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Subj: Hercules #1 was an Olympian success
Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 at 11:02:16 am EST (Viewed 158 times)
I'm of the opinion (and long have been) that Marvel should do a Hercules film. Sure, I know, they can't stop other studios from doing their own Hercules films, but the thing is, only Marvel can do a Hercules film that's set in the Marvel Universe, and that makes all the difference. Marvel's Hercules film can have SHIELD in it, and Captain America. Marvel's Hercules can join the Avengers.
I mention all that because the interpretation of Hercules we're getting from Dan Abnett and Luke Ross is perfect for film. Their Hercules has been around since the Stone Age, and says so, and thinks about what it means for that to be true. Their Hercules has been goofing off in recent years, getting drunk and making merry and only occasionally being heroic. Their Hercules has tired of that now, and is reawakening to what he has been for tens of thousands of years: the first superhero, model for all who followed.
That's perfect for film. It gives him a special place in Marvel's pantheon. It gives him a unique perspective the audience will easily understand.
The comic also gave us Gilgamesh ("the Forgotten Hero") as Herc's freeloading and, I think, clinically depressed house guest. Presumably Gilgamesh will rise up in upcoming issues to fight at Herc's side. The two of them will be quite formidable together.
We saw Athena appear to Hercules without saying a word. We don't know why she did that, and neither does Herc, but he aims to find out.
We saw Hercules help two little boys with a big problem, and take as his only payment some fantasy trading cards. Kaiju (Japanese for giant monster) cards. We also saw Hercules accept a mission from the Secretary General of the United Nations. Something about a sea monster. Interesting that one of the Kaiju cards depicted a sea monster. Coincidence? Right now we don't know. But Herc said he smelled sorcery on the boys. Maybe it was the bad guy's sorcery (the bad guy Herc defeated on behalf of the boys). Or maybe it wasn't.
This is the Herc book you've been waiting for. I mean, sure, Greg Pak's version with Amadeus Cho was cool and all. I liked it. But what we have here is on a different level entirely. Give it a try!