So Speaks the Hero

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Title: So Speaks the Hero
Publisher: Ashton Press
Date(s): October 1998-2001
Series?: yes
Medium: fanzine
Fandom: Highlander
Language: English
External Links: Ashton Press site
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front cover issue #1 by Karen River

So Speaks the Hero is a gen Highlander anthology.

Issue 1

So Speaks the Hero 1 was published in October 1998 and contains 214 pages. Cover and back cover are by Karen River; interior art is by Leah Rosenthal, Smap, Dani Lane, and Maryann Jorgensen.

  • Full Circle by Leah Rosenthal (poem)
  • Brittle Blade by E.A. Kowols (poem)
  • Goodbye, My Friend by Ruth Calkins--A bittersweet alternate universe where Duncan doesn't disappear at the end of Archangel. Richie Ryan's friends bid him a final farewell. (3 pages)
  • Blues for the Baby by Shomeret (poem)
  • Once a Horseman by S Hall, illustrations by Dani Lane--After the Civil War, Methos wanted nothing more than to wander the wide open spaces of the Old West. But Fate seemed determined to put him in the path of a family in need...and just as determined to make certain he never forgot his past... (29 pages)
  • Methos by E.A. Kowols (poem)
  • My Side by E.A. Kowols--Cassandra's POV after "Revelation 6:8". (1 page)
  • The Highwaywoman by F MacDonald (Duncan/Amanda)--Duncan and Amanda have an encounter and an adventure in the days before MacLeod left Scotland. (4 pages)
  • There Will Be Lightning by Shomeret (poem)
  • Mortal Remains by Eve Missoula--After Alexa's death, Methos returns to Seacouver to take care of her estate and relives some of the wonderful times they shared together in Greece.... (14 pages)
  • My Lady by E.A. Kowols (poem)
  • New Recruit by S.M. Palmer--An alternate universe first season story wherein Richie is recruited by Joe Dawson as a Watcher. (9 pages)
  • Epiphanies by S.M. Palmer--Continuing the alternate universe begun in "New Recruit," Richie Ryan, now living in Paris with Duncan MacLeod and Tessa, finds himself swept up in a search to find the murderer of Darius' while trying to deal with his own unexpected Immortality. Along the way, he finds an unlikely ally in a fellow, Watcher...Adam Pierson! (44 pages)
back cover issue #1 by Karen River
  • Witness by Leah Rosenthal (poem)
  • Sensuality Blues by E.A. Kowols (poem)
  • Bad Moon Rising by Kronette: Methos has a bad few days. A full moon, a Quickening, Halloween... (11 pages)
  • Song of Methos by Leah Rosenthal (poem)
  • The Blue Bus by Susanna--A tale set in the modern day about Kronos and one of his students. (21 pages)
  • Infinite Regrets by Leah Rosenthal (poem)
  • Rebellion's Last Spark by S Fillingham--An alternate universe follow-up to the fifth season episode, Archangel. Joe and Methos are off on a tour of the world together, but MacLeod is still out there somewhere and Joe fears that the Highlander has gone completely insane. (10 pages)
  • The Best Revenge by Devo--In the aftermath of Bordeaux, Cassandra tries to move on with her life.... (8 pages)
  • Katana by E.A. Kowols (poem)
  • The Seduction of Joe Dawson by E.A. Kowols--An old friend of Duncan's finds common ground and love with a mortal Watcher.... (9 pages)
  • Methos Hallmark Cards by L Rosenthal: A collection of favorite greeting cards from one Immortal to another. (8 pages)
  • The Immortal Scrooge by Susanna & Attilla the HunEE--Charles Dickens and Christmastime seem to go together...the title of this story pretty much says it all! (16 pages)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Karen River
art for the cover So Speaks the Hero #2 by Karen River

So Speaks the Hero 2 was published in 2001 and contains 110 pages of reduced print. Full color cover of Methos by Karen River. Interior artwork by Dani Lane and L Rosenthal.

  • Ashes, Ashes by M. C. Christjansen--Methos remembers a poignant episode in his past.
  • Time Is On My Side by S Hall--A crossover with the X-Files finds Methos and Duncan visiting Mulder where Mulder finds out he's met Methos once before...
  • Meanwhile, Back in France by J Madge--Jack Shapiro returns, bent on revenge, and Richie finds himself in the middle of Shapiro's ongoing vendetta against the Immortals.
  • Isle of Avalon by P Chapman--A rogue Watcher and a bad Immortal are reason enough for Joe and Duncan to team up for an adventure in England!
  • Fearful Symmetry by T Kinkel--The ever-talented Tanja takes us into the mind and history of Kenny.
  • more stories by C. Shettle and poetry by Shomeret.