Vault Comics has announced Hollow Heart, a queer horror story from Paul Allor and Paul Tucker.
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.
“Empathy is a tool and a burden and a gift,” said Allor in a press release from Vault Comics. “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,” continues Allor. “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.”
Hollow Heart #1 arrives in February 2021.