The GeeksverseChaos War #2

Chaos War #2
Published on Sunday, October 24, 2010 by

Chaos War #2 – Review

Written by: Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Penciled by: Khoi Pham
Inked by: Tom Palmer
Colored by: Sunny Gho
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Asst. Editor: Jordan D. White
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Cover: Brandon Peterson

This issue toned down the big speechs by Hercules, but for a book called “Chaos War” there was a considerable lack of action.

This is mostly talking, with Hercules trying to enlist what aid he can from where he can in order to get a team together to fight the Chaos King. The Chaos King, working his way through the underworlds, has put the entire world into a “waking sleep” and only gods and protected mortals (like Amadeus Cho) are awake.

Hercules summons Sersi, Thor, Venus, Galactus and Silver Surfer to form the new God Squad.

The story, even though it’s alot of talking, moves along at a good clip. It shows a little bit of what happens when the world goes into the “waking sleep” and seems like it’s reaching for a way to keep the normal folks in the world alive (from planes crashing, cars crashing, operations in hospitals failing, etc..).

I’m interested in how Pak and Van Lente handle the awakening of the world, especially those that are “horribly mangled and burned and even blown into separate bits.” It’s going to take a big ol’ deus ex machina to fix this situation I’d think, otherwise when all these people awaken the world is going to be a HUGE mess. I’m going on record right now and saying that Hercules will sacrifice his new powers in order to “reset” the world and he’ll be back to the old Hercules.

The story is alright. It moves the story along and really only serves the purpose of Hercules assembling his God Squad and the Chaos King conqueoring the underworlds and getting an army of dead souls to use as his army.

About what would expect from the 2nd issue of a 5 part event book.

I’m liking Pham’s work on this series less and less. His figures and backgrounds are highly detailed. But there’s just something about his work that appears boring and doesn’t appeal to me.

I found his work on The Mighty Avengers to be extremely flat, generic and boring.

Chaos War isn’t flat, the colors won’t allow it to be that.

But the colors are horrible. Everything has a shiny and metallic look. It’s distracting and really adds nothing to the book. It, in fact, subtracts.

Chaos War #2 receives
3 out of 5

Average, just average and I’m being generous as the coloring really subtracts from the overall work.

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