Heart in a Box, writer Kelly Thompson (Captain Marvel) & artist Meredith McClaren (Hinges)’s 2015 graphic novel about a woman’s journey to literally collect the pieces of her broken heart, is getting a rerelease from Dark Horse Comics. The new edition of the book will present the story in a larger format, and with additional bonus material not included in the initial release. Now Dark Horse has revealed, exclusively to The Beat, the new cover by McClaren for the second edition of Heart in a Box.
Here’s how Dark Horse describes Heart in a Box:
When the Man with No Name breaks Emma’s heart, she wants to die. But you never die from these things; you just want to. In a moment of weakness, she wishes her broken heart away and a mysterious stranger—who may or may not be totally evil—obliges. But emptiness is even worse than grief, and Emma sets out to collect the seven pieces of her heart spread across the country, a journey that forces her to face her own history and the cost of recapturing it, and leads inevitably to a confrontation with the Man with No Name himself.
In a moment of post-heartbreak weakness, Emma wishes her heart away and a mysterious stranger obliges. But emptiness is even worse than grief, and Emma sets out to collect the seven pieces of her heart, a journey that forces her to face her own history and the cost of recapturing it.
Published under the Dark Horse Originals banner, Heart in a Box was Thompson & McClaren’s first collaboration. The two would go on to work together again on an arc of IDW’s Jem & The Holograms series, for which Thompson was the series writer.
No word yet on a release date for the new edition of Heart in a Box, or on how the new, larger format will compare to the original’s standard 7” by 10” dimensions. If you’re itching to read the story without the new bonus material, though, it’s available digitally right now.