The big news just keeps on coming out of San Diego. In what could be called a case of art imitating art, according to a USA Today article, the hit NBC TV series “Heroes” can soon be seen and enjoyed in another medium besides television. No, there’s not going to be a “Heroes” feature film. At least not yet. Instead, as befitting a TV series concerning ordinary people with exteraordinary powers and abilities who struggle to save a city from impending destruction, the series will soon make its debut this fall as a graphic novel published by DC Comics.
According to the article, the new book will be a collection of the 43 comic-book vignettes featured at the “Heroes” website throughout last season and will mark the first time this art has ever been available anywhere else except online. The collection will be available first in hardcover, with softcover versions to follow, and features work by such comic book industry notables as Michael Turner, Marcus To, Mitch Gunnell and Phil Jimenez. The new book will also feature original covers by comic-book superstars Alex Ross and Jim Lee drawn especially for it release.
In addition, comics fans can also expect contributions from “Batman” and “Superman” artist Tim Sale, who provided more than 50 paintings for the series. Sale’s eerie and prophetic paintings are used to depict visions of a possible future the show’s Heroes must fight to prevent, as painted on the show by fallen Hero Isaac Mendez – sadly killed my the murderous Sylar during the first season of the show.
“Heroes” series creator Tim Kring, by his own admission not a huge comic book fan, was nonetheless thrilled about the news of the soon-to-be-released book. In a statement issued today, the Creator/Executive Producer called the upcoming DC book “a dream come true.”