Mind Capsules – Hercules #1 and James Bond #1

Hercules #1
Hercules #1

Writer – Dan Abnett
Artist – Luke Ross
Colours – Guru-eFX

If there is one thing Hercules never wanted in his life, it was to be a joke and now after years of letting his reputation slide, he is ready to take it back. Chronicled by Dan Abnett and illustrator Luke Ross, Hercules will now help anyone who might ask with whatever problem it is that might need solving. He is determined to be the hero he once was and if that starts with aiding a kid whose sister’s boyfriend is a monster, a literal one, then that is exactly what he is going to do. Aside from the required action that takes place in a book starring the Greek demi-god, which is plentiful, Abnett sprinkles it with some light humour which has been a staple of Herc’s many titles over the years. With an updated costume, some new tech and an armory that Ares would be proud of, our hero is not playing around anymore and will do what he has to do to get the job done. While Hercules has gained a mission statement and a newfound purpose in life, he has also gotten himself a couple of supporting characters to help him on his way, one being his landlady Sophia and the other Gilgamesh, the Forgotten One or just Gil for short. At the moment Gil is just a couch potato, having given up on life long ago though it refuses to give up on him, and he stays with his pal Herak, short for Herakles, a name that Hercules used to go by once upon a time. Hercules believes that if he can be a hero again, then there is nothing stopping Gil, except for Gil that is. Sophia looks like she is going to be a lot of fun and a character to watch out for. She already seems exasperated with Hercules and Gil and you know that it will only get worse before it gets better. For a first issue, many of which Hercules has seen over the years, the book is off to a strong start, balancing the old and the new, the past and the present and it does so with all that has been mentioned including just a small dash of mystery to pique your interest and keep you coming back for more. A welcome addition to Marvel’s latest publishing initiative.

4 out of 5

James Bond #1
James Bond #1

Writer – Warren Ellis
Artist – Jason Masters
Colours – Guy Major

It is a little sorry to say, but the most exciting thing about Dynamite’s James Bond is the fact that they are publishing a James Bond comic. Despite the talent involved, namely Warren Ellis, you would expect the book to start out with a bang, a big splash coming right out of the gate. Instead, while the book began with a very cinematic opening with Bond avenging the murder of agent OO8, it soon dropped off in pace and opportunity into just a fairly average story, at least for now. The first part of Vargr finds our hero then taking over the deceased 008’s caseload and in particular, a small mission involving a new type of drug hitting the streets which M does not want to see go any further. But as with everything involving Bond, or even Ellis for that matter, nothing is ever what it seems. So while this issue had little to it, you can be sure the best is yet to come. Masters’ artwork is solid and James does not resemble any of his movie counterparts which is a good thing as it would be hard to choose just which one to base him upon. The story itself is not uninteresting, it is simply for the fact that you wanted a lot more when you picked it up and in that department, maybe expectations were abnormally high versus the realization which turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. Overall it was a good start, written and drawn well, but it could have been so much more and perhaps when it is all said and done, it will read better as a whole than as a monthly periodical, like a film rather than a television show.

3 out of 5

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