DC Comics has acquired the rights to take the online Heroes comics, that gave readers a deeper glimpse into the characters from the hit NBC series, and collect them in a hardcover collection.
I’ve already downloaded the 43 Adobe PDF files from the Heroes website, and these are pretty good reads. But because these are online, graphic heavy, and you have to remember to go to the website each week to get the latest installment, I think a bound edition of the issues is a great idea.
In addition to the online strip by artists including Michael Turner, Marcus To, Mitch Gunnell and Phil Jimenez, the book will feature new covers by comic-book superstars Alex Ross and Jim Lee.
Also included will be art by Tim Sale.
An official announcement will be made later today by DC at the SDCC.
The complete Press Release follows after the jump.
New York, NY (7/26/07) – DC Comics, the world’s largest English language comic book publisher and home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman announced plans to publish a hardcover collection of graphic novels based on NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated “Heroes,” the #1 new series on television for the 2006-2007 season, from executive producer-creator Tim Kring (NBC’s “Crossing Jordan”). The stories, which mark the first printed graphic novel adaptation of the show, were originally created for and new chapters continue to be exclusively available on NBC’s “Heroes” website. The collection will also feature the artwork of legendary comic book artist Tim Sale (“Batman: The Long Halloween”), whose work was featured prominently throughout the first season of the series through the visuals created by a drug-addled painter with apocalyptic visions of the future.
The book is slated to reach stores this fall and will be published under DC’s WildStorm imprint. It is developed through a licensing agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group.
“We are very excited to be releasing the compilation of “Heroes” comics through DC Comics. Until now, most of these stories have only been available on NBC.com. To have this first printing coming from DC, the premier publisher of comic books, is a dream come true,” said Tim Kring, creator-executive producer, “Heroes.”
From creator/writer Tim Kring (NBC’s “Crossing Jordan”) comes the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated “Heroes,” an epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. In its first season, “Heroes” has been honored with a People’s Choice Award, an AFI Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and this year’s TV Land Future Classic Award, as well as nominations at the Golden Globe Awards, NAACP Image Awards, WGA Awards and Satellite Awards.
They include a genetics professor (Sendhil Ramamurthy, Blind Guy Driving) in India who is led by his father’s disappearance to uncover a secret theory – that there are people with super powers living among us. Also featured are a young dreamer (Milo Ventimiglia, Gilmore Girls) who tries to convince his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar, Judging Amy) that he can fly. A high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere, Ice Princess) learns that she is totally indestructible while trying to relate to her father (Jack Coleman, Dynasty) who has a keen interest in people with special abilities. A Las Vegas single mother (Ali Larter, Final Destination) struggles to make ends meet to support her young son (Noah Gray-Cabey, My Wife & Kids) and discovers that her mirror image has a secret. In addition, a fugitive from justice (Leonard Roberts, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) continues to baffle authorities. A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera, Empire), whose drug addiction is destroying his life and relationship with his girlfriend (Tawny Cypress, Third Watch), and whose paintings, done specifically for the show by comic book artist Tim Sale, open a visual gateway to a possible dark future. A down-on-his-luck Los Angeles beat cop (Greg Grunberg, Alias) can hear people’s thoughts, which puts him on the trail of an elusive serial killer. In Japan, a young man (Masi Oka, NBC’s Scrubs) develops a way to stop time through sheer will power.
Joining Kring as executive producer are Dennis Hammer (NBC’s Crossing Jordan), Allan Arkush (NBC’s Crossing Jordan) and Greg Beeman (Smallville). The drama is produced by Universal Media Studios in association with Tailwind Productions.
Tim Sale will be appearing at the “Heroes” booth at the San Diego International Comic-Con to sign paintings from the series on display on Wednesday, July 25 from 8:00 – 8:30pm, and he will be signing at the DC Comics booth at the San Diego International Comic-Con on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 5:30pm and Saturday, July 28, from 4 – 5pm.