Issue by Issue – Hercules Vol.4 #6

Writer – Dan Abnett
Artist – Goran Sudzuka, Dalibor Talajic
Colours – GURU-eFX
Letters – Joe Sabino

This particular series starring everyone’s favourite Olympian god comes to an end and it does so on a dour note. After the thrilling events of the last issue, Dan Abnett and fill-in artists Goran Sudzuka and Dalibor Talajic turn the dial down a lot and deliver a character portrait about our hero and while it was not essentially bad by any means, it was a bit of a letdown compared to the last five issues. After the battle with the Storm, specifically Cryptomnesia and Catastrophobia, Hercules, Gilgamesh, Ire and the rest of the gang decide to take a little downtime to celebrate their victory. So they sit down, have a little Ragu and a little conversation after which, Hercules has a chat with his old friend Iron Man. Hercules has been reaching out to his friends of late, just trying to reconnect and though it is good to see Tony again, what he says to Hercules is perhaps a little more sobering than he would like which then leads to the end of the book and an uncertain future. The best thing about that particular ending is that it is not the end of the story as Herc would return in another miniseries to tie everything up one would guess and it being called Civil War II: Gods of War – a tie-in to a not so great company event. What was quite the bummer about this issue was the fact that the series was not only cancelled but Abnett did not have the time to end the story within the book itself which would have been far more preferable. It is a shame too, as the tale that he was telling was quite good, the artwork top-notch and this interpretation of Hercules different than the norm. Again, while the book was good in a sense and it was, it would have been nice to see it go out on a high note instead of the way it did.

3 out of 5

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