Sue the Cheerleader, Save the World

By Rob Bricken in Comics, TV
Monday, May 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm
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I'm not one to kick someone when they're down... unless that someone is the recently, blessedly canceled TV show Heroes. While rumors abound of some kind of two-hour TV movie to wrap up all the non-questions posed by the show's first four seasons, someone else is suing the show for ripping off his comic. From CBR's Robot 6:

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, Jazan Wild (aka Jason Barnes) claims the traveling carnival that menaced the final season of the NBC drama is "virtually identical" to the one depicted in his 2005-2006 comic series Jazan Wild's Carnival of Souls.

"The settings and the storylines are virtually the same," the complaint states. "The main character in both stories leads a carnival of lost souls and outcasts. This dark character seeks to make his carnival more powerful by recruiting new members with special abilities. The appearance of some of the characters is also virtually identical to those in the plaintiff's books. [...] Even the dialogue is similar. Indeed, some of the scenes in Heroes appear as if plaintiff's books were used as storyboards by the defendants."

I honestly have no idea whether this is true or not. On one hand, the idea of a "carnival of lost souls and outcasts" is hardly the most original idea, but I also wouldn't put it past the hacks at Heroes to find a little known comic and rip it off shot for shot.  there's also the problem that if Heroes did rip off Jazan Wild's Carnival of Souls, chances are Carnival of Souls probably sucked because god knows that last season of Heroes was atrocious. I say if there's a girl who plays the cello and shoot rainbows for five straight issues with no plot advancement in the comic, then Jazan Wild gets his $60 million. If not, whatever.

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