Today, Marvel announced a new ongoing comic book series for Hercules, who the publisher is, wisely, billing as “the world’s first super hero.” “Hercules” #1 marks a new beginning for the character and hits stores in November. The new series boasts a mighty creative team in writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross. The first issue’s cover is by Clay Mann.
One of the greatest heroes of ancient Greek mythology, the demi-god Hercules is considered the first super hero of the Marvel Universe’s Earth. In the new series, the son of Zeus is looking to re-establish himself as the standard for heroism in the current age. With Gilgamesh by his side, Hercules will face threats locally in New York City, as well as around the world and galaxy.
All of the above sounds quite promising, with the exception of Herc being based in NYC. Marvel’s New York City is over run with super heroes, lacking the necessary room for a hero of Hercules’ immense presence. With much of the Marvel Universe undergoing a fresh start, why not branch some of these characters out? Especially in the case of a character like Hercules, who, logically, is a better fit elsewhere. Setting “Hercules” in Greece not only gives one the opportunity to explore Hercules’ rich history from the Greek myths, but also take advantage of the story potential of Greece’s current economic woes? Is Hercules doing the most good sharing a thriving city with Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Avengers and many more or in a small nation struggling to stay afloat and with few heroes of its own? Is Greece, itself, not a perfect example of Hercules’ own struggle as a historical leader struggling to establish himself in the modern age?
Marvel describes the series as:
Protect the innocent, defend the world, save the day. Olympus’s favorite son is back like you’ve never seen him before! An ancient warrior in the modern day, Hercules battles everything from street-level crime to cosmic scale threats. Whether it’s protecting his block, his city or the entire world – no labor is too big or too small for the mighty Hercules! But a new evil has awoken – one that will push the demi-god to the limit and test his mighty resolve. The world’s first super hero is back in the fight, but will his new lease on life be short lived?
“Hercules” #1 launches in November by Dan Abnett and Luke Ross. Be sure to add it to your pull lists now. The series will be available at comic shops everywhere, as well as digital platforms.