Heroes: Godsend #3
After 9/11, Farah Nazan used her invisibility powers to protect her Eastern Ethnic neighborhood. Now she is being asked to spring a criminal mobster from jail.
Collectible #3 of 5
May 11, 2016
It’s always interesting to see how other franchises live without DC or Marvel in their name. Can fandoms exist in other comic book franchises? Titan Comics is willing to bet that their take on the NBC Heroes series still has a lot of room for gripping storytelling.
Writer’s note: Titan Comics generously let us have this issue of Heroes Reborn: Godsend issue 3 to review. I will do my best to bridge the backstory, but please note that this issue starts in the middle of a story arc.
Farah’s hero name is Godsend. She takes the role of a crime fighter that keeps the neighborhood safe. While others are reluctant to use their powers in the Heroes universe, Farah wants to jump in feet first to save the day.
Teeth get punched out of someone’s face and some limbs are broken. The finale has a man covered in blood from a bus accident.
Along with a few H-bombs, there is one F-bomb, which is surprising because this is based on a TV-14 primetime show.
Farah wears tight clothes. Some of the variant covers really hyperbolize Farah’s chest, which looks kind of funny.
Other Negative Themes
Big spiders the size of your face might be scary.
Farah has the heart of a protector and a guardian. She lives to protect those who are being bullied.
Ripped right from the latest season of Heroes Reborn, the Godsend miniseries serves to fill in some details on one of their characters. Farah Nazan learned she could become invisible in post 9/11 America. She grew up using her powers to protect her community of Muslim neighbors. When the deceptive manipulator Daniel Linderman, founder of Primatech, ends up in prison, Farah is asked by Angela Petrelli to break him out.
Our story starts with Farah questioning the moral integrity of Mr. Daniel Linderman, as he is the designated bad guy and slimy mobster of the Heroes world. Mr. Linderman explains that he has a unique power that is desired by the hero community. He also explains that Farah is a godsend. She has a habit of saving people at just the right time.
Cut to a flashback where Farah is with her uncle in Pakistan. She is challenged to climb up a spider tree and retrieve the chosen mark of the Lashkari. Despite her fear of poisonous spiders, she bravely climbs up the tree and receives a giant spider bite for all her troubles.
Farah and Daniel break out of prison and learn that another criminal broke out the same night. They both part ways and Farah believes she has her life back. She even tries to go on a date with Jamal at a diner. As fate would have it, the other criminal who escaped that night throws a firebomb through the window of the restaurant.
Farah springs into action, giving the perp some sweet chin music, but also discovering that there is a much larger conspiracy happening.
I have read Volume 1 of the graphic novel that accompanied Season 1 of the Heroes universe (ages ago). I don’t remember anything as compelling and dark as Godsend. Seems like NBC is trying to up the maturity of their series. What I like about this series is that it sucks you in to the world of Farah and makes you care about her well being. Other attempts at comic books in the Heroes saga have just been short stories that accompany the hit show. This story arc feels like a stand alone.
I don’t really understand the audience for this story. The book has a hit character from the show, but the theme for the comic is very indie, gritty, and crude. At the same time, I like it for being different. With that being said, I think the fact that the writer has to stick closely to the characters in the show might keep them from taking risks.
Without really knowing how Farah is portrayed on TV, I can honestly say that I like her sassitude. She is kind of like Peter Parker meets Alias.
The cover art behind the story is also very descriptive and realistic, the highlight of the dark world of Farah Nazan and her power. The panel art is nothing spectacular, but it doesn’t get in the way of the story.
This is a compelling and street tough story with some mystery behind it. I would venture that the writers are getting lots of creative space with this franchise and it is paying off.
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+ A darker version of the Heroes TV show
+ Farah is a very fun character to follow
+ Creative cover art
+ Potential to take the comic into an exciting direction
- That one F word disqualifies the 14 and under crowd
- Panel art is just so-so