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He's At It Again!

February 10, 2009



     Since the title’s new direction, new name, and new lead character, Incredible Hercules has been amazingly fun.  Hercules and Amadeus Cho have evaded S.H.I.E.L.D., fought off Ares, defeated Skrull gods, and now have defeated a plot by militant Amazons to rewrite the world’s history using the Omphalos, the mystical artifact tied to the center of the world, which is now Washington D.C.  I would argue that it should be New York City, but that’s just me.  By the way, where do Greg Pak and Fred van Lente come up with this stuff?  Anyway, this issue finishes the Amazons arc with a dose of alternate reality, where women rule everything.  It’s actually pretty funny.  I love Mr. Fantastic’s role in particular.  Anyway, with the usual humor, Hercules, Amadeus Cho, Delphyne, and three of the four alternate-universe Avengers manage to defeat Artume and bring reality back to normal.

     However, things are pretty bad for both main characters’ love lifes.  Personally, I thought that Hercules and Snowbird would have been more interesting.  I was sad about Amadeus and Delphyne, though.  At any rate, this arc wasn’t quite as good as the last two.  That’s not to say that it wasn’t good.  But the last two were so much more about the character of Hercules himself.  I think that’s what separated this arc from them.  I still think that Clayton Henry would make a great full-time penciller.  And with Salva Espin’s improvements, so would he.  And so would Khoi Pham and Rafa Sandoval.  I really wish they’d just pick a full-time artist.  Anyway, with Dark Reign and Hera’s takeover coming up, I think that things are about to get wild and crazy again.  This was just somewhat of an interim arc before Hercules takes off again.

Plot: 9.0      Art: 9.0      Dialogue: 9.0      Overall: 9.0

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