A few years back, the TV series Heroes got cancelled. Although it had a stellar first season, my opinion is that in season 2 the writer’s strike happened and the show lost a large amount of momentum. By season 4, which I really enjoyed, much of that energy had dissipated somewhat and the show got cancelled with fears that it would never be heard from again. But an announcement today revealed that Heroes will be returning in comic form! For me, this is exciting news! Here’s the release.
SDCC Announcement – NBC’S Heroes Television Series Continues in New Dynamite Comic Book Series, Written by Cullen Bunn
July 16, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite proudly announces a licensing partnership with NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products that will bring back one of the biggest primetime successes of the past decade, the superhuman drama Heroes. Working with Dynamite for the first time, popular writer Cullen Bunn (of Marvel’s Fearless Defenders and Deadpool) will build upon open-ended storylines of the diverse Heroes cast in a completely unexpected way.
Heroes was a beloved weekly drama airing from 2006 through 2010, chronicling the lives of ordinary people whose mysterious superhuman powers led to internal conflicts and government conspiracies. The series featured a star-studded cast, including Hayden Panettiere, Ali Larter, Adrian Pasdar, Milo Ventimiglia, Zachary Quinto, Santiago Cabrera, and Masi Oka. During its first season, Heroes enjoyed an average American viewership of 14.3 million per weekly episode, with a premiere episode that achieved NBC’s highest rating in five years. Critically acclaimed, the show received numerous accolades, including a wealth of Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, People’s Choice and British Academy Television awards and nominations.
“Like so many others, I was a huge fan of Heroes during its original run,” says writer Cullen Bunn. “I was drawn to a cast of characters with interesting back stories and development, a setting boiling over with potential, and — of course — the exploration of superpowers in a ‘real’ world scenario. With this book, I have the opportunity to contribute to the mythology of the series in a way that will surprise readers. When I was watching the show, I never could have imagined the direction I’d be taking the story. The narrative I’m developing will be multi-layered, complex, and character-focused, and it will shake up the Heroes storyline in a major way. I don’t think anyone is expecting what we have in store for Claire, Hiro, Peter, Niki, Sylar, and the rest of the gang.”
Cullen Bunn has written comic books for Oni Press (The Sixth Gun, Helheim, ,em>The Damned, and The Tooth) and Marvel Comics (Fearless Defenders, Deadpool Killustrated, Venom, Wolverine, and Spider-Man: Season One). He also writes short fiction and novels, including the middle reader horror novel, Crooked Hills, and the collection of short horror fiction, Creeping Stones & Other Stories.
What I’m most looking forward to (but also dreading) are the variant covers that will come with this! Being a Dynamite book, we can assume that Alex Ross will be involved somewhere and his take on the cast would be amazing! But I can also anticipate that Tim Sale will do some of the cover art as well, as he actually did the art in the show that character Isaac Mendez created (until he had his head cut open by Spock… I mean Sylar!). Whose story are you most excited about continuing?