Rock me, Amadeus!
This apotheosis has been planned for a long time by writers Grek Pak and Fred Van Lente, being the seventh part in an octalogy that’s been running throughout INCREDIBLE HERCULES. Now, with artist Reilly Brown, they shall realize their long-held vision.
In a press release from Marvel, Van Lente elaborated…
"Once the overall plan for INCREDIBLE HERCULES coalesced in our minds around 'Sacred Invasion,' it was conceived as a long single story of about eight story arcs long. Prince of Power' is the seventh arc. As Hercules was the greatest hero of the Iron Age, which ended with 'Assault on New Olympus,' Amadeus is destined to be the greatest hero of this new Heroic Age the Marvel Universe finds itself in."
Pak seconded Van Lente’s description of this storyline’s epic scope…
"We're entering the third act of this first massive epic we envisioned for INCREDIBLE HERCULES. So get ready for a non-stop series of payoffs and revelations. All of the themes and relationships and emotional storylines that we've been building for Hercules and Amadeus are coming to a head."
Like Frodo coming into the possession of the One Ring, the hitherto mostly-unknown Cho will become a big player in the scheme of the Marvel universe. According to Van Lente, "[PRINCE OF POWER] sets the new status quo for Marvel mythology in the Heroic Age.”
Fittingly, Cho’s going to be bumping heads with members of various pantheons - - both those from Marvel’s cosmology and from world religions. Among the familiar faces Cho will rub shoulders are the jade giant, Hulk and Norse god of thunder, Thor. However, there are some who won’t be too pleased about Amadeus’ ascension and Mr. Cho may even run the risk of running mad with his new power.
So speaks Pak…
"One of the great themes of classic mythology has been the risk that mortal heroes take by encroaching on the turf of the gods. We're about to see the impact of the biggest transgression a mortal can make upon multiple pantheons in the Marvel Universe… Generally the risk when mortals get tapped by gods to do their work is that the power they receive may be too much for them to handle. But the danger for Amadeus is that he may actually want more.”
This all sounds positively seven kinds of epic, to me. How about you, Comic Vine community? Is this the spin-off INCREDIBLE HERCULES devotees have been waiting for? Is Amadeus Cho destined to join the legendary names in the Marvel universe? SPEAK!
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.