By Steve Moore (story), Admira Wijaya (art), Imaginary Friends Studios & Sixth Creation (colors)

A fitting end to what promises to be the first of many series. Hercules has delivered in just about every aspect a comic reader could ask for. And though this last issue has a few scenes that jump too quickly, it still provides for a thrilling conclusion – wrapping up every loose end in a very thrilling fashion. There’s particularly one line in the book that literally made me yell out, “Oh damn!”. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but it’s where Hercules finally deals with Cotys’ daughter. It’s brutal, poignant, and thrilling at the same time. This line and scene better be in the movie – it’s the climax of the book, and honestly, just brilliant in every way. You hear me, Radical? Don’t leave this scene out!

As much as I love this final installment, it’s not without its faults. Personally, I would have rather seen more of Hercules’ gang breaking back into the city and working their way to Cotys rather than the series of obstacles he presents to them as he flees. It’s all a bit too videogame-ish in execution and does nothing but slow down the inevitable. But the violence and storytelling that take place are pure eye candy. Seeing Tydeus get his glory and his inner berserker on will no doubt be one of the big highlights for every reader.

Though Hercules may be without some of his partners by the end of this issue, I’m hoping we’ll see a reappearance at some point down the road. This is a great series, easily one of the best stories I’ve read of 2008. Do yourself a favor and hunt down the back issues of wait for the inevitable trade. Just make sure you check it out. As for me, bring on the next series! (Grade: A-)

– J. Montes