Heroes Volume 1: El Vengador

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In the Heroes universe, many people have remarkable superhuman abilities. These people are known as Evos, and one of them is using his powers to defend the innocent in an underprivileged neighborhood. Mixing the masked superhero concept with lucha libre cultural traditions, El Vengador battles evil in all its forms, but by doing so, he makes himself a target of both angry criminals and larger forces that suspect he’s an Evo.

The Heroes Reborn television show might’ve been underwhelming, but the tie-in materials have been first-rate, and Heroes: Vengeance is a wonderfully realized addition to the overall narrative of the relaunched universe. It jumps deftly between past and present, not only presenting the backstory of Evo-turned-vigilante hero El Vengador, but to show us the value of heroes.

The marvelous parallel drawn between luchadore culture and heroism in general is evinced through careful symbolism, and it’s a moving and effective technique. As El Vengador’s mission becomes clear, we even meet one of the new villains of the Heroes Reborn universe.

The multilayered storytelling, the use of generational history, and the recurring theme of masks (the colorful ones we wear and the invisible ones we hide behind) make for a topnotch reading experience.

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Author Seamus Kevin Fahey • Zach Craley • Rubine, Illustrator
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 128 pages
Publisher Titan Comics
Publish Date 2016-07-05
ISBN 9781782767756
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Issue July 2016
Category Sequential Art


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