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Incredible Hercules, Vol. 2: Secret Invasion Paperback – March 4, 2009

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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (March 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785128298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785128298
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Curley on October 26, 2009
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"Incredible Hercules"'s debut arc was a knockout, spinning out of the events of Marvel's 2007 summer event "World War Hulk". No sooner was that over then the book dived into a new crossover, Marvel's 2008 "Secret Invasion". "Sacred Invasion", so called, addresses an obvious angle to Brian Michael Bendis' Skrull religious crusade for Earth: the confrontation between the gods of Earth and the gods of the Skrull. Kly'bn the Eternal Skrull and Sl'gur't of the Infinite Names are out to usurp the Earth deities, and it's up to our heroes to deal with them.

The story opens with Hercules, his teenage companion Amadeus Cho (boy genius), and his sister Athena, Goddess of Wisdom (who has uncovered the Skrull plot) heading to San Francisco to rendezvous with the Council Elite of the Pantheons. After a scuffle with the Eternals, under the impression that Hercules is one of them, the main plot gets underway. As Athena explains, a Skrull victory will cause the cosmic axis to shift, resulting in the various Earth deities being replaced by Kly'bn and Sl'gur't. Athena's proposal: that Earth launch a preemptive strike on the enemy gods to kill them before they can replace them. She nominates Hercules to lead, to his consternation. Inter-pantheon rivalries result in a rather small force, with representation from each continent: Hercules himself from Europe; Snowbird, the granddaughter of Hodiak, the Inuit Skyfather (North America); Ajak the Eternal, at the bequest of the Aztec, Mayan, and Incan gods (South America); Atum, aka, Demogorge the God-Eater, the omega of all gods and founder of the Egyptian pantheon (Africa); Amatsu-Mikaboshi, the God of Evil of the Kami of Japan (Asia); and, as the Australian contribution, a ship capable of sailing through the Dream-Time to the Skrull gods' residence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2014
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Like the X-Men tie-in for Secret Invasion, this Hercules trade just shows the invasion from an alternate POV from the superheroes: in this case, the many gods/pantheons of Earth. If the Skrulls wipe out humanity, then these gods will be replaced by Skrull gods.

Athena calls a council of Pantheons to discuss the threat and propose an assault on the Skrull gods directly - led by her brother Hercules. I have never read Marvel's Hercules so I was completely unfamiliar with the character in that context. And he is VERY different from the myth and film/tv versions. This Hercules is not a leader; he's more like Hulk and just wants to smash (at least in this story). I didn't care for this interpretation of him and the focus on him bogged the story down to the detriment of possibly more interesting characters. The team of five gods, Greek Hercules, Inuit Snowbird, Eternal Ajak, god-eater Demogorge and the Japanese trickster Mikaboshi, along with former SHIELD genius Cho, travel via Dreamlands to confront the Skrull god. I liked how so many cultures were captured in the story - recalling that humanity has many religions and that Marvel incorporates them into its universe. I wish these others had been given more weight in the story because Herc was so one dimensional.

The story has a lot of action, but also a lot of bickering among the competing gods. My total unfamiliarity with the characters, and the negligible impact on the crossover event, made this a weak tie-in for me. Fans of Hercules, or Secret Invasion completists, will want to read this but most won't be missing anything if they skip it.
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Basic statement of fact: I liked "The Incredible Hercules: Secret Invasion" by Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente. My problem is, I wanted to LOVE the graphic novel, but it didn't give me enough reason to do so.

The basic plot: Marvel long-timer and famed Greek god Hercules leads a group of representatives from the various pantheons of gods & goddesses who were worshiped at some point of time someplace on our planet against the gods worshiped by the invading alien Skrulls. It's always good to see one of my favorites of the Marvel Universe in action, and the combination of other gods and aliens should provide ample opportunity for him to shine.

It was good to see the Eternals - have always loved most of Jack Kirby's creations and their over-the-top costumes (although never thought that plot details and/or dialog were his strongest suits ... but I digress ...). And I applaud finding a way to successfully work Nightmare into the plot - probably my favorite of the cosmic / mystical villains in the Marvel pantheon. And Snowbird ... yes, Claremont / Byrne's Canadian heroes have also been favorites; her appearance was well explained and integral to the plot.

BUT ...
1) I miss Herc's Shakespearean / King James speech patterns. His words were far too ... too American for my tastes.
2) Hercules is tasked with leading a group of various gods into battle, despite the fact he's never led before. Uh ... geeze, doesn't anyone remember L.A.'s first superhero group, the Champions? (Although, perhaps Natasha Romanova evolved into the leader over time.)
3) When graphic novels are reprints of previously-issued comics, I like the collection to be a complete story.
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