Incredible Hulk - Hercules Unleashed #1: Review

Oct 1996
Peter David, Mike Deodato Jr.

Story Name:

In The Shadow Of Argo

Review & Comments

Rating:
5 stars

 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk - Hercules Unleashed #1 Synopsis by Fabian D'Souza
Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts are returning home. Whilst on their journey, they’re attacked by a Hydra. Herc cuts off it’s head and pours a sealant on its neck, preventing it from regenerating. Eurytus praises Herc that he always was the smartest one of them. Deathcry awakes Herc from his dream. They’re heading back to Earth.

Meanwhile in Fargo, Hulk is hiding from Colonel St. Cary Lawrence. Hulk goes on the offensive and then takes refuge in a hotel.

Herc asks Black Widow what happened to all Earth’s heroes. He can’t believe they all disappeared in their fight with Onslaught. Black Widow can’t seem to reply. He sees that only the Hulk is alive in Fargo. Once reaching Earth, he appears before Hulk asking him to help find Earth’s lost heroes. A really pissed Hulk punches Herc. A battle ensues.

During the battle- which is clearly in Hulk’s favor- Herc remembers his wife Deianira and how she was always loyal to him while he wasn’t deserving of it (He used to flirt with Iole or Oechalia). He also recalls the way Jason died on their way home when his ship crashed. Hulk is about to end Herc when they’re instantly transported to Olympia.

At Olympia Hebe feeds Hercules some of her ambrosia, thus healing him completely. Zeus asks Herc if he could just stand by whilst his son was murdered. He goes on to offer Herc a boon. Herc asks to use the scrying pool to look for Earth’s lost heroes. He then asks Zeus where Hulk is.

Hulk has totaled Apollo and is guzzling down Dionysus’ wine. When Herc returns, he wakes up Hulk. He says that there are two ways home- 1) to the East i.e. via Greece or 2) to the west via Ossa and Pellion. Herc says the latter route poses all sorts of perils and is much longer. Hulk says he’s is no hurry. The story ends with Hulk and Herc battling monsters en route Ossa and Pellion.

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Mike Deodato Jr.
Mike Deodato Jr.
Scott Rockwell
Mike Deodato Jr. (Cover Penciler)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Apollo.