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Issue by Issue – Hercules Unbound #2

Hercules Unbound #2Writer – Gerry Conway
Artist – José Luis García-López
Inker – Wally Wood

Hercules and Kevin continue along on their quest and are promptly attacked by savage beasts sent by Ares. They are soon made short work of and the duo, along with Kevin’s dog Basil, get a little respite with some other survivors of the apocalypse that was World War III. They are of course a little wary and who would not be with three random people and the destruction all around them, inviting the pair to tea. Yet, Hercules and his friend decide to take a chance and it all works out, for the strangers turn out to be quite nice as it seems. Being the book that it is and starring the hero that it does, you know Gerry Conway is not just going to let things lie as they are and so he sends another threat courtesy of Ares, towards Hercules and his friends. The great thing about a book starring the mythical man-god is that other beings and creatures of Greek lore will eventually start to make their way into the story and so it is that Hercules soon finds himself up against Cerebus. This particular version of Cerebus is not the three-headed dog but a god, a formidable foe if there ever were one as he has a pack of two-headed devil-dogs at his beck and call. Such as it is though, Hercules proves why he is worthy of his name and the legends that surround him by taking on the villain even though he might be outclassed. What makes this story continually interesting is the mystery of Kevin and just how it is that he can do what he can do while being blind. Conway peppers the book with these amazing feats and as the reader wonders, so too does Hercules. Kevin moves and fights and does so many wondrous things, how can he be blind? Once again, the story is illustrated beautifully by José Luis García-López and Wally Wood and they pack it with exciting visuals. There are some great action scenes amongst all the drama that takes place and the book leaves off on a cliff-hanger that sees our heroes facing a big decision, one that could very well mean the end of their lives.

4 out of 5

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