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Review: Chaos War #4

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Managing Editor
created 12/23/2010 - 11:18am, updated 12/23/2010 - 12:40pm

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CHAOS WAR #4 PREVIEW Cover: Dan Panosian Writers: Fred Van Lente & Greg Pak Pencils: Khoi Pham Inks: Tom Palmer Colors: Sunny Gho Letters: Simon Bowland Publisher: Marvel Release Date: December 15th, 2010   The penultimate issue of this “event” by Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak sees the God Squad lost and a Cho/Galactus team-up while the remainder of those gods and “in-betweeners” surviving relax in Hawaii. If it does not sound interesting, it is not. CHAOS WAR #4 continues the cosmic mishmash whose decline really began in issue #2, where the fun seemed to vanish, the uniqueness of the God Squad was lost in Hercules getting to know his new self as an All-Father, and Cho constantly making like Hellstorm, screaming “end of the world” epithets when Herc needs a word of hope. The sad part is I can imagine what this quasi-cosmic/mythic event could have been, given the right slant, a decrease in constantly reminding us who and what Chaos King is and wants, and, as Cho points out, a cease of Herc acting like his old self while elevated to the power set of an All-Father. Now I know all these story threads are from Incredible Hercules, a book I never followed, but I know the Herc/Cho duo from Mighty Avengers (and of course, I have read Herc for decades) and I think if the Lion of Olympus had just found himself a lot sooner instead of constantly embarrassing himself in front of everyone, this would-be cosmic slobberknocker would have been out of sight! Galactus here has been totally wasted until this issue’s team-up with Cho. I would’ve liked more cosmic abstracts included – where are Lord Chaos, Master Order and the In-Betweener? – and fewer Skyfather soap operas. Finally this issue, Hercules realizes who he is, comes to grips with his new identity and maybe issue #5 will join issue #1 in the fun department. As it has been, Chaos War has had a couple of good sparks, some great offshoot minis and not much else. “More cosmic than Annihilation,” indeed. Sigh.

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