Heart of Thomas Story & Art by Moto Hagio Review
At an all boys’ school in Germany, Thomas’ death weighed heavily on those around him. Around the same time, a mysterious boy appears who will shake Thomas’ school to its very core. As the drama unfolds, how will all these connected people interact? One thing is for certain: at the heart of it all lies Thomas.
Heart of Thomas is nothing short of a masterpiece of LGBT comics. The characters are very well fleshed out, the story is filled with twists and turns, and the art is very well done though very different from modern Japanese comics (the series was created several decades ago). Oddly though, Thomas is more of a background character. True he is the one to set the plot in motion but for long periods of time the book will go without so much as mentioning him.
The ending is particularly frustrating from a romance fan’s standpoint. The story has lots of melodrama though which makes the book hard to put down. In conclusion, Heart of Thomas is a necessary read for those interested in historical comics and is every bit compelling for people simply looking for a good read.
Heart of Thomas is available in English from Fantagraphics Books.