Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG
Writer: Elliott Kalan
Artist: Alessandro Ranaldi
Colors: Dearbhla Kelly
Letters: Jeff Eckleberry
Cover: Jae Lee
Editor: Nate Crosby
Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Story: 3.8 Stars
Artwork: 3.5 Stars
Cover Artwork: 4.5 Stars
Dialogue: 4.0 Stars
Mechanics: 4.1 Stars
Editing: 4.2 Stars
About the Book:
Hades has decided to steal the Golden Fleece. Most of his team has already signed on. He needs just one more member to complete the entourage. Now Hades and his team must journey to the Labyrinth to recruit the Minotaur!
Given the times and where humans were at in scientific advancement, Greek mythology was a plausible explanation of why natural phenomena occurred. These explanations also gave people some entertaining stories. As time passed the majority of the phenomena were explained scientific reasoning.
The stories lived on through the years. We’ve seen many of these stories resurface in pop culture with movies like “The Clash of the Titans” and “Hercules”. With Dynamite Comics adding Disney Villains: Hades to their publications, we are getting a comic book title that dovetails with “Jason and the Argonauts”.
As we progress through Disney Villains: Hades we get to see the ups and downs of being a god. Hades can’t just snap his fingers and make his desires come to fruition. He needs help and his supporting cast of minions seems to have trouble doing the job correctly.
Kalan’s work on this title is wonderful. The way he interweaves a compelling plot with humor makes this story very easy to fall into. Jason’s portrayal as the frat guy that lucks his way into everything has been a joy to see.
Normally I don’t go after variant covers. There are times when I end up with one because that was all that was left on the shelves at my local comic book store. This one is the exception to the rule. I was very impressed with this cover. I chose it over the standard one. This cover embodies the tone for the issue perfectly. It has just the right amount of whimsy while showing how dangerous the Minotaur can be.
The artwork on the interior pages meshes nicely with the story to help pull the reader deeper into this book. The panels look like frames from animation cels. Given that this book is based on an animated movie, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The artwork allows Pain and Panic to look their best, even when they’re at their worst.
As a geek on a budget I am all in on Disney Villains: Hades. This series has a great storyline that is filled with fun for all ages. It is a must read for any “Hercules” fan.