STARTOS! *Boom* XD Stratos is pure hero to me, first on the scene and calling in all other kinds of Heros to kick arse in the name of friendship! Or whatever thatbondsrubbishis,damngenericmaincharcterYusei. XD
Not sure what I think of the masked heros yet, the manga is very slow translated everywhere and it always sells out, so online is all I can read it on. Never knew stratos was invented in the manga, but then I never seen GX, or the orignal Yu-Gi-Oh manga.
But yeah, in all honestly, if it was not for the manga, Heros would be a struggling archtype. From what I can see, the animaters understand so little about actually having a game. 5d's was pile of randoms vs another pile of randoms. I can only assume GX was more of the same. I looked at E-Heros and went "Sweet god! I want to love these guys, I love super heros and warrior toolboxes, but this deck just does not work. Nercoshade with two tribute monsters in the entire archtype? So many of the fusions putting on additional cost after you used 3 cards in a fusion?! Save me!"
Of course, there were some really neat Heros, like Sparkman, Captain Gold, Neos Alius and Wildheart, but they just lacked that zell that Cyber Dragon had. A quick 2100 attack you say? A 5000 pound monster called 5 headed dragon? Red Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon? While it was there, the only way they could keep up was forgo their namesake, fusion and focus on skyscraper beatdown as not to have their fusions instant owned. Plus so much released for them was simply not designed to work with Heros at all, confusing any new player who did not know wrong from right.
Then the manga was written, and we got heros with really good effects that were unique to them. Stratos being the face and the searcher, with his ever present 1800 attack and his ability to toolbox. Woodsman to act as a wall and have poly in hand. Ocean was slender, but allowed the Heros to be recycled to be summoned again. The heat could be formidable attack when backed up. All sorts of pieces that were not there before just started to click. Infact, with just stratos alone, they went from down to super gadgets. XD
Now with Zero, Gaia, the Shining and Gaint Tornado, along with captain planet (Terra Ferma), it's not hard to see why I got exicted about them again.
Sorry for that all of text, just reminising. I really need to update my decklist and deck again. XD
But yeah, so far the GX manga has been quite good, I enjoy it more then 5D's by far. I can't wait to see what else the future brings.
As for masked and vision heros, can't really say much about them right now, I know nothing about either of them except for the cards. Right now, not sure how they fit together. Either way, I think they came too late to benfit from the all gathering stratos.