Heroes Reborn: Collection Two
In this collection, three short stories allow us to delve deeper into the world of Heroes Reborn, a world of average people with superpowers, and two out of these three stories outdo the show.
The first story, “Catch and Kill,” is intriguing, taking us into Luke and Joanne’s daily life as self-appointed Evo hunters, but the manipulator in the story is so poorly conceived that it makes both the author and heroine look foolish, marring the whole affair.
The second story, “Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World,” is dynamite, bridging the gap between the original show and the relaunch. For new fans or old, this is wonderful stuff, restoring Claire as the backbone of the universe.
The third story, “A Long Way From Home” is a well-executed world-builder, giving us new characters to root for that have a role to play in the greater narrative. You can’t go wrong with a good prison drama, and adding superpowers (even woefully meager ones) only makes it better.
Stronger than the first collection by far, Heroes Reborn: Collection Two is only hampered by the misfire in the first story. Otherwise, this would’ve been a five-star review.
Duane Swierczynski • Keith R. A DeCandido • Kevin J. Anderson • Peter J. Wacks