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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; 01 edition (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160309301X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603093019
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zander Cannon writes and draws a fantastic yarn with heart and soul. Thoroughly worth reading!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x971724d4) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e79fe4) out of 5 stars An Interesting Story 2 Feb. 2014
By Richard Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What would you do if you inherited a home and discovered that, in the basement, there is a literal pathway to Hell? And that, further, you can walk that pathway and descend to the Hell of Dante, traverse through its circles and levels and then get back out?

In HECK, the person to whom that happens decides to set up a business, taking messages to and bringing back messages from the dead and damned.

While it's an enjoyable premise, I thought Zander Cannon (artist and writer) might have been a bit blunt with the story, hitting us repeatedly over the head that the main character was in need of redemption and showcasing the ways in which he could gain it. A bit slow at times, but Cannon filled the passing time with a lovely set of drawings, so that helps out.

If you're looking for time to kill and want to see a dedicated professional turning out above-workman like work, you could do worse than HECK.

Look, I know it's not a great recommendation. What can I say? I didn't love it so couldn't give it five stars. I think it's a nice example of professional craft, so I can't give it three stars just because I didn't enjoy it. So four stars it is, and, thus, the review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e7b24c) out of 5 stars Creative, exciting, and told with great storytelling skill! 5 Aug. 2014
By Bob Simpkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Heck is a very creative and well-told yet spare epic that despite its fantastic setting uses an emphasis on character to make its impact - as well as some first-rate command of black-and-white composition and sequential art. The story focuses on Hector Hammarskjold, a former high-school football star grappling with an adult life focused on his past glory, whose father's death leads to a turn of events in which he becomes a kind of private detective who literally travels to hell and back for his clients. Without giving away too much, a new client soon forces Heck to confront his own failings and try to avoid the fate of those he has been seeing around him. While reading it, I was both impressed by Cannon's skill in storytelling and puzzled by the simpler style in which he was drawing - less polished than in past works. At the end, an afterword explains that this was by design, as part of an experiment to work more quickly, the effect of which is to pare the story down to the essentials. Good art and sequential storytelling does not require elaborate illustrations, and Cannon makes this apparent through strong characters and a clear narrative. The setting does grow increasingly fantastic and the imagery is just enough to show this, but it is in his command of the comics medium that he makes Heck effective for the reader. Subtle changes in light and dark, composition, and panel size slow down and speed up the narrative. As the story reached its climax, I found myself turning the pages faster and faster, eager to see what would come next. Heck is not Cannon's best work as an illustrator (by design), but may be some of his best as a storyteller, which in the world of graphic novels is ultimately what is important.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e7b210) out of 5 stars "Heck" of a good read! 23 Sept. 2013
By Rebecca L. Sage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a graphic novel reader typically, but I came across this title and I instantly got sucked into Heck's story. I don't know if there will be more stories about Heck and Elliot and their trips to Hell, but I see the potential for more and I would read them in a heartbeat. Quick read, the story flows well, and the art is a style I prefer being a fan of heavy outlines. Definitely worth checking out.
HASH(0x93e7b7ec) out of 5 stars Recommendation: Helluva Good Story! 5 Mar. 2014
By H. Jeffery Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
From my blog (which says a bit more and provides images):


Just a few days ago, I bought the graphic story Heck, by Zander Cannon, expecting from the blurbs that it would be some sort of adventure story about a descent into Hell, and it is that, but it's also so much more!

The story is -- one might say -- a postmodern retelling of Dante's Inferno, and it's actually an ethically profound story, something that I hadn't anticipated!

The story affirms the virtues of loyalty to friends and courage to protect them, as well as the importance of rejecting various vices that Dante once warned about, but it also shows the difficulty of refraining from succumbing to temptation, due to the power of desire and the weakness of the will.

At the same time, Heck is a helluva good story!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e7b5a0) out of 5 stars Enjoyed the heck out of Heck! 5 Aug. 2014
By Gil Roth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the heck out of Heck! By coincidence, I did my first reading of the Divine Comedy just a few weeks before buying Heck, and loved the way Zander integrated Dante's conception of hell with a modern, pulp perspective. It's a very heartfelt, thought-out piece of art, and while the quick black-and-white art is a departure from the Top 10/Smax work that I've seen from this artist, it's hauntingly effective. Really, it's a wonderful comic.
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