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The Hero Book One Hardcover – July 7, 2015
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What I thought: Honestly, David Rubin could have told me anything with that sleek, clean art and I would have loved it. Barry Trotter, Harry Potter parody? Yeah. I still would have loved it.
David Rubin has such a unique and clean style. He uses a lot of bold lines and solid colors. I’ve seen his art before but this is the first story I’ve read and it was an amazing starting point for me. I’m going to devotedly follow his work after this.
As for the story itself, it’s pretty good. It’s a unique retelling of Hercules’s twelve labors. I really liked the tech aspect of it. It was just the right amount of monitors, cell phones, and motorcycles in ancient Greece to throw you off but not detract from the story.
If I take the art away from the story then this was just pretty good, nothing to write home about. But combined with the art, it’s really something special.
If you enjoy the first installment then you will also like the continuation of the story. What comes across as simple naivety in Heracles character develops more fully in Book Two. However, this one stands on its own and both have something really superior to offer when compared to other graphic novels that came out this year.