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Herc: The Complete Series by Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente Paperback – Aug 1 2012
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About the Author
Greg Pak directed his first feature film "Robot Stories" which has played nationwide and won over 30 festival awards. With clients including Nike and Marvel Comics, he edits FilmHelp.com and AsianAmericanFilm.com. One of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 Filmmakers to Watch, Greg studied political science at Yale, history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and film at NYU's graduate program.
David Hahn is the acclaimed illustrator of Vertigo's BITE CLUB, as well as writer/artist of Private Beach, and artist of Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane and Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four.
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My first major gripe is the consistency of the artwork. The first half of the series had nice artwork that was really great to look at and brought the story to life. The second half of the series artwork was comical. It reminds me of newspaper funnies art. It was simply flat and lifeless.
My second gripe is the storytelling. Issues 1-6 were fairly well executed. There's a quest and a purpose for Herc. Throw in some Greek myth references and some modern characters and settings and it's a fairly fun read. Issue 6.1 was interesting but seemed a little out of place as it was more like an overview of Herc now (the artwork was great though, love Mike Grell). Issues 7-10 were pretty annoying. Herc becomes a Spider-Herc and fights the X-Men. I found the dialogue of the X-Men to be nothing like the characters they are suppose to be. I grew up reading X-Men so I expect Wolverine and Gambit to talk in certain ways and this doesn't happen. Also, the storyline of Zeus being turned fat by Hera was not thoroughly explained and was rather annoying as he tags along with Herc and becomes an annoying sidekick. It seems Pak and Van Lente did this to create some comic relief but it didn't work. Also, in this whole series there is no Amadeus Cho! Hello? He was Herc's bust bud for 3 years. Why not have him play a role in this series?
Once you start reading the second half of this book you will see why this series only lasted 10 issues. It started to seem that Pak and Van Lente just stopped caring about the character and Marvel axed it. This is disappointing since the Incredible Hercules run made me appreciate the character in ways I would not have considered before.