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16 May 2007 @ 02:03 pm
You're totally my hero.  
While I'm finishing my write-up on the latest Heroes, I've actually taken the time to read and reread the online graphic novels. To which I've gathered a compilation of thoughts concerning the backstories of characters, both seen and unseen.


Hana Gitelman. It's a shame that Hana has only appeared in the series for only one episode, because reading up on background story and how Mr. Bennet found her and her motives, she's an endearing character. I like her strength and powerful motivation, her struggle of proving herself to her mother and grandmother's legacy through vengeance. The family background is very nice to see, and gives more insight to Hana's need to become someone; a hero, but not necessarily a superhero with special abilities. Just a regular hero, like her mother and grandmother. In the four-part "Wireless" we see her transformation and struggle of self-identity, and realizing her power and putting it to good use, although it seems that she believes that HRG had done this to her, rather than she probably had it within her the whole time (i.e. her intelligence with computers in the military).

I also liked how there was more to meeting Ted Sprague in "How Do You Stop An Exploding Man?", and her continuing mission of finding the right path for her. Though it's devastating that Hana's journey is about to come to an end with the newest chapter, "The Death of Hana Gitelman". She truly is a strong character who had endured a lot of self-discovery and searching for a meaning in life with her ability, along with the truth. I just wish we could've experienced this in the show. Or, perhaps we just might if Heroes: Origins does justice.

Eden McCain. "Life Before Eden" was a nice backstory to the childhood and development of Eden, or her birth-given name Sarah Ellis, before she came to work for Mr. Bennet and The Company. It does make sense, her dysfunctional family issues and never speaking for fear of causing more problems, and then after all those years of staying silent she finally told off her stepmother. Using her powerful voice of persuasion, she was able to literally send the hateful woman to her grave without realizing the power she possessed. Really humanizes her character and her motive for using that persuasion as often as she did. It's really a morality story, the power of words. When she finally spoke out it made a world a difference then it had when she didn't say anything at all.

In "Fathers and Daughters", Mr. Bennet had expressed his emotions after announcing Eden's death to her deadbeat father. This not only gives light to his relationship with Eden but his overall concern of those he cares about, and his hatred for any parental figure that dislikes and talks trash about their children (henceforth his family man persona and his fatherly love for Claire). Having the Haitian wipe his memory except for the guilt of abandoning Eden was another HRG moment I loved in that chapter. Very true to his character, and I totally see Jack Coleman doing this with powerful passion in his acting if this scene had erupted on television.

Yeah, I miss Eden. But she had sacrificed herself trying to do the heroic thing, so it does her character justice.

Jessica Sanders. I love the Niki/Jessica dynamic. I kind of blame the show's time management for not showing or giving full explanations about what the real deal is with the Sanders family in general, and how it all relates to saving the world. Even in these graphic novels we are given details that the audience already knows, like how DL escaped jail in "Snapshots" and in "Stolen Time" how Jessica managed to steal the money and kill DL's thug buddies and framing him for it. "Stolen Time" retells how Jessica got involved with getting the money for Micah's private school, something that Niki had wanted but obviously couldn't afford. Know what I would really like to see? How exactly is Jessica emerging from Niki; if Niki does have a multiple personality disorder from her guilt over her sister's death that she knows her father had caused it, and that she truly does have superhuman strength but uses the Jessica personality because she's more confident. But how would that explain the images in the mirror? Or is that how she just sees herself, two different people stuck in one body?

As you can tell, I think a wee bit too much about these things. But I honestly do like Niki/Jessica, have ever since the series started. I just wished to have seen more progress and interesting storylines than the back-and-forth same-old thing.

Some other characters that I hope to see in the graphic novels soon: Candice Wilmer, for the obvious of wanting to know more about her past. Where she came from, how she acquired her power and came to work for The Company and Linderman. Also, the big dollar question, what her real appearance is. Background about the "adult generation" of heroes (Mr. Linderman, Angela Petrelli, Kaito Nakamura, etc.) and their involvement together and their knowledge about the explosion and possibly more. Mr. Petrelli, Nathan and Peter's father, and what caused his suicide if it was, indeed, a suicide. More about Sylar's past, especially his childhood growing up.

Of course, these online comics are designed to fit into the timeline of what's happening in the show, sometimes a continuation of missed or cutoff scenes which adds more to what was seen. But nevertheless, there are some interesting things to be explored for numerous of characters and that unless it's to be told through Heroes: Origins, should at least be drawn out in these graphic novels.

By the way, the artwork is seriously freaking gorgeous. I love it.


I think I'm loving this show just a little too much, yes?
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