After NBC officially announced that “Heroes” had been canceled, fans immediately began putting together “Bring Back Heroes” petitions, and even trending the topic on Twitter for a few hours.
According to many reports, not even a television movie was discussed at NBC’s upfronts in New York City on Monday, so it appears the show’s future is all but sealed.
But is it?
“Heroes” was as close as most networks get to airing a comic book on television. In addition, NBC filled in the gaps between episodes and added backstory to most of it’s characters via the "Heroes" webcomic, two volumes of which have already been collected by DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprints, with a third on the way. All of this begs the question: Could the show continue in that format?
It wouldn’t be the first time a television show with a dedicated fan-base has done so. The continuing "Season Eight" of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” published by Dark Horse Comics has been successful for the company and highly regarded by fans. Should “Heroes” creator Tim Kring take a page out of Joss Whedon’s book and continue the show as canon in comic book form? NBC wants to know.
Apparently, the network has asked one of the administrators on the official/unofficial "HeroeS" fansite, 9th Wonders, whether or not they would like the graphic novels to continue. So far, not one fan has said no, with most remarking the graphic novels were always high quality, even when the show was not.
And who knows? Maybe some “Heroes” alum would like to get involved. Besides his acting work, Milo Ventimiglia has ventured into comic work before with his production company DiVide Pictures.
“There’s a real value to comics and graphic novels,” he told MTV News during the release of his book “Berserker.”
On the other hand, Greg Grunberg announced via Twitter he already has a new show which means he’ll probably be too busy. It also means the “Heroes” cancellation decision was in the works for a while.
What do you think Splash Page readers? Should NBC continue to publish “Heroes” comics or where you satisfied with the ending? What if they licensed out the property instead? Share your thoughts in the comment section and on Twitter!