Bookshelf Building: Zander Cannon’s Heck

Heck by Zander Cannon was first available for purchase in digital format from Double Barrel before being collected in a hardcover edition. It is a fantastic story that revolves around Hector Hammarskjöld, known as Heck, a former high school football hero that ran as far away from home as possible once high school was over and only returned for his father’s funeral. Heck runs into old classmates and inherits his father’s estate. Upon going back to the old house, Heck feels a lingering bad air. One of the classmates, Elliot, falls down and exposes the reason: a portal to Hell.

Stylistically, Heck gives off a pulpy-action comic feel mixed with the adventure elements of Tintin and Johnny Quest. Heck switches tones from hilariously funny to heartrendingly sincere moments that will leave you wanting more. The journey Heck takes through Hell is certainly a physical one, but it is also a journey of self discovery. Heck is great at face value but is even greater when you see the journey as a representation of responsibility, loyalty, penitence, friendship, and heartache.

Artistically, the best way I can describe it is: what would happen if Charles Schultz’s and Chester Gould’s styles combined and drew a Doc Savage comic book? That is to say, this book is more at home with the Sunday funnies than the Avengers or Justice League and that’s part of its charm. I find it hard to imagine this book being drawn any other way than it is, because it just wouldn’t work. Cannon’s depiction of Hell is quite possibly one of the most interesting I’ve seen in a long time, if not ever, and you can feel the emotion that went into it.

As you can probably tell, I’m trying so hard not to give away too many details. It’s a great, quick read that will tickle your funny bone and tug at your heart strings and has great, relatable characters. The only problem: it just ends too soon.

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Joseph Torres, a mysterious character who aids the forces of law and order, is in reality, Lamont Cranston, wealthy young man-about-town. He is a Marvel News Reporter for Capeless Crusader and aspiring comic book writer. His favorite Big Two comic book characters are Marvel’s Moon Knight and DC’s The Flash. If you want to reach him for something pertaining to reviews or comic news, or, heck, to argue who’d win in a fight between comic book characters you can contact him at jtorres3186@gmail.com.