I mean, erm, let me regain my composure a little bit.
Fred Van Lente has a post up on Twitter that might make you sad: “Just typed “So Ends the Eighth & Final Volume of THE INCREDIBLE HERCULES” in me & Greg’s outline. Sigh. Thanks, all you readers, thank you.” He later reminded readers that that eighth volume is the current event storyline, Chaos War.
The Incredible Hercules has been, bar-none, one of the most fun books that Marvel has printed in years, following an unlikely spin-off to Greg Pak’s World War Hulk saga. With the Incredible Hulk title suddenly (inexplicably?) becoming INCREDIBLE HERCULES, the story teamed up the great goofy Greek powerhouse with Amadeus Cho, a super-smart teen subversive sidekick. So successful was Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak’s launch that they’ve even spun off their own Marvel event, called Chaos War.
According to Van Lente, the series was “always intended for 8 [volumes],” but at the same time, I think the sense of humor and charm generated by this book has always made iHerc an important star in the Marvel publishing constellation. Will Marvel — CAN Marvel — take the epic writing team of Pak and Van Lente apart? Here’s hoping that the duo sticks together and continues working their magic elsewhere in the Marvel Universe.