Source: Real Heroes #1
Bryan Hitch’s first title under The Hitch Factory imprint at Image debuts this week. Real Heroes marks Hitch’s first title that he has both drawn and written for. Real Heroes is an interesting take on the superhero genre, focusing on actors who play superheroes.
The story opens with a page showing a mother and son as they watch the events of 9/11 unfold on TV. The story then jumps to a two page spread of a superhero fighting a hulk-esque creature over a city. As the fight progresses, we see a few other superheroes loosely based on Avengers and Justice League archetypes. As the fight crescendos, the story transitions to a movie premiere for “The Olympians 2: Devastation”, starring the superheroes we just watched fight. As the premiere goes on we get to know the actors behind the characters on the screen. Once the premiere ends the actors head outside for a photo op only to be attacked by a Devastator, one of the enemies from the movie. As they run back into the theater a man who looks to be an usher of some sort leads them through a doorway. As it turns out, the doorway is a portal to a universe where the characters that the actors play are real, and now they have to fight against the Devastators.
Hitch’s art is at the top of his game in this issue. The facial expressions are always entertaining, and spot on in each situation. The action sequences are done well also, with the characters practically jumping off the page. Hitch’s first foray into writing is a solid debut. While the overall plot is pretty bland, and nothing particularly exciting happens the dialogue is solid, and each character is surprisingly unique. Rather than going with an Ultimates-esque team of very flawed characters, we have a group of diverse characters including a paraplegic and a rap star.
All in all, Real Heroes marks a solid debut for Bryan Hitch as both a writer and artist. While the first issue has its blemishes, it holds a lot of promise that it will improve as it goes forward.