Issue by Issue – Hercules Vol.4 #3

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

The Uprising Storm continues to claim the ancient creatures of myth and due to that fact; Hercules has been dealing with more and more of them on a daily basis. This time it is a group of Kentauros and after the usual fisticuffs are had, Hercules and their leader talk it out. It is a troubling thing that is happening and for the moment, there seems to be no resolution in sight though it is discovered that the Uprising Storm could signify the birth of new gods in wake of the decimation that is taking place. What that means for Hercules is unknown, but the man is determined to find out, not only for everyone else’s sake but for his own too. Continuing the new adventures of everyone’s favourite mythic hero is Dan Abnett and Luke Ross and they do so by creating a sense of fun coupled with action and adventure. This particular story also sees Gilgamesh – he who is called the Forgotten One, by all that is except for Herc and their landlord – rise to the occasion. Gil’s funk has been an ongoing one and though Hercules has been prodding him to do some heroing, to make his way out in the wide world once again, Gil cannot seem to do so. Now though, Gilgamesh does so and instead of accomplishing some great deed, he walks straight into a trap. Hercules has always featured a lot of comedy in his books and that is still present, but Abnett tones it down and it is nice to see the book and the hero treated a little more seriously than he has in the past, something that has perhaps been missing in his various runs. Luke Ross provides some really solid artwork and incorporating all of these mythic creatures, which are congregating in New York for some reason, really makes the book more fun than it should be. With a good mystery as the cake-topper, Hercules is turning out to be a truly exceptional title.

4 out of 5

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