The GeeksverseChaos War #3

Chaos War #3
Published on Sunday, November 7, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Penciled by: Khoi Pham
Inked by: Thomas Palmer
Colored by: Sunny Gho
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Asst. Editor: Jordan D. White
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Cover by: McGuinness & Hollowell

The godheads, of the other pantheons, are afraid of the Chaos King and they seal themselves away from the battle, leaving Hercules and his new godsquad to be pummeled by the resurrected Zeus. Zeus, Hera and Ares are in their own minds, but can’t control their actions. The godsquad proves pretty ineffective.

I don’t think that Pak and Van Lente do a good job of showing the Chaos King’s godslaves being in their own minds but not their actions. It’s hard to follow. Their bodies are doing one thing, but they are talking another. The two don’t go together and it reads oddly.

Also, with Zeus taking out the rest of the godsquad, that Hercules takes his father out with one hit seems a bit too easy. Galactus couldn’t hurt Zeus but one blow from Hercules and he’s dying? As a story point it works, as it’s meant to show how Hercules doesn’t fully think things through, thinking his father back in control of himself, he does what he’s told. It just seems like a forced bit. One blow from Herc is enough? I don’t buy it.

The Chaos King also moves through the other pantheons too quickly. It only takes seconds, minutes at the most, and he destroys it all. I get that he’s powerful, but that powerful? It took almost the entire issue for his hordes to take over the underworlds, now he does it on his own in seconds?

The ending is supposed to be shocking, but unless you’ve been reading Incredible Hercules or the Prince of Power mini-series, then it’s not shocking and only helps solidify how this is really a Hercules event and not a full Marvel Universe event. Is Athena even alive? Is she dead? I have no idea, and I think most people will be the same. Shock endings are only shock endings if the majority of the people reading it are shocked. This one doesn’t work, because most of the people reading it won’t get the full impact because they haven’t read Incredible Hercules.

I’m still not sold on Pham’s art. It’s detailed in alot of places, but in others it seems to be lacking. His work on Mighty Avengers was pretty boring. His stuff on Chaos War isn’t boring, but I think it’s the colors that prevent it from being that.

And I can’t stand the way this book is covered. It almost makes it unreadable to me. Everyone has a shiny and metallic look. It doesn’t work.

Chaos War #3 receives
3 out of 5

Middle of the road issue that makes some jumps to move the story along.

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