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HERO #19

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell



"Pieces of Hate, Part 1"

Writer: Will Pfeifer
Artists: Dale Eaglesham (p), Wade von Grawbadger (i)

Publisher: D.C. Comics

Plot:
Molly, a former user of the H.E.R.O. dial is visited by a teleporting man who has figured out that a person is killing former users of the device, but it's clear that this man simply isn't up to the task of stopping the murderous individuals who look to be responsible for the killings. As the issue ends we see this teleporter learns of another pair of individuals who made use of the H.E.R.O. device.

Comments:
Given this book is slated to be cancelled in a few issues it would appear I decided to jump on this title a little late in the game, but a friend lent me the trade that collected the first six issues and assured me that I was missing out of a great little series, so I decided to check out this latest, and presumably final arc. Now I have to say this series does look to be in the midst of a fairly heated story line, and in spite of the title's claim that this is the first part of a new arc, it would appear that action from the previous arc is central to one's enjoyment of this one, and this makes it a little difficult to fully embrace this issue. However, I was able to put some of the pieces together as it would appear that the hero generating dial have fallen into the hands of a pair of extremely violent super-powered thugs, and that they've taken to knocking off all the previous users of the device. I also enjoyed the fact that the book has offered up a hero to oppose their murderous actions that seems to have real difficulty keeping his own act together, which makes it even more exciting to consider the idea that he looks to be the only person that the others can count on to keep them alive. In fact there's a great little moment in this issue where we see our hero tries to rationalizes his ineffectiveness by saying he's too weak to stop them, so the best he can do is draw their attention away from the others. Still, this issue has left me with the sense that the book's regular readers are going to find this issue far more engaging, as it looks to be drawing heavily of the previous arcs.

I've always enjoyed the work of Dale Eaglesham, and I have to say this issue stands up as one of his best efforts, as the sheer brutality of the two individuals as they smash their way through the ruins of Philadelphia is wonderfully conveyed by the art, with the scene where one of them pummels the other to death being particularly effective display of their violent nature. I also enjoyed the fact that our hero doesn't come across as all that heroic in stature, as he's been graced with a receding hairline, and generally looks like a man one would find dumpster diving. The scene where the man's leg materialized inside the coffee table wasn't presented as clearly as it could've been though, as one's eye isn't instantly drawn to this important story detail.



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