EDITOR's NOTE: Hercules: The Knives of Kush #1 will be in stores August 12.
Picking up after the events of Hercules: The Thracian Wars, we find Hercules and his now smaller crew sailing for the land of the pharaohs. As it turns out, there is a civil war going on and team Hercules lands right in the middle of it. Unknowingly, of course, because nothing is ever easy. With a less than warm welcome to Egypt, Hercules finds himself in charge of keeping one of the pharaohís wives safe, but the pharaoh has alternate plans for the band of mercenaries.
You know whatís nice about these Hercules stories? They are well contained. Itís written as a five book series and it doesnít feel like itís too short or too big for its limit. I just finished reading the first arc and I loved it, and Iím really pleased with this new one, The Knives of Kush. This is what entertainment should be, an overall pleasing story with good characters and a good mixture of plot and action. Since itís only one issue in it might be a bit early to say it, but what the hell: I think The Knives of Kush just might be better than Hercules: The Thracian Wars. The story is already kick-started into adventure mode, whereas in Hercules: The Thracian Wars there was some building up that needed to happen. Here, in The Knives of Kush we already know the characters, we know the general back story, so thereís no need to pussyfoot around all of that. We just jump straight into mayhem.
There are some other things that make the story great. The fact that Steve Moore knows how to tell an amusing story helps a lot--or a ton. Really, if his writing was only half as good the comics would still be a fun read, but lucky for us Mr. Moore can weave a damn fine and entertaining tale. Of course, Radical is known for the painted comic art and itís just as good in the new series as it was in the last, although this time around there seems to be more color. Perhaps thatís because itís set in Egypt and not in dark and gloomy Gaul.
Sit back and enjoy the ride kids, it looks like itís going to be a good one. Ancient cults, Egyptian civil war, Hercules smashing faces with his club, pirates--what more could you ask for? Itís high adventure, plain and simple, like the classic Sinbad movies. I say Sinbad because I have yet to see a good Hercules movie (sorry Governor Schwarzenegger), and Iíll be dead before I count that bullcookies version Disney put out. This comic is the best weíve got so far and a must read for fans of the sword and sandals flicks. This is definitely one of the best series coming out of Radical.
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