This insightful collection of essays weighs in on the incredible appeal of the new hit show Heroes and why it has attracted such a diverse and devoted following. Featuring archetypal characters with a twistincluding a time traveler, a painter prophet, a schizophrenic stripper, and an evil villain out to steal the others powersthe show lures viewers in with its fresh interpretation of classic themes and conspiracy theory plots. By examining the history of comic books in film and television, leading television analysts reveal the shows multifaceted influences and shed light on how Heroes reflects its comic book ancestors and modern-day kin such as Lost. The creative mastermind behind the show, Tim Kring, and the intense nature of pop culture fandom are also discussed, with brief episode guides serving as a reminder of the complex web the show is weaving.

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