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Dude Review: The Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules

by Richard

I’m going to keep reviewing these until at least one of you drops by the comments section to let me know that you actually bought a collection of the best comic book being published today. And, no, that’s not damning with faint praise. I love The Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules. It pushes all my buttons. It’s got humor, mythology, humor, butt kicking and smart alekry up the wazzoo. In short, it’s incredible. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Oh, yeah. And this collection has the best sound effect ever committed to paper. Take a look.

Come on! How can you not love the purple nurple of the gods?

Let me explain. For reasons too complicated to go into right now, the Incredible Hercules has to pose as his rival, the Mighty Thor (hence the title) and, this being a superhero comic, the two get into a fight. Now, Thor isn’t used to fighting bare chested. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem. But, see, Hercules isn’t above fighting dirty to win and is willing to give out a purple nurple (notice the sound effect “nurp” is, in fact, purple).

Being a serialized comic book, this could be a bit confusing, if it weren’t for the fact that The Incredible Hercules has the most inventive and fun recap pages ever speeding people up to brought. Basically, Herc has to impersonate Thor to stop an invasion of Earth by some particularly dire elves. Things do not go as planned and Thor has to impersonate Herc to stop the whole thing. Once again, things do not go as planned.

Dude! That hurts just looking at it.

Thor, normally one of the most noble fair-fightingest of the Marvel universe takes well to playing the part of Hercules. Perhaps too well. And, of course, notice the sound effect which, if sounded out, will sound suspiciously like nut crack. Hmm. Wonder where they got the idea for that sound effect? (To get a better look at this and the next picture, make with the clicky to enlargen.) [What? That’s a word, right?]

In the series, Herc has been accompanied by a young genius named Amadeus Cho, the seventh-smartest person on the planet. And someone who has even worse impulse control than the notoriously scatterbrained Hercules. In alternating issues, this collection follows Cho as he tries to find out what really happened when his parents were killed.

He’s looking for the man who planted the bomb, not so much for revenge, but to find out if his sister is really alive and, if so, where she is. When Cho finally does find the mastermind behind his personal tragedy, he’s confronted by an aged, bitter and more than slightly insane version of himself and forced into a no-win, life-or-death situation. His solution to the dilemma is uniquely his own.

Because this is a comic book, I wanted to say a little bit about the art. Reilly Brown on the epic Thorcules arc is absolutely fantastic. I mean, you get the expressions you’ve been hoping for when someone describes the action. While Rodney Buchemi doesn’t quite reach those heights on the Amadeus Cho sections, it still does a nice job of telling the story.

In all, I’ll give this book five (5) dudes out of five. It’s, sorry again, incredible. Go out and buy it now. Read it and laugh.

Otherwise. . . Well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be you.Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes.

Or your underwear.

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Sort Of Responsible

Most of the families on our street have pets of one sort or another. A lot of them have dogs. We, however, do not. Which means that those dogs are the most beloved animals on this street. At least by our little dudes. Which also means that whenever someone leaves town for a little while, we’re the ones who get to do the pet sitting.

Because out little dudes just love dogs. And each day they spend walking and feeding the neighborhood dogs, is another day they keep looking at me with puppy-dog eyes and begging for their own. I’ve been strong. So far. But I don’t know how long I can last.

Over this holiday season, we’re sitting with two extra rats, a wonderful black lab named Dean from down the street, and a brown, standard Poodle named Raphael, who belongs to my in-laws and is staying with us for a week. My youngest little dude is reaping all the doggy benefits this time around. Ralph the poodle is sleeping in his room and he (along with a generous dollop of adult supervision) get to walk and feed Dean the black lab.

So far, things have gone relatively smoothly. Except for the fact that I locked the keys to Dean’s house inside his house the first time we took him for a walk. That was a fun few hours, let me tell you. I was thrilled to discover that we actually had a spare key to Dean’s house. Of course I only found that out after I’d asked all the neighbors if they could help an idiot out with a key.

On the up side, maybe they’ll be less likely to ask me for dog sitting help.

I’m also finding that the little dudes are becoming more responsible the more we’re dog sitting. They have done a pretty nice job of taking care of the dogs without too much prompting from me on what to do and when to do it. I’m still not sure if we’re going to get a dog, especially with my oldest little dude off to college in just a couple of years, but I do think taking care of them has helped my guys. Something to think about the next time someone asks you for a little help watching a pet while they go out of town.

Well, that and just how much do you like picking up dog poo.

— Richard

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