If you were a bit upset over the death of Hercules, then you may be in for a real treat! This first may hint at the Greek God's return...
The GoodThis is a great introductory issue for new readers unfamiliar with these characters. Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente team up to bring you a comedic story which is a relatively easy read and fills in the blanks of many Marvel events without confusing the new reader. Pak and Van Lente focus on Amadeus Cho, the newly appointed Prince of Power; a seventeen year old kid who runs 'The Olympus Group.' I absolutely loved the way Van Lente and Pak used Reilly Brown's artwork to depict the way that Cho sees the world- in numbers and equations. Cho's character is captured really well in the very beginning of the issue.
Good comic writing generally means that a lot of the story can be explained or expressed in very few words, and I think that these two writers really have a grasp of what makes Cho's character and relayed that brilliantly within the first few pages of the issue. The story starts out strong, with a battle, and we are introduced to who I assume is Cho's "instructor," Athena. Greek and Norse mythology heavily influence the storyline which in turn, maintains a rather 'unbelievable' quality. In other words, the events in this first issue are so unbelievable (and often comedic) that they are ridiculous- but not necessarily in a bad way. In no way do Pak and Van Lente try to ground this character and his story in reality.
"Cuz he's a natural-born 'hypermind'...capable of identifying the variables and quantum possibilities of any situation."