Don’t miss this final issue! After taking a stand against Taylor and his thugs, Andre Payne has drawn the attention of Venus, an evil goddess who wants him dead. Gods and gangsters clash in the explosive finale of the origin story of Hercules Payne.

I’m going to have to keep this short since I don’t want to spoil too much. Picking up immediately after the events of the previous issue it opens with car chase as Andre is going after the goon who had kidnapped Katrina. They lead him right back to Taylor’s place as we get the big showdown between the two. But as Andre fights Taylor, Zeus appears and fights Venus. The issue cuts and back and forth between the two fights until we reach the end.

I’ll just say that I’m mostly satisfied with the conclusion here. Yes, Andre survives, and the series concludes with a sort of open-ending as he seems prepared to embrace the role of superhero, using his newfound abilities. Although it remains unclear whether or not he’s cleared his name with the LAPD, who wanted him for the murder of his own brother. I’m hopeful that at some point we’ll get some futures stories of this character, preferably with writers Chuck Brown and Pat Shand once again at the helm, as I feel that their take on this character has grown with each subsequent issue in this miniseries, backed by the competent artwork of AC Osorio, and I would love to see how much farther they can take him.

Chacebook rating: 4 STARS

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