Featuring Conway, Garcia-Lopez, Wood, Simonson, Michelinie — and MORE!
Right off, I’ll tell you this one surprises me: DC in 2021 is planning a hardcover collection of the obscure ’70s title Hercules Unbound, according to an Amazon listing.
Check out the official description:
From the creative mind of Gerry Conway, within the DC Multiverse, exists the fearless adventures of Hercules Unbound!
In a post-apocalyptic future, Hercules breaks free from the trap set for him by Ares the God of War. After teaming up with a blind boy and his dog, Hercules heads off to find and face off with Ares. Along the way, however, Hercules encounters foes and engages in battles with mutants, Anti-Gods and Olympian gods–all within a world where the Atomic Knights and Kamandi also exist. What will be the fate of the Earth as these war games unfold?
Collects Hercules Unbound #1-12.
A few thoughts:
— No knock on the series whatsoever, but I gotta tell you that seeing this is an utter shock. In a million years, I wouldn’t have expected DC to reprint this. Nevertheless, the creative pedigree is spectacular. Along with Conway, the listing notes Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez as the illustrator. But nowhere does it mention that Walt Simonson, David Michelinie, Cary Bates and Bob Layton were on the title as well. And most of it was inked by Wally Wood!
— So why this book? Other than the talent involved, I can only conjecture that perhaps the series has links to DC’s future. The publisher felt compelled to mention the Multiverse in the pitch, so perhaps that’s a clue…
— Or maybe not. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. (If you have any insight, post it in the comments. I’d love to hear.) In any event, the book is scheduled for June 29, 2021. The 224-page hardcover lists for the oddball price of $39.70. (Perhaps that’s a typo.)
— Standard caveat: This has not been solicited by DC yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.
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