SDCC’13: Heroes returns… to comics

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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, 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.

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About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

About NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group:

NBCUniversal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group manages all global ancillary television business endeavors for the NBCUniversal Television Group, including third-party home entertainment distribution, consumer products, musical soundtracks, special markets projects and www.nbcuniversalstore.com. For the latest product updates and an overview of the properties managed by the group, visit the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products portal at http://nbcuconsumerproducts.com.

via Dynamite Entertainment