed, but kind-hearted little brother. The interplay between the two is touching and wrought with the kind of emotion sadly uncommon to horror. It’s like Of Mice And Men — but with freaks.
Taking this book to an even higher level is the breathtaking art of Greg Ruth, whose lush, detailed art and moody colouring serves to greatly heighten the emotion of this moving story.

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