By Greg Pak (writer), Khoi Pham (pencils), Paul Neary & Danny Miki (inks), Dennis Callero (colors)

Could it be? Could it be that I’m actually enjoying this book more with Hercules and Amadeus Cho at the helm than when it was just Bruce Banner running around on an alien planet as Conan? To answer that question, it’s really like comparing apples and oranges. Other than the two protagonists being brutes, you really can’t compare the two. But one thing is certain, Greg Pak and company are putting out one of the most entertaining comics you’ll read each month.

In what feels like a pivotal issue, Amadeus Cho hovers dangerously close to crossing the line and becoming a full-fledged villain. There’s no doubt that Cho would be one of the most dangerous villains in the Marvel Universe were he to tread down that path. He’s conflicted, young, extremely resourceful, and always feels like he’s doing the right thing. He’s got SHIELD by the balls and he’s unwilling to flinch because of the past misdeeds the organization’s done to him and those he cares about. Even Hercules cannot dissuade the kid from getting revenge, but with Ares pummeling the crap out of him, it’s a bit hard to concentrate on the problem at hand.

Using a perfect blend of hilarity, flashbacks, and action, the writing team of Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente smack another issue out of the park. There’s a wonderful chemistry between Hercules and Cho that almost make this book feel like a “buddy cop adventure”. Penciler, Khoi Pham along with Paul Neary and Danny Miki on inks serve up another fantastic feast for the eyes. I heard Pham is leaving the book soon, and I really hope that doesn’t happen. Arthur Adam’s cover? His best Hercules piece to date. The farewell tribute to Hercules’ colorist Stephane Peru, who recently passed away is touching. Seriously, there’s nothing to not like about this book.  (Grade: A)

– J. Montes

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