I've greatly enjoyed it, and dont have an issue with any part of it.
This is a story about a Hercules that has fallen low and is far from his best. Once the worlds original super hero - a man whose name was synominous with strength, courage and good deeds - Herc is more commonly recognised these days amongst the hero community as something of a liability - a likable buffoon. A strong man with a drink problem whose tendency to provide friend and foe alike with 'the gift of battle' with only the slightest provocation caused far more problems than it ever solved.
Its about time that changed I think.
Were seeing a Herc that is determined to do better and distance himself from years of drinken antics in the gossip column. It doesnt matter whether Hercules can actually be an alcoholic or not - when boozy antics are so common that they are what youve come to be defined by then you DO have an alcohol problem regardless. His landlady is clearly his 'sponsor' or sorts.
I love the addition of Gil whose ancient title of 'The Forgotten One' is now far more literal than it was ever intended to be. Herc sees a kindred spirit in Gil, or perhaps a cautionary warning of what awaits him if he carries on down his recent self-destructive path.
I also like the fact that Herc is moving with the times and trying to bend to the shape of the world around him. Gone are the skirts, belts and loincloths that had been his somewhat comical trade-mark, now consigned to a display case and replaced with a costume that is both more practical and modern, whilst still leaving no doubt as to the identity of the man who wears it. He's also using modern weaponry and equipment in his quests, and his armoury is a place where gladius' and maces share the space with tazers, RPG's and Barrett .50cal sniper rifles.
Dan Abnett has written a tale here that embraces and shows a keen knowledge of the characters mythological roots whilst simultaniously giving us the most modern and indeed original iteration of Hercules seen at Marvel thus far. It is very much a story where the old meets the new, not just in terms of settings, costumes or the foes he faces, but also in terms of Hercs own character development. He still very much displays the straight forward bravado, courage and even arrogance that he has become famous for, but tempers that with a clear determination to be a better man (God?) and avoide the mistakes of his past whilst realising that helping those around him cant always be done with his fists.
Overall however this was a story that I think delivers plenty of action and entertainment, provides us with a new and unique look at a character who its fair to say has struggled a little to find a niche at Marvel. Many of Marvels other books have been far from either 'all-new' or 'all-different' when you get down to it, but with this Dan Abnett has provided fans with something that definately is I reckon.
Herc lived 3000 years of greatness because of his ways. Modernity is only screwing it up. He's above having to worry about all of this nonsense. Thankfully, the majority seem to agree and are wiping this book.