As casually as some superhero comics approach death, it's good to see a freshly-revived Hercules will return to the Marvel Universe with a clear purpose: Rallying Earth's heroes in a war against a mad alien warlord and his army of alien gods. Written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with interior art by Khoi Pham and a cover by Ed McGuinness, "Chaos War" #1 promises action on a scale fit for the newly-appointed god of heroes and his closest allies.Marvel's official synopsis makes it pretty clear that the upcoming battle will be one for the ages:

Bigger than THE INFINITY GAUNTLET! More cosmic than ANNIHILATION! Since the end of SECRET INVASION, the CHAOS KING has amassed his army of alien slave gods -- and the time to strike Earth is NOW! Only the greatest Marvel heroes can oppose him -- all led by the newly-returned god of heroes ... HERCULES! But are even his incredible new powers enough to stand against the greatest threat the Marvel Universe has ever seen: A mad god who seeks to destroy Reality itself? PLUS: While thought dead, Hercules was trapped in a dangerous world that threatened his very sanity. Find out the secret of his exile in a special extra story penciled by "Prince of Power" artist Reilly Brown!

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