The GeeksverseHerc #1

Herc #1
Published on Friday, April 8, 2011 by

Written by: Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Penciled by: Neil Edwards
Inked by: Scott Hanna
Colored by: Jesus Aburtov
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Cover Art: Carlo Pagulayan
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Editor: Mark Paniccia

I’m somewhat confused on what Herc’s status is. He’s lost his godhood, so he’s mortal. He’s not invunerable, but he apparently heals really fast (bullet wound over night). He’s got a bunch of magical weapons. Is he still super strong?

I’ve never been a big Hercules fan. He’s always been too bombastic for my tastes. But it appears has if his new mortality has softened him somewhat. He’s still the same old Herc; he loves his drink, his women and a good fight; but he’s not as in-your-face as before. I like this new style Herc.

The writing team do a good job of setting Herc into his new role. They provide some antagonists, a gang called the Warhawks who work for the Kingpin; they provide a new home base, an area of Brooklyn and a bar called Athena’s; and they provide a mission, helping the people to stop the destruction of their home by Fisk.

It’s a good way to start the new chapter in Herc’s life off. And they do a great job in the first issue of laying out his new “abilities”. I like the way they introduce the weapons and skills. The lettering is great and the greek looking artwork for each weapon is pretty cool. It helps set the tone that Herc isn’t just any mortal.

They hit all the bases that a good first issue needs. We’re even introduced to a possible future love interest. But of course this is a book about Hercules so it doesn’t take long until he’s found a friend for the night.

I’ve liked Neil Edwards since first saw his work on Fantastic Four. He’s got a nice style that reminds me of Bryan Hitch. It’s nice to see him get an ongoing and a nice assignment like this one.

My one complaint is that his women all look alike in this story. It’s hard to tell them apart and their features don’t necessarily carry through the same from page to page.

He’s got a nice grasp of storytelling but has to work on the flow through a series of actions. The first fight is a bit jarring.

Herc #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

A very good start to the next chapter of Herc’s life.

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