Update 47

by David Meadows 16. March 2018 23:32

Another Heroes issue this week: #23 Moving On. It's a "quiet" issue, with the team still resting at Luey's place, but trouble is not far away. See if you can guess who next issue's villain is...

The new History page format seemed to work pretty well, so I've added a couple more pages in the format. But instead of my usual scattershot approach of documenting events of historical significance, I've decided I should be more methodical start at the beginning. So there are pages for 13.7 billion years ago and 13.5 billion years ago. Yes, I really meant the beginning!

And a final small addition, the Encyclopaedia gets an entry for the Antarctic Volcano, which you may remember Strikeforce accidentally causing a few weeks ago.

No update next week, it's a designated skip week (because your writer will be at a concert) so come back on the 30th for the next update. Though I may do some interim blog posts, as usual.

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Update 45

by David Meadows 23. February 2018 23:53

It's a Heroes chapter, but with a difference. Relaxing briefly at Huey's house, our heroes hear the story of one of Don's early adventures: Once Upon a Time in Los Angeles.

Readers who have also been following the Strikeforce story might be a little confused, so I'll explain that this takes place a couple of years after the events I'm currently telling in Strikeforce. But don't worry, the villains in this story will turn up soon. In fact, one of them might already be a bit familiar...

Rounding out this week's offering are a couple of biographies: Fury and Tracker, who both featured in very recent Strikeforce chapters. Gosh, it's almost as if I had a plan.

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Update 43

by David Meadows 3. February 2018 00:39

This week's story is issue 21 of Heroes: SAMURAI. Last issue we glimpsed the Chicago mob boss POWL THE SAMURAI, but this isn't his story -- it's Jerome's, and we finally learn a bit more about the man who claims to be from the 17th-century (but may be just a figment of Paul's imagination... you decide!)

The bio pages are a bit uninspiring this week. I've got a lot of characters (112 at last count) who have only appeared or been names once in the story, and they're hanging around on my character list like loose ends. So I'm going to try to get some of them written up and on the site. I've started with three who I'm reasonably confident will never be seen again (one is dead in the current Heroes story), and you'll find them under RECENTLY ADDED in the sidebar of the Who's Who index page. There isn't a lot of detail on any of them, simply because they were never designed to be detailed characters, they were throwaway names or faces needed for the plot. But I hate loose ends, so they have to get pages.

Hmm, at three a week it's going to take a long time to get through 112 characters. I might have to re-think this...

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Update (week 37)

by David Meadows 12. May 2017 19:15

CAPTION (FRED'S BLOG):

If Huey has problems, they're not our problems. No reason for us to get involved. 

Unless somebody tells Captain Boyscout. 

SARA:

We need to help Huey. I think you should talk to him.

JAMES:

Me? Oh, no—

CAPTION (FRED'S BLOG):

Funny thing about this group. When James decides something, we do it. 

Sara figured this out a while ago and makes sure that what James decides is what she wants. 

 

Yes, it's another chapter in the life of everybody's favourite "we're-not-a-team" group of heroes. Issue 19 is called Huey's Place. Read the issue to find out why.

Elsewhere on the site I've been tidying up the history pages, including new timelines for 1981 and 1996 which introduce (or foreshadow) some new characters and plot lines which won;t mean anything to you......yet!

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Update (week 35)

by David Meadows 28. April 2017 21:08

In the last issue of Heroes, we left Don alone, injured, and surrounded by enemies. Can his young proteges find him in time?

 

Sara still stands looking out over the forest.

SARA: Down there.

JAMES:  That's a ten meter vertical drop. Then the hill gradient is--

JAMES: It's a long way to fall, Sara, that's all I'm saying.

SARA: Don's the best there is.

 

To find out, read issue 18: Found.

Aww, heck. I've given the answer away in the title. (But there's another, more important meaning to the title. You'll find out by the end.)

Also this update: biographies of two Strikeforce supporting characters: Professor Zod and his daughter Carla.

 

 

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Update (week 33)

by David Meadows 7. April 2017 21:40

Remember back in Heroes issue 14 we had a cliffhanger showing Don in trouble?

Well it's time to look in and see how he's getting on [Spoiler: not good] in issue 17, cunningly titled Whatever Happened to Don?

Hey, it's only a squad of shape-shifting, super-human killing machines. Not a problem for Don, right?

Well, all that is so exciting that to calm you down there's a couple of very minor background articles, one on the Stone Circle seen in Strikeforce #14 and one on Casey's Bar seen in Strikeforce #8. Not terribly important places, you might think, but they still need to be documented (and the story will feature both of them again).

No update is scheduled for next week due to other stuff, so come back on the 21st and hopefully I'll have something then.

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Update (week 31)

by David Meadows 17. March 2017 20:51

The HEROES story this week is part two of the story started in A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, so if you can't remember how that went, go back and read it now. Then you can read this weeks chapter, AFTER THE FALL, when the secret of the crazy people in the haunted house is revealed:

"Years passed. Superheroes were forgotten, relegated to sensationalistic pieces on the late-night kook channels.

But bank robbers are never forgotten. Somewhere, in some dusty FBI file, our crimes waited to catch up with us.

So we hid. In the middle of nowhere. For twenty years.

Perhaps Firebrand was the lucky one.

And the rest of us were still in purgatory."

And James fights another old man!

Close-up on JAMES squatting on top of the branch. He's completely coated in mud.

JAMES: All right. He's starting to tick me off.

 

Two background essays this week, both in the Who's Who department. Marc Carter tidies up a minor character from Heroes #4, while Harry Eastwood is a major (excuse the pun) character from the Strikeforce story.

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Week 29

by David Meadows 20. January 2017 22:33

After dealing with aliens, werewolves, gangsters and smugglers, staying the night in a spooky mansion should be no problem, right?

 

Panel 1

In CHI-YUN's bedroom, she's putting a chair beneath the door handle.

CAPTION (CHI-YUN's letter): Everyone was spooked by Fred's premonition. Even though they're not very reliable.

Panel 2

CHI-YUN lying in bed. The light is off (but we should still be able to make out her features). She's holding the covers up round her chin and her eyes are wide open.

CAPTION (CHI-YUN's letter): Anyway, I wasn't worried.

CHI-YUN (thought): Cat's eyes. Bat's hearing. Rhinoceroseses [sic] hide. Cockroach's poison immunity.

CAPTION (CHI-YUN's letter): I am the most powerful person in the team. Nothing was going to get me.

Panel 3

From outside, in the hall, we see a bedroom door opening and CHI-YUN looking out.

CAPTION (CHI-YUN's letter): Then I got the munchies.

 

What could possibly go wrong? Find out in Heroes issue 15, A Dark and Stormy Night.

It really should have been the Halloween issue, but I couldn't make the timing work.

Elsewhere in this week's update you'll find a mini-biography of Eileen Webster and the start of a timeline for the year 2322.

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Week 27

by David Meadows 6. January 2017 22:49

The new issue of Heroes is a bit different from usual, because the focus is off the main characters. Instead we're looking at what some of the peripheral characters are doing while the main characters just ... hang out and go shopping. It's designed to show that there's a whole living universe surrounding the cast, and events don't just stop because Sara wants to buy a new coat. Everything is connected in the end, of course, and hopefully you'll see the links (or guess the foreshadowing).

The issue is called Meanwhile... , for obvious reasons.

Other new items are a bio of Luey, who you should know from both Strikeforce and Heroes, a timeline of 2348, and a gazetteer entry for the Troll Club

And if you've got any time left after that, I strongly recommend the extensive article on the Krai, who are currently making life difficult for Strikeforce in the Aliens story arc (to be concluded next week).

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We're back!

by David Meadows 5. January 2017 15:10

Coming tomorrow in Heroes #14: the girls go shopping!

 

PAGE FIVE. Five panels.

Panel 1

Daylight. A city. Specifically, the exterior of a shopping mall. If it's not obvious what it is, we can include a sign: "QUEENSTOWN MALL". (Name unimportant -- just something to set the scene.)

CAPTION (voice-over, continuing SPY's thought):

"Where are teenage runaways likely to go?"

VOICE (from inside mall):

This is absolutely perfect!

CAPTION:

Winnipeg, Canada.

Panel 2

Inside the mall. It's a female-clothing store. SARA is wearing a big, sky-blue coat trimmed with white fur -- just the thing for the Canadian winter. (It's fake fur, of course. I know there's no way to convey this point on a comic panel, I just thought I ought to mention it.) She's examining the coat in a full-length mirror. CHI-YUN sits on a nearby chair, looking bored.

SARA:

What do you think, Chi-Yun?

CHI-YUN:

Sara, your power lets you find anything you need. Why does shopping take so long?

Panel 3

SARA turns an exasperated look on CHI-YUN.

SARA:

You just don't get it, do you?

CHI-YUN (softly):

No.

Panel 4

SARA is sorting through a rack of clothing.

SARA:

Just try something on!

CHI-YUN:

I don't need clothes. My skin can look like whatever I want.

Panel 5

SARA holds out a horribly cute pink jacket with flowers or hearts or something.

SARA:

Don't you get cold?

CHI-YUN:

Never.

CHI-YUN:

And I'm never going to wear that.

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