Heroes: Volume One (Heroes Graphic Novels) by Tim Sale, Jim Lee, Michael Layne Turner

heroes  lindaj  Review by:  Linda J.

Title: Heroes: Volume One (Heroes Graphic Novels)

Authors:  Tim Sale, Jim Lee, Michael Layne Turner

Collection:  Teen Books


I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the TV show “Heroes”.  The TV show was written around a comic book and so a graphic novel just makes sense.  There are thirty four complete stories inside this book based on the characters in the TV show.  The paintings used as props on the television show are included in this book before each chapter.  The novel is a ‘between the scenes’ look at the TV show.  It goes beyond what people saw on the screen and enhances their experience.  But you don’t have to have seen the program to enjoy this book.  Everybody will enjoy the exciting story about modern day heroes who use their special powers to save the world.

I would also recommend this book to manga fans.  I was impressed by the forward written by the Japanese actor, Masi Oka, who plays Hiro Nakamura on the show.  He talks about the impact of comics or Manga in Japan and how Japanese business men would get the latest installments of their favorite manga magazines and read all the way home on the subways and buses.

There is an interview at the end between the executive producer, Jeph Loeb, and the series writers, Aron Eli Coleite and Joe Pokaski.  The interview gives the reader (and the series watcher) extra value for their buck!  We find out this book is the result of an online comic series.  They worked in cooperation with the creator of the television series to produce a weekly Webcomic.  This book is well written and well thought out, and if one is not careful, they just might learn something new!

This blurb is from Amazon.com:


Written by Aron Eli Coleite, Chuck Kim, Joe Pokaski, Oliver Grigsby, Pierluigi Cothran, Andrew Chambliss, Harrison Wilcox, Jesse Alexander, Christopher Zatta, Mark Warshaw and others Art by Phil Jimenez, Michael Turner, Koi Turnbull, Marcus To, Peter Steigerwald, David Moran, Micah Gunnell, Travis Kotzebue, Jordan Kotzebue, Jason Badower, Staz Johnson, Steve Lejeune, Adam Archer, Mark Roslan and others Cover by Alex Ross This stunning softcover edition collects the amazing online comics based on the smash-hit, Emmy Award-nominated NBC show HEROES! This volume – featuring two stunning covers by comics legends Jim Lee and Alex Ross – also includes an introduction by Masi Oka (Hiro), all 34 chapters of Season One, and Tim Sale’s artwork as seen on the show. The comics included have been written and illustrated by some of comics’ and television’s top writers and artists, including Michael Turner, Phil Jimenez, Marcus To, and more!

This blurb is from the Heroes Wiki:

Much of the design of the collection is credited to JG Roshell of Comicraft. He decided to follow the basic design of 9thWonders.com, making the interior look like the “classic silver age comics, including aging the pages as if the comics have been around for years.” To prevent the long list of credits from being boring, he made the credits look like “those old classified ads for x-ray specs and whatnot” with clip art from Mostly Happy Clip Art of the 30’S, 40’S, and 50’s. The introduction is made to look like a “Bullpen Bulletins” page, and the interview at the end is designed to look like a letters column. The chapters are divided by Tim Sale‘s art from the show, presented as fake “covers” to 9th Wonders! comics.


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