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Heroes, Vol. 1
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2008
This book reprints 34 "comic books" based on the TV show Heroes. These comics were originally published on the internet, and are very short, generally being five pages long. They tell additional stories about the characters on the show, which provide more info about them. The stories (by various creators) are generally well written, and the artwork is fantastic. It's very interesting if you are a Heroes fan, but if you aren't, you won't be the least bit interested in this.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2007
I'll be brief. I am very pleased that the webcomics are now in print as I just don't enjoy reading comics online, but there's been a lot of focus - in the ad copy I've seen - on the inclusion of Tim Sale's art from the show. Well, there are a few pieces of his work, mostly as covers to comic books as Isaac's character in the show would have used them, but I was really expecting a sort of gallery of all the paintings featured in the first season. I love the book, don't get me wrong, but I'm very disappointed by what seems a deliberate attempt at false advertisting just to get more people to buy this book. Now they'll probably release a limited edition Tim Sale oversized collection in the $50-$75 range. Too bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2007
If you're a devoted fan of the show Heroes, you will love this collection of short comic stories. Each adds something to the Heroes storyline and develops the characters further (for example, one of the stories reveals that Hiro was named after Hiroshima, making his desire to stop 'the bomb' all the more understandable).

This collection may be a little confusing if you haven't watched every episode of the show, as there is little continuity between the short stories presented here. A few do fit together to form larger stories but for the most part they are short scenes that fill in holes from the tv series.

This is also worth getting for reproductions of Tim Sale's artwork from the show- used here as 'cover art' for the fictional 9th Wonders comic strip.
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As a longtime fan of comics I was intrigued by the Heroes mini comics that they released on their website. I read then for a few weeks but I am not very diligent with keeping up with online subscriptions or weekly releases and eventually forgot about them. As such I was happy to see these released in print form.
First off, every artist in the book did an excellent job. Every story is drawn well and eloquently written. Unfortunately the characters that are newly introduced or had just small parts in the TV series can seem somewhat 2 dimensional. You can't really get acquainted with the characters and, thus, have a hard time becoming immersed in the stories. This may have alot to do with the format with which they were released.
All in all this is a good book which will give you a better look into the Heroes Universe (Lindeman and Anthony Petrelli's 1st meeting) just don't be expecting any "necessary" plot twists.
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on August 6, 2011
I had heard a lot about how this book filled in the details, making a lot of background story for the show make a lot of sense and filling in plot holes spectacularly. It is a bit of a shame, though, that there couldn't have been even more stories included in this book. It was a very fast read, and while just as bloody as the show itself, it certainly did a lot with what little it had to work with. I'm only hoping that the Generations graphic novel is that much better.
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on December 3, 2008
This booked helped to fill in some of the gaps left by the show, and at the same time raised some new ones. I recommend this book to die hard fans of the heroes series. You will not get the full experience if you don't pick it up.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2008
i'm a huge fan of the tv show, heroes. and i love illustrated books. so i was pretty stoked when friends gave me this gorgeous book for christmas.

the chapters in this book (each very short) were created, originally, as web comix for the show's site. they were developed prior to and concurrently with the show's script development. as a result, they're complimentary to the show, as opposed to merely being a recap of the first season. there are characters who aren't in the show, and scenes with the show's characters that aren't in the tv episodes.

that said, this book would be almost impossible to follow for someone who didn't see the show.

the illustrations are stunning, and i really enjoyed it. but, ultimately, it's a book for fans of the tv series.
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