Graphic Novel ARC Review: Heart & Hustle: Foretold by Heath Amodio

*I was given a copy of Hustle & Heart: Foretold in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Oni Press and everyone involved in the making of this graphic novel*


A year after the mysterious death of his wife, Professor Derek Flynn finds himself waking up, as if from a blackout, in the middle of a catastrophic and fatal disaster. Derek has no idea how he got there, but what’s even more inexplicable is that this has become a common occurrence. In fact, Derek has been lying to his estranged teenage daughter, Casey, about his puzzling disappearances for months. Desperate to get to the bottom of what’s happening to him, Derek reaches out to psychologist Alice Meyers seeking help to recognize the terrifying visions that haunt his dreams: imminent disasters, both natural and manmade, that Derek now feels he is somehow integral to. But with the FBI catching on to his connection with these disastrous events, a manhunt begins, and Derek finds himself tangled in a perplexing web. 

Stuck between being a fugitive and a messiah, and on the run in his pursuit for the truth, Derek will discover that there are no such things as coincidences. 


This ARC has been sat on my to be read for quite some time and I was super excited to finally get around to it. That excitement quickly died when I opened the first page. The artwork on the cover looks nothing like what is inside. Which is very sad as the cover is what made me want to read this. I actually really don’t like the art style (no offence to the artist, this is just my personal preference) it wasn’t anything special and I feel like I’ve seen it many times before. 

Straight away you are thrown into the story, which sometimes is a good thing. This was not one of those times. It caused a lot of confusion for me and it made it difficult for me to concentrate as I had no idea what was going on. Some parts are cleaned up during this volume, but personally, I don’t think it was paced well. A revelation is made but not enough detail is given. I kind of understood what was happening but not why it was happening. Unfortunately, this meant I had no connection to any of the characters, so I didn’t care what happened to any of them.

You learn absolutely nothing about any of these characters. The main character, whose name I can’t remember despite finishing this about 10 minutes ago at the time of writing this review, wakes up in strange places and was present at the time of his wife’s death. He also has a daughter who is angry, and that is all I know. 

I understand that you don’t want to give everything away in the first volume, but what you did give me, hasn’t made me want to continue the series.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

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