When last we saw Oren, he had just gotten the crap beat out of him. In the final issue of the series, we find out how having his clock thoroughly and completely cleaned effects him and how or if he gets back on his feet again.
This entire series has been a wonderful character study from start to finish. The fact that the study was on a character that probably isn’t the first choice for many to fill the role of protagonist. Oren was pretty much a royal jerkface the entire series, his jerkiness growing with every MMA match he won. But with a title like “Heart”, I kept expecting him to show a little in some form or another. So while the route Butler takes with Oren at the end maybe considered the “Feel Good” ending, I honestly wasn’t expecting it and that turn surprised me.
Suffice to say, Oren doesn’t take losing well. At all. Of course, it probably doesn’t help ease such a huge disappointment in a society like ours that makes reveling in the failure of others a sport onto itself. But, again, I kept thinking that he’d find he did have his heart in the sport and that he wouldn’t let a loss like that stunt his progression in it. I kept thinking he was going to have a lightbulb moment about how he had just been lucky in his wins because you could tell he was coasting on arrogance and bravado.
Turns out, this was a character study in having heart of a different kind and it was well worth the read.
Not only was Butler’s writing inspiring for a wannabe comic creator like me, but Mellon’s artwork was as well. His style was perfectly matched with Butler’s writing, and it was consistant through all four issues. This might betray the fact that I’m a huge art nerd, but his sense of anatomy was refreshing in a field that, in recent times, isn’t exactly known for employing artists who know what a human body in motion looks like. The action was always extremely kinetic, believeable and exciting, and the more introspective moments were still physical but in a sutble way. His use of body language and facial expressions is definitely to be commended.