How do the Gods of Olympus view the now mortal Hercules?
Credits & Solicit Info:
Script: Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente
Pencils: Mike Grell
Inks: Jason Paz and Jeff Huet
Colors: Jesus Aburtov
$2.99 - Marvel
I've been reading all of Marvel's .1 issues because they bring me up to speed on the respective title, and they are great jumping on points for series I'm interested in. Herc #6.1 was one such series.
The main story revolves around almighty Zeus wanting to know what his son Hercules has been up to on Earth, so he assigns swift Hermes the task of finding this out. Hercules gave up his godly powers at the end of the Chaos War, and now he is a mortal who defends Brooklyn using the Helm of Hades, the Shield of Perseus, and the Sword of Peleus. Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente quickly recap how Herc broke into the armory of Ares to steal the god's weapons. Next, we see Hermes question Dionysus and Herc's wife Hebe, before travelling to Brooklyn to witness the now mortal Herc battle Mister Negative and his gang.
The comic ends with a great sequence where Herc and Hermes act like mortal strangers in Herc's bar, exchanging some excellently written dialogue. In a touching conclusion Hermes decides not to deliver his message of Herc's doings back to Zeus.
It was great to see the amazing art skills of Mike Grell on display throughout this story. Some consider him a legend in comics, and it's easy to see why. He perfectly captured the awe and grace of the Olympians, and his storytelling flowed seamlessly. I could tell what pages were inked by a different inker, but it didn't take away from the overall art.
Unfortunately, Marvel has announced that Herc is being cancelled, but don't let that stop you from picking up this issue, and the easily obtainable back issues.
GRADE: 8 of 10
Review by: Comic_Doctor