Issue by Issue – Hercules Vol.4 #4

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

Of late, Hercules has been trying to get his life back on track, to become a hero again in the eyes of the public and namely, himself. But he has also had to deal with old friends and old enemies coming back into his life, more often than not – to die. There is a storm coming, everyone says so and everyone knows so and it heralds the end of the old gods to usher in an era of the new. The ancient creatures and gods of myth though are not willing to go into that good night and thus come to Hercules in the hopes that he will stand for them. Of course, Hercules being on this new path of his will do so, not only because it could mean the end of his life as well, but because it is the right thing to do which is what being a hero is all about. When last we left off, Dan Abnett and Luke Ross had Gilgamesh finally leave the couch to try and follow in Hercules’ footsteps and while his intentions were good, Gil walked himself straight into a trap. The one thing that Abnett does exceedingly well no matter what book he writes is characterization and it is no less effective here than with Gilgamesh – a character most people write off like D-Man and essentially living up to his moniker of The Forgotten One. It is not so here as readers actually come to care about the guy, even though for the most part he has just been a couch potato. Sure, he has a little bit of a self-confidence issue but deep down, he is still the hero he always was and Abnett brings that out of him and creates a truly great supporting player in this book by doing so. Finally making an appearance in the title are two members of the so-called Uprising Storm and while they seem laughable, the fact that they have already killed a number of the ancient beings in past issues makes them no less formidable and leaves the book on a cliff-hanger that makes one antsy for more. One of Marvel’s most underrated, yet better books of the time of its release in 2016.

4 out of 5

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