Heroes Reborn #2
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Dale Keown, Carlos Magno and Ed McGuinness
Inks by Scott Hanna, Carlos Magno and Mark Morales
Colors by Edgar Delgado and Matthew Wilson
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Two stories showcase this new age of heroes and its biggest champion, Hyperion.
Invaders from the Negative Zone
Hyperion is dedicated to protecting his adopted planet from any threat, including cosmic ones. He is also a school teacher who enjoys his solitude. It’s a solitude that is quickly interrupted by a call from SHIELD scientist Reed Richards who has bad news about the Negative Zone. As Hyperion takes on villains once trapped, one of them brings up something that will linger with the hero. A lingering thought that exposes the hero for what he truly is.
A great story that showcases who Hyperion is versus who he believes he is. There are also some great elements throughout that directly parody some of the character tropes from other comics, especially the Hyperion/Peter Parker relationship. There is a lot going on in this story and every interaction is another piece of the bigger puzzle being put into place. What makes it so intense is Hyperion’s attitude about it.
Welcome Home, Soldier
Hyperion is teaching his class a lesson in the history of this new reality when he senses something is wrong. A man sitting outside his school listening is having a strange effect on the hero and he cannot seem to read him at all. When the man confronts Hyperion, he is whisked away by Blade who gives the man the opportunity to see what the world has become in his absence.
Aaron is doing a great job establishing this world, its stakes and its challenges. I like the fact that it isn’t being drawn out and the conflicts are coming organically through the story. After showcasing Hyperion in the first story, the second part does a great job of bringing the reader into the drama of what is going to happen next. McGuinness’ art is fantastic and his use of perspective is amazing.