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Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens #2 Review

Wrath of the Heavens is a fitting title for a book that seeks to re-tell the twelve labors of Hercules as Gears of War – Greek Mythology edition continues here. And if you were wondering the answer is: yes the high caliber quality from that epic first issue carries over to this release as the creative team plays with the original legends while adapting the very essence of it for a new generation. Because of that the comic never loses the backing of its origins, but instead augments them in the right way as it embraces hard, gritty and brutal science fiction.

Jean-David Morvan hits the nail on the head with a script that wastes no time thrusting the audience, and our protagonist, to his next mission. As punishment for the murder of this family our merc is sent to Argolid to perform some taks. Last time he took on a mechanical man eating lion, now he’s sent to take out a series of failed experiments. What I love about the written word here is that the text builds up the context of the narrative while subtly widening the scope of it. It’s a hard balancing act to pull off to be honest but the author does so perfectly.

I have to take a moment to gush over the artwork by Looky and Olivier Thill! From the first panel to the final page the dynamic duo presents a brilliant level of detail that pushes the boundaries of the medium itself. Each rendition from our titular hero to his allies or the lords he serves they’re just all exquisitely rendered with steady lines and an uber attention. I just can’t get over how good this book looks, so when you go to your local shop and you’re eager to add one more title to your list just open the cover and see a sight to behold as Titan has another winner.

 

VERDICT

 

Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens #2 is the type of comic I hope to find. It’s an epic with science fiction as part of its setting and the creative team simply understands that right from the start. The end result is a brutal but wonderfully realized opus that more than deserves to find itself an audience! So by all means rush out and grab a copy because you’ve had a rough week and you need a reward.

9.5 Stars (9.5 / 10)

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