Originally introduced in the pages of Lee and Kirby’s Thor comic, Hercules was intended to be a lighter and more jovial view of the mythological hero. Acting as a foil to the moody and stoic god of thunder, Hercules had a love for wine, women, song and fighting (in that order). After his introduction, it was thought that the character would make an interesting addition to the Avengers roster and the Olympian gained a strong fan following.
There have been numerous mini-series and short-run titles featuring Hercules, but the character really came into his own after he took over the Incredible Hulk monthly title (renaming it Incredible Hercules). Combining exciting superheroic action/adventure and mythology in each issue, the Incredible Hercules series was a fan favorite. The writing team of Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, Planet Hulk, World War Hulk) and Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies 3, 4 and 5, X-Men Noir, Cowboys & Aliens) created an amazing monthly book that got people talking online and in stores. The death of Hercules followed by the Prince of Power mini-series and Chaos War (the final issue out this week) have catapulted this also-ran hero into cult fandom. I’m happy to see that Pak and Van Lente aren’t finished with old Herc yet!
Just because Chaos War is over doesn’t mean that your monthly fill of Hercules will be going away anytime soon. Marvel announced today the brand new ongoing series Herc, written by Chaos War scribes Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, along with art by Neil Edwards.
“This ain’t the heavenly spires of Mount Olympus, the plush comforts of Avengers Tower or some hot night club known where the body shots are on the house. Herc’s in the dark alleys of the Marvel Universe—the mean streets of New York,” said Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. “There’s no one to watch his back and, if he doesn’t play it smart, he can be maimed…or even killed. The easy days of life as a god are over.”
Hercules is back to dish out some beatdowns to the criminal underworld; not exactly a place we’re used to seeing him. From tying in to Fear Itself to the grind of street level crime, it seems Pak and Van Lente are preparing to keep the character’s plate full for quite a while.
Herc #1 debuts on April 6, 2011, with Herc #2 following only two weeks later on the April 20.