The Heroic Age: Prince of Power #1
Written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente
Illustrated by Reilly Brown
The Incredible Hercules was the surprise of War World Hulk, rolling out of that most disappointing event was a book that was fun and solid. Eventually, it wore then and by the time we got to the very wordy Fall of Olympus I kind of stopped caring. Evidently, that was a mistake.
This book may not be as tight as that run on the Hulk’s former book was, but it is a hell of a lot of fun. Seems Herc is dead (or missing in a way that might as well be dead), which has left Cho in charge of the Olympus Corporation, but more importantly guardian of Herc’s mace. This means that when big old mythological beasts rear their ugly mugs, Cho gets to be the guy to bash in their skulls.
Athena even picks him as the hero of the heroic age over the original three Avengers type guys – you know those big guns that Siege reunited.
This is a clever and fun read. The little boxes get a little old after 20 pages of them, but they are a neat idea – more sparing use of them would mean that they could be an added bit of brilliance – this isn’t Action Philosophers, sometimes you should let the story tell the story FVL. Really, other then that I got no complaints – the book catches you up in the story (even though it provides possibly the most useless recap page of all time – which sucks because Herc was often home to brilliant recap pages) and is engaging and fun.
The art is pretty decent too. Brown and his inker pals give it a nod to good old John Romita the juniorest which is fitting for this legacy character run wild. Even more nifty is that the art embraces some of the better tropes of Manga with comically exaggerated emotions and nifty in panel elapsed action. It adds to the kinetic fun of the book.
A fun book, not world shattering, there are certainly worse books on the stands this week.
Pull list: Afterlife with Archie, Bodies, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Coffin Hill, Dead Boy Detectives, The Fade Out, The Goon, Harley Quinn, Hinterkind, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,The Maxx Maximized, Miracleman, Ms. Marvel, Multiversity, Rasputin, Rocket Raccoon, Sandman: Overture, Silver Surfer, The Walking Dead