Like many I have been watching Heroes intensely. It’s a great show and I still think it’s probably the best show on TV. At the same time, I’ve wondered about how familiar some elements of it seem. I don’t mean in the sense of archtypes or the comic book conventions to which it so often pays homage. Rather that many of the characters seemed pre-built.
However you want to conceive of it, it is clear that Heroes owes a tremendous debt to Rising Stars, a comic series by J. Michael Straczynski. It is an absolutely amazing series. The characters and stories in it are amazingly rich, full and complex. All the things people like about Heroes are realized in Rising Stars.
Simply awesome stuff!