Prince of Power #1
Despite critical praise, I did not much keep up with Greg Pak's run on the Hulk, nor did I keep up with his work, along with co-writer Fred Van Lente, in Incredible Hercules. After reading the first issue of Prince of Power, I am kicking myself for not getting into this story sooner.
This is the very definition of a fun comic book story. That does not mean that it lacks drama, or that the story is fueled by nothing but jokes. What it means is that the book is clever, irreverent, and still manages to tell a very entertaining story. Amadeus Cho was an interesting enough character when he was just one of the world's smartest people. Now that he wields the "unbreakable, unstoppable adamantine mace of Hercules," he seems nigh invincible himself. That does not prevent the writers from creating sufficient conflict within the story, as Cho has taken on a task that even he finds almost impossible. It is a great setup for what looks to be a very interesting mini-series. The art is a good fit for the comic, and seems to have a bit of a John Romita, Jr. feel to it, but with a much more modern feel. Several panels evoke anime in the expressiveness of the characters.
This is good stuff here, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, funny comic with an intriguing story.