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Graphic Novel:The Crane

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The Crane
Issue #: 2
Released: October 2, 2006
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Story by: Aron Eli Coleite
Art by: Micah Gunnell
Digital Inks by: Mark Roslan
Colors by: David Moran
Lettering by: Comicraft
Produced by: Aspen Comics
Easter Egg: Line art for Trial By Fire
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To save the world it takes conviction, dedication, and a real Hiro.
Through sheer willpower, lowly office drone Hiro Nakamura teleports from Tokyo, Japan to New York City. What he did not expect, however, was to land six weeks in the future as well. His trip proves short-lived when he teleports back, narrowly escaping a nuclear explosion that destroys the metropolis...


After the explosion (Don't Look Back), Hiro Nakamura teleports back to the train in Tokyo and immediately rushes back to his apartment. He tears the cover off his copy of Action Comics, Issue #1, the DC Comics comic book in which Superman debuted. Hiro folds it into an origami crane and takes it to a park to speak with his grandfather. Sitting down on a park bench next to an old man, Hiro reveals that he is named in memory of the Hiroshima bomb from which his grandfather survived. The old man gets up and walks away—he's not Hiro's grandfather after all. Hiro is at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, his grandfather is dead from cancer, and his crane is placed among thousands of others. Hiro discards his Yamagato Industries employee badge, and says he has done a disservice to his grandfather's memory, but won't let it happen again.

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  • In its June 1938 debut, Action Comics, Issue #1, cost 10¢. According to Wikipedia, the present-day value of a near-mint condition issue is about $440,000. However, in 2010, a copy of the issue sold at an auction for $1 million.
  • Released on October 2, 2006, The Crane is the only Heroes graphic novel to take place in the real-world present day.
  • The story that takes place in The Crane fills in the "holes" of Don't Look Back. The Crane tells what happened when Hiro returned to Tokyo from his first visit to New York City.
  • According to Don't Look Back and The Crane, Hiro time traveled five weeks into the future. However, the "Previously" section of The Crane erroneously says he time traveled six weeks into the future.

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Graphic Novel Issues

MonstersThe CraneTrial By FireAftermathSnapshotsStolen TimeControlIsaac's First TimeLife Before EdenTurning PointFathers & DaughtersSuper-HeroicsWireless1 - 2 - 3 - 4How Do You Stop an Exploding Man?: 1 - 2BullyRoad KillThe Path of the RighteousHell's AngelFamily ManWar Buddies1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6String TheoryWalls1 - 2The Death of Hana Gitelman1 - 2It Takes a Village1 - 2 - 3 - 4Betty1 - 2 - 3 - 4Golden Handshake1 - 2 - 3 - 4Heroism Is Found in the Heart1 - 2Blackout1 - 2Maya y AlejandroFlying BlindThe CrossroadsPetrified LightningThe RogueThe Trial of the Black BearMolly's DreamTeam Building ExerciseThe Last Shangri-LaQuarantineMan on FireRevolutionary War1 - 2SpecialElle's First Assignment1 - 2Normal LivesThe Ten Brides of Takezo KenseiThe Golden GooseThe Man with Too Much BrainsHana and Drucker's Plot DiscoveredThe End of Hana and DruckerHistory of a SecretPast ExperienceWar Buddies, Part 7BlindsidedA Lesson in ElectricityPieces of MeOn the LamBounty HunterDifferent and the SameMoonlight SerenadeDonna's Big Date1 - 2Career ChoicesTrust Issues1 - 2Faces1 - 2Root and Branch1 - 2 - 3Berlin1 - 2The Kill Squad1 - 2 - 3Going PostalOur Lady of Blessed Acceleration1 - 2HindsightForesightInto the Wild1 - 2 - 3Dreams Until DeathThe Sting of InjusticeResistanceDoyleSum Quod Sum1 - 2ViewpointsPlaying with FirePartnersThe Caged Bird1 - 2TruthsStuck in the MiddleRed Eye1 - 2Under the Bridge1 - 2What We Have WroughtAlmost FamousOut of Town... On BusinessLibertadThe SwimmerComrades1 - 2Puppet with No StringsHanging By a ThreadBaby PowerCogScenic RouteExodusOne Good HeroThe Natural Order of ThingsRebellion1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7Ice Queen1 - 2Stolen FateRunning in CirclesBoomAmanda's Journey1 - 2Yang & YangSmoke & MirrorsThe Painted LadyProdigals1 - 2 - 3Requiem for My BrotherBloodlines1 - 2Starting OverThe Trip1 - 2Second ChancesReaching Out1 - 2ConsequencesFrom the Files of Primatech1 - 2Novel Approach: The Hiro CollectionFrom the Files of Primatech3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8Vengeance1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5Godsend1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

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