The GeeksverseChaos War #1

Chaos War #1
Published on Thursday, October 7, 2010 by

Marvel’s latest event stars Hercules and his fight against the Chaos King. How does the first issue measure up?

Chaos War #1

Written by: Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Penciled by: Khoi Pham
Inked by: Tom Palmer
Colored by: Sunny Gho
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Assistant Editor: Jordan D. White
Senior Editor: Mark Paniccia
Cover: Ed McGuinness & Morry Hollowell

This issue is alot of Hercules posturing and yelling. He shows up going on about a threat that we’re to assume is the creature we see killing Nightmare in the beginning of the issue. Hercules has been granted more power then his mind can hold, a result of how Amadeus Cho was able to save him and return him to life.

There’s humor in the issue. Some quick little one-liners.

Hercules comes across as over the top. It’s too much yelling, too much Herc.

When confront with the All-Fathers of the various religions, his response isn’t to talk to them, it’s to beat them up. He’s angry about them not doing anything about the coming threat, so he decides to attack them.

For someone that seems to be focused on warning people about the upcoming threat, it seems like an odd move. Supposedly his mind is becoming undone, he has too much power to handle, but he doesn’t come across that way as much as just Hercules turned up to 11.

The writing is pretty corny. Everything that comes out of Hercs mouth is corny. The way the heroes talk, describe Herc, is corny.

For what is supposed to be a serious event, the few moments of humor as well as the over-the-top corniness of it, really ruins the serious tone.

The art doesn’t help either.

Khoi Pham is pretty detailed. Almost too much. His characters have too many lines in the faces. It’s busy, yet it’s not. It’s messy looking.

He’s got a decent grasp of storytelling, the pages flow well. There are no glaring jumps or breaks. The layouts work. No odd panels or camera angles.

The linework is tight, except there is an overall messiness to the art.

The coloring is really odd. All the faces of the characters appear shiny, thats the only way I can explain it.

The overall effect of the art is messy and detracts from the overall story.

The overall story isn’t all that great either, as this issue is mostly Hercules yelling and finding out what people really think of him. He spends alot of time gathering the heroes only to have them taken out of the picture quicker then they were brought in.

Chaos War #1 receives
2 out of 5

Messy art and corny script doesn’t make for a good event book.

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