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  • Fans of the television show Heroes can rejoice, as their one time favorite is making its way back to television with a new series Heroes Reborn. When it was first launched, the television show was a huge success, but its second season foundered in the midst of the writer’s strikes of 2007-2008. The show was forced to wrap up loose ends in a haphazard manner; and though it managed to hang on for two more seasons, it never regained its stride. Now, after a few years cooling its heels, the show has been reworked. This isn’t the first time that a bunch of heroes have gone back to the drawing board. Many comic book characters have needed to be broken down and built back up again due to a variety of reasons. So in honor of the new season of Heroes, here is a look at some of the characters who have been changed for the better.

  • High School. Some say it's the best time of your life. Others might laugh in your face if you say that out loud. Regardless of where you stand, it's a seminal time that pop culture can't get enough of. So this back-to-school season, we’ve compiled some of our favorite comic book series set in high school (and okay, one is set in college) to get you into the school spirit just in time for the beginning of the semester!

  • The gang at Quirk have been congregating for a monthly comic book club. Check out some of our favorite finds and recommendations from our July meet-up(s):

  • On July 19th 1860, one of the most infamous women in history was born. Lizzie Borden was an upstanding member of her community. She taught Sunday school at her local church and was a member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance League. Then on August 4th 1892, Lizzie allegedly picked up an axe and murdered her father and step-mother in a most brutal fashion. The general belief is that Borden did commit the murders, but she was acquitted of the crime. We can never definitively say if Borden ever wielded that axe, but as a tribute to her, here is a look at some of the best axe wielders in pop culture and literature.

  • Diminutive do-gooder Ant-Man hits the silver screen this weekend, making him the smallest superhero yet to carry a feature film (and that includes Dustin Hoffman's performance as Rain Man). But if Ant-Man’s suddenly too busy to pick up the superhero hotline, don't worry. He's far from the only economy-sized powerhouse to take up the tiny cause of justice. In fact, he’s not even the first! Comics have a long history of super-small heroes. Some, like DC’s Atom and various friends and alternate identities of Marvel’s Ant-Man (The Wasp, Yellowjacket, various other Ant-Men), are fairly well-known by today’s comics fans. But many others never grew an audience that outsized their stature. So let’s meet a few forgotten mini-marvels, some of the tiniest titans to have ever battled evil.

  • Comic books have a long association with star-spangled, flag-draped, red-white-and-blue-festooned crimebusters. It’s a heroic tradition dating all the way back to the very first patriotic paladin, The Shield (who debuted in 1940), and his better-known successor Captain America (who followed a year later). They’re not the only heroes to don the dapper togs of liberty, however. Literally dozens—maybe hundreds—of other comic book superheroes have filled the four-color ranks of liberty, including these lesser-known do-gooders who always wore their patriotism on their sleeves (or capes, or in one case, fur).

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