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->'''The One Who Knows:''' [Marc] is to help me find [the Erzengel] and to substitute him until we have so. Provided he is still up to all this - after this day?\\
'''Marc:''' Today I was drugged, battered and nearly killed. My mouth was magically removed and I have met an Eternal Victim, a paranoid bard and a conjuring boy who is the son of an imp. -And you still ask me a question like that? Of course I stay!
-->-- ''[[http://www.unionofheroes.com/comic/263-episode-5-page-40.html?no_cache=1 end of episode 5]]''

''Union of Heroes'' (German title: ''Union der Helden'') is a photo-webcomic authored by Arne Schulenberg, with the photos shot by Jens Sundheim. It exists as an English and a German version.

The story so far deals with Social Sciences student Marc Ridbeck, living in in the Ruhr area in Germany, who one day wakes up in an alternative universe where superheroes really exist. His [[{{Doppelganger}} counterpart]] in this universe is a superhero himself (called "the Erzengel"), but he has disappeared without a trace, so Marc has to take his place and become the new Erzengel. Soon Marc meets other superheroes, such as the the Eternal Victim or the Nordstadt-Barde - and of course has to fight his first villians too...

The English version of the comic [[http://www.unionofheroes.com/ can be read here.]]
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!!This webcomic contains examples of:

* AliensInCardiff: Superheroes in the Ruhr area!
* ArtShift: Although this is a photo-comic, if the background of a character is told, the strips are drawn.
* BadassArmFold: The Evil Wittener [[http://www.unionofheroes.com/comic/377-episode-7-page-14.html does this]] when The Master finds out that [[spoiler:he is in fact the former hero named "The Man From The Booth"]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Lynn's super-power is to die in the place of other people (and then to come back to life herself). Sure, useful for rescuing people in lethal situations - but dying over and over again, and often quite violently, certainly hurts... (and it makes her a [[{{TheWoobie}} woobie]], too.)
* [[CityOfAdventure Cities Of Adventure]] -- Plural, because the Ruhr area consists of more than just one city.
* CreatorProvincialism: Author Arne Schulenberg lives in Dortmund, a major city of the Ruhr area. The use of this trope is certainly deliberate, considering that there aren't really ''that'' much comics set in the Ruhr area, not to mention comics about super-heroes...
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest -- [[spoiler: Averted, at least still. Jana knows that Marc is actually not "her" Marc.]]
* EiffelTowerEffect: Some of the shooting locations are immediately recognizable, at least for people native to the Ruhr area.
* FaceHeelTurn: The Wittener was once [[spoiler: The Man From The Booth, a hero everyone assumed to be dead]].
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Marc
** TheLancer: The Nordstadt-Barde
** TheSmartGuy: The One Who Knows
** TheChick: Lynn
* JennyEverywhere: Turns up in episode 3.
* GermanHumor
* LegacyCharacter: Marc as the Erzengel is technically this, although it is not yet clear if the "real" Erzengel will eventually reappear.
* MonumentalBattle: Dortmund's most distinctive landmark, the U-Tower, was attacked by the Alliance of Evil, because the Union of Heroes' headquarters were located there. Leading to...
* MonumentalDamage: During the attack of the Alliance of Evil, the U-Tower has been severely damaged and had to be rebuild. ([[RealitySubtext The scaffoldings and cranes in the photos of the tower are real]], but the RealLife reasons for the tower's refurbishment (weathering, ect.) are far more mundane.)
* NotWearingTights: Most of the heroes dress more or less like civilians.
* ProductPlacement: It's a photocomic so there are lots of products in it. For example knifes from [[http://www.unionofheroes.com/comic/10-prologue-page-9.html Wüsthof, Solingen]].
* PunnyName: [[BilingualBonus "Erzengel" is the German word for "archangel", but "Erz" can also mean "ore"]], alluding here to Marc's [[ElementalPowers metal-related super-powers]].
* {{Tricksters}}: Claus Koboldssohn seems to be one. In chapter 6, he is even (briefly) [[spoiler: Lynn's TricksterMentor.]]
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Jana, Marc and the Original-Erzengel. [[spoiler:In our world Jana is the ex-girlfriend of Marc. In the parallel world she still is the girlfriend of the Original-Erzengel.]]
* WriteWhatYouKnow: The writer of Union of Heroes lives in the area where the stories take place and is a collector of superhero comic books.
* WouldHitAGirl: Almost all the evil guys: Manero, Ahres and The Wittener.
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