Issue by Issue – Hercules Unbound #7

Hercules Unbound #7Writer – Gerry Conway
Artist – Walt Simonson
Inker – Wally Wood
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Milt Snapinn

With the threat of Ares no longer being as such, Hercules and his companions are now free to move around without expecting danger at every turn. At the moment they travel to Loch Ness in Scotland at Kevin’s suggestion to see if they might spy the mysterious beast. Unbeknownst to them, a new foe awaits them, one who looks to appease his master and it is not the legendary lake creature you expect. Gerry Conway, now joined by Walt Simonson and the returning Wally Wood, spin a new tale for the reader and it is a done-in-one story told to perfection. The tale sees Hercules and his companions introduced, including the villain and the following conflict they must face and ultimately the resolution with our hero coming out on top, as if it could have ended any other way. It is a simple formula that many cannot seem to grasp in this modern comic age.  Hercules is in top form though, battling the ancient monster which makes its debut in the series, a creature not only from ancient Greek lore, but also Hercules’ past, the man having battled it once before. Having been away from the world for many years, Hercules is unaware of modern day customs and mannerisms and so manages to insult Jennifer once again by putting her down and making her feel useless. It is not the first time that it has happened and it will most likely not be the last, but for all that it hurts her, Jennifer always rushes back to his side when it seems like he might be in danger or hurt. It is a fascinating relationship to say the least. Simonson delivers the goods with his pencils, definitely a much different style then what it would eventually evolve into many years later that people would be familiar with. Though it was good to see our cast of characters do their thing, a little more background on World War III would be nice to see at some point. A truly fun and exciting issue, cover to cover.

4 out of 5

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