Hercules #1


Capsule Review

So much fun. Writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross have completed the … ahem … Herculean task of making me care about Hercules, a comics character that has always been a square peg for me. We join this Hercules at the turning of the tide, a literal anachronism, living in a rented room with his slacker pal Gilgamesh eating ceral on the couch, fighting to find a place for himself in a world overflowing with heroes. Would that there were more heroes like this Hercules, who is full of warmth and zest for life, aware of his past transgressions but not burdened by them, eager to assault the world and take on challenges big and small (in this issue answering pleas for help from kids in the neighborhood and the U.N. Secretary General with equal urgency). This issue is funny, action-packed, thoughtful, wonderfully drawn and written, and a great scene-setter. Hercules is cast as the world’s first superhero. Is he still relevant? Let’s find out! (And while I appreciate that Marvel is properly crediting creators these days, it seems a stretch to state, “Hercules Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby!”)

Approachability For New Readers

Perfect. Plays like the first episode of your next favorite TV series. Jump on.

Read #2?


Sales Rank

#49 November

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Hercules #1



About Paul O'Connor

Revelations and retro-reviews from a world where it is always 1978, published every now and then at www.longboxgraveyard.com!

Posted on December 24, 2015, in Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Does “Hercules recreated for comics by Jack Kirby with dialogues by Stan Lee” ring truer?

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  2. My favorite part, which no one ever deals with, is why do they call Hercules by his Roman name Hercules when every other character in the pantheon uses Greek names. And Abnett nails it! This is an author who might actually like the character he’s writing about and and artist who se ms to be enjoying himself. One of a few bright spots in the reboot. Hope it continues.


    • Cross your fingers and make a sacrifice to Zeus, as the first month numbers weren’t great … but the relaunch numbers haven’t been stellar overall, so maybe Marvel will have no choice but to be patient. I know I am looking forward to a long read of this when it is collected. It has a similar appeal as the Fraction/Aja Hawkeye run of the last several years. I hope it can find its way.


  3. Yeah this one sounds great, and really dig that cover too. Might have to search it out.


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