Hardwood Heroes

    (Ultimate Sports, 2004)
™ and © 2004 NBA Properties, Inc.

It's “up, up, and away” for hardwood stars Yao Ming, Tim Duncan, Michael Finley, Shaquille O’Neal, Ben Wallace and a host of others. But not on the basketball court. The superstar athletes trade their baggy shorts and jerseys for even more ridiculous costumes and super powers as they battle the forces of evil in a new NBA comic book from Los Angeles–based Ultimate Sports Entertainment. Here our gigantic champions battle dinosaurs, magic knights, and evil wizards to keep the world safe for… basketball? No one is quite sure. Full of trite bon mots and vague moral lessons about teamwork for the kids, Hardwood Heroes incites guffaws of unintentional laughter.

— Jerry Smith

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