Issue by Issue – Hercules Vol.4 #1

Writer – Dan Abnett
Artist – Luke Ross
Colours – Guru-eFX
Letters – Joe Sabino

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 armoury 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

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