Waiting on Wednesday: Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks


Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine in which we highlight a title we’re looking forward to reading. You can find their website here.

I love comics. I love manga and American style and the works. So, while I can’t remember the exact moment that I added this book to my to-be-read list, upon reading the description, I sure can tell you why I added it.



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Published: 12 February 2019

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Category: Young Adult/Graphic Novels/Sequential Art

A sweet, funny contemporary teen romance for the inner geek in all of us from graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks.

Miriam’s family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that’s what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn’t have enough to worry about, Miriam’s life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam’s grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.

In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love).

I haven’t heard a lot about Comics Will Break Your Heart which seems a real shame. The author/artist behind it, Faith Erin Hicks, has done some amazing work. Among her published works is her current series, The Nameless City, now being released by First Second, a graphic novels company after my own heart.

The plot behind Faith’s new series is inspired by a classic Shakespearean tale, but who knows? There’s a lot more at play here than the general R&J outline. There’s the possibility of young love, sure, but also poverty, resentment, justice, and an art form that Miriam and the grandson of her family’s enemy just might be able to bond over. So many angles, so much to choose from, I don’t know where Faith’s going to take this book.

I’m hoping to see a lot of depth from Miriam’s side of the family. I know there’s going to be a lot of heartbreak and probably more than a little bitterness, which from the look of things sounds rightfully earned. But who knows? Is there another side to it? Another truth, as it were? What is the co-creator’s story? Stories change throughout generations and I’m sure there’s going to be explanations galore or something of the sort. What kind though? What are these kids and their families going to have to go through to find peace?

February seems like such a long time away, but with the speed that 2018 seems to be passing, I think we’ll be there before we know it and devouring this book.






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6 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

  1. I don’t know much about sequential art because my country isn’t that accessible to all, it may be but the cost is way too much. And Comics Will Break Your Heart sounds really intriguing. Maybe, could score one through publishers and galleys.

    Yes, with the pace that 2018 is moving I have no doubt it’ll be February in a jiff.

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    1. I hope you can. Comics is a great medium, though I can see how it would be more expensive that traditional publishing. Even black and white art is more intense than “just” printed words. Fingers crossed you get the chance to read some. 🙂


      1. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love was wonderful. I really enjoyed Now a Major Motion Picture, Chaotic Good, Kat and Meg Conquer the World, The Pros of Cons, and The Truth Lies Here come to mind.

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