Friday, February 12, 2010

Hercules and Amadeus Cho


One of the absolute best comics out on the market right now is Incredible Hercules. Originally taking over the numbering of the Incredible Hulk (so Red Hulk could take center stage for a while) it quickly became apparent that this wasn't just mere filler while the Hulk was away - this was a major title in it's own right. Right off the bat we where treated to a wonderful mix of more accurate mythological stories alongside a kick butt buddy movie. It was a stroke of genius to simply give Hercules a side kick, in that of boy Genius Amadeus Cho. I know, the strong partner and the smart partner has never been an original buddy-formula, but that never made the relationship between Cho and Hercules ever boring. What I think really stuck with people, and why the series has continued to go on gaining more and more readers, is the fact Amadeus Cho is a great hero in his own right. He was originally one of Marvel's test projects, having a New Amazing Fantasy issue (the same book Spider-Man debuted in so many years ago.) Nothing much came out of that series except for Amadeus Cho, who never got utilized until the World War Hulk saga (where he meet Hercules). Suddenly this ingeniously designed character had a place to shine. He might be a hyper genius, able to do calculations on the fly and bring down a helicarrier with a pebble (if thrown correctly), but his genius was never played as either annoying of self centered.

Hercules and Amadeus have had some great adventures so far


They have Fought Ares God of War, Hercules' Half Brother...

They Formed a God Squad to fight Skrull Deities...

They have had failed romances...

They have fought Amazons...

They have joined the Avengers...

They went to the Under World to Free Herc's Father Zeus...

They have impersonated Thor...

Athena's Champions


During all of these adventures Hercules' sister Athena has been guiding them. As the series progressed, it became more and more clear that Athena has had a lot of vested interest in this duo. Amadeus eventually learns that Athena even manipulated his rise to being a hero - and has plans for him to be her next Champion, after (dumm, dumm, duuuummmm) Hercules dies!

At least that's what it looks like so far. I wouldn't count Herc down and out yet - but Amadeus, at least for now, looks to be filling in for Hercules as the new Prince of Power. The new series has been announced, and Cho is wielding Hercules' old Mace. While whatever happens to Hercules is of importance, I can't tell you how excited I am to see Cho getting the attention he deserves.

Here's some art from the upcoming relaunching title

This image is labeled as coming from www.tentonstudios.com


This image is labeled as coming from www.tentonstudios.com

I have high hopes the series continues to do well. It's been a great adventure so far, and one of Marvel's most smartly written and fun titles. I highly urge anyone to give it a try. There are some good Oversized Hardcovers Marvel's been putting out of the series. You can find a good price for them at Amazon.com.

Here are some other images, to give you an idea of the great art the series offers as well.

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