The son of Zeus makes his debut in this comic collection. This graphic novel is great. It gathers Hercules’ debut comic as he tests his strength against his cousin Thor. However, even more impressive is the Hercules arc which sees him finding a new home as he becomes the protector of New York and faces the henchmen of the fallen God of War, Ares.
The opening comic features the Marvel debut of the Greek god. This issue shows us the strength that this demigod possesses as he tests his strength against one of Marvel’s strongest and most popular heroes, Thor. This is a great issue which was released in 1965, a time where Hercules could get away with that costume. However, in the more modern arc (“Hercules: Gods of Brooklyn”), we see a brand new Hercules, one stripped of immortality but loved by the people and, yes, his costume gets a much needed upgrade.
This 6-issuearc finds Hercules taking down the Warhawks as they attempt to resurrect their god, Ares. Much like Captain America, Hercules finds himself to be a “man out of time”. He is not familiar with the modern world. Thankfully, he finds himself protecting it regardless as he is guided by the prayers of his worshippers.
This comic is great, especially when it comes to the action scenes as Hercules has every Greek weapon and fighting technique at his disposal. Each time one of these weapons or strikes make a debut in the comic we are given a brief history lesson on Hercules and his feats. Hercules finds himself in the middle of a turf war as opposing forces attempt to make New York their new empire. Expect loads of villains from both the criminal underworld and the realm of the supernatural.
The art in the 6 issue arc is great. The attention to detail is amazing and Hercules looks like a god amongst men. The character designs look great and Hercules gets a more contemporary costume as his followers believe his mini-skirt and sandals is not a great look for the people’s champion. The proportions of Hercules and the other characters in the story are pretty consistent and the colouring also helps to give the comic a more serious look and feel, despite Hercules cracking the odd joke here and there. The characters expressions and movements are easy to follow and understand, making for an enjoyable read.
This graphic novel is a great addition to the series. It humanises a demigod and we get to see him become a man as he realises the importance of humanity and mortality. This is definitely one of the stronger additions to this already impressive series. Make sure you grab you copy!