Writer : Garth Ennis
Artist : Steve Dillon
Set in Belfast, and featuring Kit Ryan (John Constantineís ex-girlfriend) as the lead character, Heartland
offers a look at day to day life in Northern Ireland as well as a family on the brink of destruction. The central
story is based on the conflict between Kit and her youngest sister, Bernadette and the events which transpired between
them and their troubled father. Kitís father was a drunk and abusive to his wife - with little time for any of his family save his
youngest daughter - Bernadette. A constant level of tension ran through the Ryan household till one faithful
night, after being barred from his local, Kitís father came home early.
Life in Northern Ireland
Following a stupid accident with a teapot, he looses his head and starts to beat his wife - when his children try
to intervene he knocks them aside. Kit snaps and stabs her father in the cheek - leaving him stunned and
bleeding on the floor. Bernadette, still a young child, raced to her fatherís side. Kitís father continued his
drinking and eventually ended up in hospital - passing away with only Bernadette at his side. These old
tensions come to the fore when Kit gets caught making a move on Bernadetteís boyfriend. All hell breaks
loose and vicious words are exchanged.
No synopsis can really do this comic book justice - itís almost undoubtedly Garth Ennisí finest hour as a
writer and Steve Dillonís rendition of Belfast is excellent (matching his depiction of Dublin back in
HellBlazer #76). Despite Constantineís absence, this is amongst the best HellBlazer stories ever written.