Sunday, November 9, 2014

Real Heroes #4

   To enjoy this series, you first have to be patient.

   That's because Real Heroes is published (more or less) every other month. It makes it a bit of a challenge to remember the twists and turns of the plot, but each issue does a good job of recapping the "story so far," so it's easy to get your bearings.

   The best reason to buy this series is for the art by Bryan Hitch (he also handles the writing) - it's amazingly detailed and fleshed out with the semblance of reality, with spectacular layouts and larger-than-life events and characters.

    The idea is an interesting one: a group of actors who play super-heroes in Hollywood are taken to an alternate Earth, where they are recruited to play the part of those same heroes, who are real on this planet.

   They quickly find themselves under attack by a massive monster, huge robots - and they're quickly scattered. But there's a lot more to this story than we see at first, and there are several twists and turns along the way.

   The story's only flaw is that it's covering some familiar ground - this issue touches on the same solution that Millar and Hitch used in an issue of Fantastic Four, for example.    

   But despite that, the story and characters have a fresh feel and a different approach to the typical superhero comic.

   I'll reserve final judgement for the end of this story arc, but so far, I'm enjoying this series. Recommended!

Grade: A-


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