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Issue by Issue – Hercules Vol.4 #5

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

Dan Abnett and Luke Ross have Hercules face off against The Uprising Storm, gods of the now who are looking to do away with the ancient ones and it is a battle hard-fought. Though Hercules gives it his all, his best is only enough to finish in a stalemate. These new gods, particularly Cryptomnesia and Catastrophobia are strong and among the strongest villains that he has ever faced. Most gods accumulate their powers from those who worship them, and despite still being immortal and as powerful as he is, Hercules is ultimately no match for The Storm who are gods born of this new age. It is a good thing then that he has some friends and even some enemies to help him out including those he has most recently rescued the past few issues including Gil, one of his oldest allies and a god in his own right. One thing that has never lessened with each series and each creative team is the fact that Hercules is a man that never gives up and is always willing to stand up for what he thinks is right. Here, Herc has no wish to see the old gods and the creatures of myth pass away into memory for he himself is one such being. Abnett understands our hero perfectly and it is interesting to watch this more serious version of Hercules compared to the carefree and jovial god that he used to be. Sure, Herc can still crack a smile and he probably still enjoys a drink, but for the moment, he is more concerned with repairing his damaged reputation that years of reckless abandon have caused and part of that will entail beating these new gods and sending them back to whatever hell they crawled out of. Gilgamesh also gets a moment to shine, finally deciding it is better to be remembered for something rather than always being the Forgotten One. With a ton of action and some great character moments, the latest iteration of Hercules is a good one. Some questions still need to be answered such as what does Athena want and it adds a little bit of mystery to an already overflowing pot. Hercules has been a fun book on every level thus far and it is one that was underappreciated at the time of its release given how many issues it lasted.

4 out of 5

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