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Published:December 16th, 2007 05:50 EST

Tim Kring's Heroes Must Face Their Biggest Mission

By Garrett Godwin

They have saved the world.  Now, they must face their biggest mission: saving themselves.

Generations is the second volume of Tim Kring's Heroes, the continuing saga of ordinary people blessed-- and cursed-- with extraordinary abilities, coming together, as the fate of humanity lies within them.

It has been four months since Kirby Plaza in New York City, with Matt Parkman now a cop, as he and Dr. Mohinder Suresh are fathers to young Molly ...

In California, father-daughter Noah and Claire Bennett and her family are set to live a normal life: a life without The Company.  But, it's not going to be that easy ...

Grieving over the loss of D.L., Niki Sanders takes her son Micah to relatives in New Orleans while she sets out to integrate herself ...

Four hundred years into Japan's past, Hiro Nakamura gets caught up in a bloody feud and meets his hero, Takezo Kensei, who's not exactly noble at first ...

Nathan Petrelli has lost everything-- his career, his family and his brother, Peter, who is in Ireland with no memory of who he is and what he can do ...

In Central America, siblings Maya and Alejandro are fugitives from justice and make an unlikely new friend: Sylar ...

The Shanti virus has broken out, stripping people of their powers and causing terminal illness ... 

Now, the heroes must band together once more to find a cure and prevent the release of the virus into the world ... but soon they discover that the sins of the parents pass to the children. Are the Heroes agents of good-- or agents of evil?

Though having its faults, Generations does start out slow, but it picks up halfway through the story and leads all the way to a finale with a climactic and shocking ending.  Generations is a tragic and dark story of sin and redemption, as the Heroes are forced into making difficult choices to do what they believe is right.  It is about facing your past and moving on as well as about rediscovering oneself and finding the road back, as the true test of heroism is the same as the true battle: it lies within oneself.

Heroes: Generations is available online at www.nbc.com/Heroes, and Heroes: Genesis is also available in stores now.