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"Hero@Large" sprang from Hogan's desire to give readers something substantial for their hard-earned bucks. "The best part of a good story is feeling like you got somewhere when you turn the last page," Hogan told CBR News. "A lot of times I read comics and get to the end and I'm like, 'That's it?' There's a lot of build up and no payoff. I want the reader to be satisfied when they're done so I tried to write the best damn comic book I could; something accessible to die hard comic fans and new readers alike."
The protagonist of the first story in "Hero@Large" is the ultra popular and narcissistic Alpha Major. "Alpha's an unstoppable force of righteousness powered by ego," Hogan stated. "He represents what it's like to be on top of the world. He feels unstoppable, like he can't lose. That translates into super strength and nigh indestructibility."
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Being replaced by Diesel and having the younger and flashier hero steal the spotlight is a devastating blow to Alpha Major's ego. "Early on he's very self-involved and caught up in the trappings of being a superhero," Hogan said. "When his popularity wanes he's forced to reassess what's important and what being a hero is all about."
A mother and young son help the crestfallen Alpha Major rediscover the meaning of heroism.
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Megalaotropolis is a city where all sorts of bizarre, wonderful, and incredibly mundane things can happen. "Megalotroplis is the haven for all these amazing characters. Here we break all the rules of super heroic universes in other series. It's a fantasy land like Oz or Wonderland or Willy Wonka's factory; where we try to surprise the readers by going against expectations," Hogan said. "For example, 'What would cops do in a city overrun with superheroes?' I try to analyze questions like that and present them in the most humorous way possible."
Issue two of "Hero@Large" takes a comical look at the world of aging in super heroics. "We pay a visit to the Department of Superhuman Registration to see the inner workings of the system and we learn that not all Golden Age superheroes go softly into the night, some have to be dragged out kicking and screaming," Hogan stated.
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Hogan wants readers of "Hero@Large" primarily to laugh, but also hopes to occasionally open their eyes and move them. "I wanted to do something funny, without being slapstick; something with bite, without being sarcastic; something with heart, without being melodrama," he explained. "I hate to call 'Hero@Large' a parody. I love superhero comics. I didn't want to make fun of them or ridicule the fans. I am as big a fanboy as they come. I just wanted to add more variety to the marketplace today, to create something that is as accessible to die hard comic fans and new readers alike. To me combining superheroes and comedy seems like a natural fit. It's more of a super-comedy with dramatic undertones. I would just saying in closing that if you want to read a comic that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think then 'Hero@Large' is the book for you."