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Fighting at the Funeral

May 7, 2010

     The fallout from Hercules’ death continues in Hecules: Fall of an Avenger #2, just after Athena and all the Olympian gods arrived at the Parthenon.  Athena briefly reminisces about when she and Hercules fought against all the other gods for the sake of justice.  When she decides to appoint Amadeus Cho as the head of the Olympus Group, Apollo objects, reminding his sister of his power.  He chooses, however, to fight by proxy and picks Phobos, son of Ares, as his.  Poseidon picks Namor and Hebe picks Bruce Banner to help Cho, and Artemis picks Skaar and Nyx picks Nightmare to help Phobos.  As the battle is joined, Cho uses Banner’s portal in a bag to transport Nightmare away.  Phobos’ fear powers don’t work on Cho, because as Cho points out, his worst fear has already come true.  The champions (minus Nightmare) unite to fight Athena and Apollo, and Phobos uses his fear powers on Pluto to force him to open a portal to Hades.  Cho goes in to find Hercules, but as Persephone points out, Hercules is not there.  A few days later, Cho has taken over the Olympus Group, with Hebe as his secretary, with the intention of uses its resources to find Hercules, who is very much alive somewhere.  Then, in the Agents of Atlas backup, as I guessed, the hydra-like being is the daughter of Campe, a half-dragon, half-woman monster, and the orphange is for the children of mythological beings.  Namora calls them monsters, which the woman running it points out.  Of course, that woman also had some… relations with Hercules.  After seeing everyone there, Venus decides to let the orphange keep going, as well as all the other properties, and ignore Athena’s orders.  Since Cho is taking over the Olympus Group, she can even get his help.  So the story ends with a nice happy hug.

     Well, since this issue wasn’t entirely devoted to flashbacks, it was a lot better.  I mean, normally, Greg Pak and Fred van Lente are good with flashbacks.  But that last issue was so backwards looking that basically nothing happened.  Here, we get a nice melee and a look at some of the other Olympian gods, which was nice.  The use of Phobos was also really good, considering his father’s recent death and, as Apollo points out, his legitimate claim to the throne.  I personally find it very amusing how quickly Apollo got taken out as well.  I was confused, however, as to why Pluto would be so deathly afraid of cute things.  I mean, he lives in darkness, but that doesn’t mean he’s dark.  It does fit in with Marvel’s characterization of Pluto as a villain, but the only time I really liked him as a villain in anything (since it’s so stereotypical to make the god of death evil) was in the Disney version.  Another minor complaint was that the scene change between Cho in Hades and the Olympus Group was rather jarring, since we didn’t get to see how everything back at the Parthenon turned out.  Ariel Olivetti’s art is still really quite pretty, even if he’s still rather awkward with Cho.  And Pluto too, as the way he drew him made him look like he was the Mandarin’s Greek brother or something.  The Agents of Atlas backup was also really heartwarming.  Jeff Parker really did a good job tying it into the rest of the Hercules story, and Reilly Brown provided both the sadness and the happiness appropriate for the story.  So next, we get Cho as the Prince of Power.  I’m definitely looking forward to that, even though this bridge story wasn’t as good as it could have been.  Considering how well Pak and van Lente usually do, I think we can cut them a little slack.

Plot: 8.5      Art: 8.3      Dialogue: 9.0      Overall: 8.4

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