Illusive Mr. Watson Reviews
Watson works at Illusive Comics and Games, the store from
which we do our (mostly) weekly podcast. He's in the trenches,
organizing comics, selling comics and cleaning up after
comics fans. Recently he agreed to do a pick of the week
for us. So please welcome Tim Watson...
Hercules: The Thracian Wars #1
guys! The lovely and talented Tim here proudly presents
to you my first ever comic choice of the week. For this
week my choice was fairly slim due to the lack of titles
released, but despite that my choice is Hercules,
one of the flagship titles launched for the new Radical
Comics publishing company.
their new titles, Radical decided to only have a cost of
a dollar for the first book with the choice of two different
covers. Out of the two covers available, I chose the Jim
Steranko cover which has Hercules standing in the background
holding his helm. The book is written by Steve Moore and
art by Admira Wijaya. To be honest with you, before this
book I have never read a title from either of these people.
onto the book itself. It starts out with crows feasting
on their choice of a buffet from those killed in a slaughter
with a narrator describing events of why crows are how they
are. Then we go onto travelers heading to the town of Thebes
from Greece. It is quickly discerned that they are the messenger
party of Hercules himself, describing the fact that Thebes
is a slum, along with the visualization of how crappy the
area really is.
quickly come up to the capitol which besides having a wooden
wall surrounding it the building is just as run down as
the rest of the city. After entering the royal court our
two messengers, Iolaus and Meneus, begin talking with the
king. The king and his court quickly begin to talk down
upon the demi-god as he is not present to defend himself.
losing his cool Meneus nearly draws his sword but is quickly
stopped by Iolaus just as the rest of Hercules' party arrives.
Introductions are quickly made and quickly the locals begin
making fun of Hercules and his party again, and a challenge
is made to Hercules to shoot an arrow into a target. Instead,
he quickly assassinates a guard and all hell breaks loose.
reason I chose this title for this week was quite biased;
I simply love Greek mythology. When I saw a new Hercules
title I decided I must have it. After reading the first
few pages I was hooked by Admira Wijaya’s art style.
The story flowed quite nicely and I can’t wait for
the next part to see how it is resolved.
is a must read for any Conan the Barbarian fan or anyone
who likes blood and violence. Go check it out. It's worth
it. Trust me.