Written by: Al Ewing, Mark Waid, and Jim Zub
Art by: Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Jesus Aburtov, and VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 20, 2019
I was not a huge fan of the first issue of this weekly series, but seeing Hercules back in action put a smile on my face. Ewing, Waid, and Zub also set up Nyx to be a pretty badass villain by ripping through gods and Avengers alike. So, I was looking forward to seeing if the second issue got me more onboard overall or sent me looking for another book to plop my money down for. So, which it? Let’s find out…
This issue is a Hawkeye-centric one and while that is not a bad thing, per se, it kind of sets up an early trend I hope doesn’t continue. That trend is jumping around each issue to focus on another character. I hope that isn’t the case and really, I want to get things back to Hercules more than anything else.
While we get some okay Hawkeye narration, we also get a flashback of what Nyx did to the gods before the last issue. I guess it fills in some blanks and there is an important part with her and Zuess, but it felt overly long and somewhat unnecessary at points. The problem is the rest of the issue kind of felt like that as well and for the second issue in a series, that spells big trouble.
The issue looks fantastic, thanks to Paco Medina and the entire art team, but storywise, it’s just one big fight scene. We already know that Nyx kicks ass so seeing her do it some more did nothing for me and even when our heroes get some licks in, it doesn’t seem to matter much.
I am intrigued by the ending, but getting there was a bit confusing. I hope that confusion was a planned thing because I want some answers, but also want to see what happens next between Clint and the Hulk. In fact, right now, that’s the only thing I really care about!
For the second issue of a weekly book, not a lot is going on here. It looks great and the cliffhanger had me excited, but as far as the main story, I really could care less. It’s a shame, but I think I am giving Waid, Ewing, and Zub one more issue to impress me because they haven’t so far.