01/01/2009. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
(US), $34.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-84586-109-0 (UK), 978-1-4012-1915-3 (US).
check out website: www.titanbooks.comand www.dccomics.com and www.nbc.com/Heroes/novel
This is becoming a welcome annual event with the second volume of collected tales snippets hooked into the TV series adventures of 'Heroes' that have been appearing on the Internet this past year. If you've been reading parts 35-80 on-line and wish you had a definitive copy of the strips, then this book is what you need. If you missed out on the first year, then 'Heroes Volume One' can still be bought.
As there are official links to the TV series, then the material in this book has to be regarded as canon and it fills in a lot of details. There's a tale showing why Bennet wears horn-rimmed glasses and even who chose them for him. Hint: don't let your daughter Claire pick for you in future. Practically all the minor characters get their chance in the sun here, About the only ones who aren't are the Petrollis (although references are made), Parkman and Sylar although granted they were all doing most of the action on TV in the first place or whereabouts unknown at the time. Saying that, Hiro, his family and Ando get a lot of space this time...literally time.
Probably the best way to describe this is that the TV series shows everything put together and like a sandwich where the jam is squeezed out, the comicbook stories picks up on the bits that fall on the floor. Only, they weren't supposed to fall on the floor, but scrapped up and made into useful background detail. The creators, of which there are many, included in these '9th Wonders!' tales drop in other super-powered beings that fill in other gaps and let you speculate on how long this kind of thing has been going on. Was Benjamin Franklin an early hero although if as the current season portrays that the powers are given by taking a drug then how did that happen?
There are so many writers and artists involved in this book that it would fill over a quarter of a page just to get them all in. The best way to say is that the standard is extremely high with a variety of exceptional work that it's impossible to pick out any one team.
Every time I think I ought to mention something here, I end up thinking spoiler and I don't want to do too much of that. There's a wealth of information here and its scattered across the Heroes reality, both now and in the past. Everything gets touched on. It's the kind of reference guide that any 'Heroes' fan is going to read, go away from and then go back to for those little details that are filled in that couldn't get on the box. Great stuff.
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