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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wildstorm (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401217117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401217112
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Although essentially a tie-in to a pop culture hit, this graphic novel isn't bad. Conceived as an integral part of the popular TV show, the book collects a series of weekly online comics that appeared right along with the TV show. The comics are used to skillfully introduce both new characters and equally engrossing plot lines into the Heroes story, and they offer background info that supplements what's on TV. Heroes is the story of a group of otherwise normal people spread around the world, who have extraordinary—and potentially destructive—powers they often barely understand. These special people are hunted down by both a mysterious organization and a superpowered serial killer. The comic follows the show's major characters, but also introduces new ones, like Hana Gitelman, known as Wireless, who can literally hear digital communication transmissions; the comic also provides background on politician Nathan Petrelli and the mysterious Linderman that takes them back to the Vietnam War. Produced by a long list of prominent creators, the art is inconsistent, ranging from competent to excellent (War Buddies and Tim Sale's 9th Wonder covers shine) and is held together by the rich color production. An impressively readable melding of TV and comics storytelling. (Nov.)
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Highly recommended for fans of the HEROES television show.
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The book begins with several self-contained stories, that do fill in the gaps in the show and provide additional layers to several of the characters.
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As usual, Alex Ross does an amazing job with the cover art and shows the characters in photographic realism.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'll give a lot of credit to Wildstorm and DC Comics for their thinking outside the box with the creation of the Heroes webcomic, 9TH Wonders. It added an enormous amount of material and depth to the sprawling series about real people with amazing abilities living amongst us. The graphic novel collects thirty-four installments of the online comic and tosses in some hot extras as well.

The webcomic in theory fills in the gaps between episodes and while it does do that, it also does much more. The chapters are each five to seven pages in length, including the covers. A word about the covers...they are designed to look like well-beaten Silver Age comics, complete with tears and creases and carrying a "Helix Comics" label. Readers will recognize many of the Tim Sale covers, which were used in the shows in the form of the paintings of Isaac Mendez. A nice touch is having the covers increase in price from 12 cents to 20 cents along the way. But...is it just me or did the covers look a heckuva a lot like old Marvel Comics Silver Age books than DC? The imprint label and even the typeface of "9th Wonders" on the covers was very much in the style of Marvel's old monster and sci-fi comics of the 50's and early 1960's. There's even a Heroes value stamp at the end of the book and any Marvel fan during the 70's certainly recalls those letter column collectibles. I found that to be rather curious.

The book begins with several self-contained stories, that do fill in the gaps in the show and provide additional layers to several of the characters. We will see Hiro's inspiration for becoming, well...a hero; shortly after denying his powers to his brother, Nathan Petrelli must use them to rescue a young child from a burning building; D.L.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on January 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
HEROES: VOLUME ONE is a collection of 9th Wonders webcomics that appeared on the NBC official HEROES site during the initial run of the first season of the television show. The 34 comics contained in HEROES: VOLUME ONE fill in the gaps between some of the storylines of the first season of HEROES as well as provide complete background information for a character that was only briefly seen on the show (Hana Gitelman, aka Wireless). Each of the comics are only about six pages long and it only takes about an hour to read the entire book.

The thing I found most impressive about the book is the artwork. Each of the chapters include a cover of the fictional 9th WONDERS comic book, some of which were seen in the television show drawn by the character of Isaac Mendez, which in real life were drawn by artistic geniuses of Tim Sale and Dave Stewart. The illustrations in the book include a variety of styles and are very well done.

Some of the stories the book examines include Hiro's special relationship with his grandfather; how D.L. Hawkins (Micah's father) escaped from prison; the first time Matt Parkman used his powers to fight crime; the first prophetic painting of Isaac Mendez; what happened to Ted Sprague after he first began going atomic; and the story of how Mr. Petrelli Mr. Linderman first met. The book also includes a long multi-part story about Hana Gitelman and her importance in the Heroes first battle against the forces of evil and Noah Bennet's plans to bring the Company down.

The table of contents is illustrated as a series of ads that were once popular in comics and children's magazines, such as BOY'S LIFE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Ehrenberg on November 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Any fan of Heroes would be doing themselves a huge favor by picking up this graphic novel. This book contains a pretty large assortment of short stories that take place in the Heroes world. Not only do the stories contained give us a lot of nice backstory on the main characters from the show, but they also shed some light on a few of the minor characters such as Hana and Eden. With a few minor exceptions, the stories are well written for being so short and are beautifully illustrated. Speaking of "beautifully illustrated", check out the sweet Alex Ross cover... It's worth the price alone just to look pretty on your bookshelf!

If you've never watched the show before, then you may not appreciate this book so much. In fact, you probably won't understand what is going on at all... So do yourself a favor and buy the first season DVD set Heroes - Season One, and then come back and buy this awesome companion to the show. If you are a fan of DC or Marvel comics you will NOT be dissapointed by the show, and you will definitely LOVE this book!
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