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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 131

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at the first story arc in Incredible Hercules, “Against the World,” by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and Khoi Pham!


This storyline picks up where World War Hulk left off, with Hercules and the young genius Amadeus Cho on the run from SHIELD after their efforts to aid Hulk during World War Hulk.

Hercules is willing to try to work things out with SHIELD while Cho wants to bring the agency down (he blames SHIELD for the death of his parents). Eventually, Hercules changes his mind after SHIELD sends the Mighty Avengers, including Hercules’ longtime foe (and half-brother) Ares after him.

Ares decides to spray hydra blood in Hercules’ face, which drives Hercules insane, thus giving Ares the perfect pretext to take down his old enemy.

Ares has some very notable (and very cool) scenes during this storyline. Here’s one of them (from last year’s cool comic book moments….


Awesome, huh?

Later on, in another cool comic book moment, Van Lente, Pak and Pham do a brilliant job with Hercules’ hallucinations, showing him viewing Black Widow (of the Mighty Avengers) as she appeared when she and Hercules were on the Champions together…

That’s a great scene, no?

In any event, after he escapes, Hercules next has to vie with his own comrade, as Cho is dead set against taking down SHIELD, so Hercules has to stop him while still vying with that pesky Ares.

The whole arc is available in softcover and it’s well worth a read – fun action, good humor and great artwork.


Love this series. Van Lente’s combination of myth, humour, and superheros is spot on for my tastes. It combines action and comedy perfectly for me.

One of my top three favourites from either Marvel or DC in the last five years. I always loved Hercules dating back to Bob Layton’s first mini (not the second one!), and Cho follows in the Kitty Pryde, Jubilee mould of young, new characters, save for the fact that he is far better written, but the real breakout from this series for me was Ares. I think a mistake was made when he didn’t feature much after this arc :(

The Crazed Spruce

May 12, 2010 at 6:40 am

Sadly, I’ve never read the comic. (I have got to pick that trade up some day….)

Still, “Hot damn, I’m evil!” is probably the single best line of dialogue ever written. :)

loved the story line . including the black widow telling Herc that he intimdated her so much she had to read how to try and make him human . not to mention love how wonder man is busy trying to flirt with the woman that Ares blindsides him and steals her car while she is happy to be near wonder man.

I’m not as much in love with the art, but that story is GREAT!

The whole series even. To me, that’s the best series Marvel publishes (I’m hoping it will return as soon as Cho’s “solo” mini finishes).

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Hehe, that actually looks pretty good. Damn ever-expanding Amazon Wish list…

Matthew Johnson

May 12, 2010 at 8:18 am

Amadeus is dead set *on* taking out SHIELD, isn’t he?

Can’t ever have enough Hercules. I hope we get to see some stuff from later on in the run!

The one issue of Hercules I’ve read wasn’t that great, but this story looks fantastic.

Ares rules.

The “stop the virus!/smash those missiles!” bit was what convinced me to start picking up this book.

Black Widow weighs 130 lbs, evidently. Is she fatter than Carol Danvers?

:) that actually looks good, love this series.


May 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Good call!

I hope to see Love And War feature at some point.

Herc’s total disinterest in rescuing Amadeus was hilarious – particularly the thumbs up scene.

Damn, I love this comic. Greg Pak is fantastic, and Fred Van Lente is so good, he deserves to have, I don’t know, a whole day dedicated to him every year. We could call it… Hmm, let’s see… Van Lentemas!

Greg Pak’s real strength comes in his ability to blend humor with well plotted storytelling. Same goes for Fred Van Lente (except for X-Men Noir), so it’s only natural they’d be good co-writers.

Really love that this isn’t the serious business/police procedural Bendis feels every Marvel title should have. In fact, I want to go and find that Champions story they reference now!!!

Good story, though I’m often irritated by how often Wonder Man gets jobbed.

BTW, Cho is dead set in favour of taking down SHIELD, not “against” it.

And 130 pounds for a woman of BW’s size and build is a healthy weight. Not like the emaciated model weights that Marvel too often gives its female characters.

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