Heartbreakers

 HEAR   (Dark Horse, 1996)

™ and ©1996 Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett

(From The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide)

There’s a complex backstory to Heartbreakers, resulting from previous appearances in Dark Horse Presents (#50–52, #100), but don’t let that bother you. Step right into the shoot-out starting the first issue. The lead characters are two clones of a now dead biogeneticist, each reflecting aspects of her personality. Vector has the scientific mind and Queenie is aggressive and adaptable, which is just as well since there’s a corporation on their tails wanting to study the remnants of their creator’s work. There’s also a growing movement to remove the second-class status accorded clones on Earth. Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan weave a tautly plotted and absorbing tale, while Guinan’s art is extremely appealing. His story-telling is compact, expressively portraying the characters without resorting to exploitation or exaggeration, and such is the dominance of his style that Lenin Delsol, pencilling the final two issues from layouts, meshes seamlessly. Fast-paced and engaging, shame on Dark Horse for letting this sit on the shelf for years. ~FP

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#1

  4/1/1996
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Trina Robbins pinup; Ron Randall pinupAnina Bennett, Paul GuinanPaul Guinan, Trina Robbins, Ron Randall

#2

  5/1/1996
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Alex Ross pinup; Matt Haley pinupAnina Bennett, Paul GuinanPaul Guinan, Alex Ross, Matt Haley

#3

  6/1/1996
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 Anina Bennett, Paul GuinanLenin Delsol, Paul Guinan, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Jill Thompson

#4

  7/1/1996
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Final Issue; Matt Wagner pinup; Tony Akins pinupAnina Bennett, Paul GuinanPaul Guinan, Lenin Delsol, Matt Wagner, Tony Akins