Rumors of <i>Incredible Hercules</i>' demise 'are premature'

Although word circulated this morning that Marvel's The Incredible Hercules will end with Issue 150,  one of the title's writers claims "the rumors of our demise are premature."

Despite receiving praise from fans and critics alike, The Incredible Hercules has never been a top seller. So it wasn't a complete surprise to see Rich Johnston's assertion that the series would come to an end ... almost a year from now. (Okay, the distant date was a bit of a surprise.) However, co-writer Fred Van Lente quickly took to Twitter to cast doubt on the report.

"Incredible Herc fans: The rumors of our demise are premature -- See Mar 2010 solicits (& spread the word)," Van Lente wrote. "Changes are coming to iHerc, but rest assured they are all part of The Big Plan (R)."

The four-part "Assault on Mount Olympus" storyline ends with February's Issue 142, billed as "EVERYBODY DIES!" So what might the March solicitations contain? News of a relaunch, maybe? A move to back-up feature in another book?

The Incredible Hercules debuted in January 2008 in the aftermath of World War Hulk, with the boisterous demigod and teen sidekick Amadeus Cho simply taking over the Hulk's title. Under writers Van Lente and Greg Pak, the series has been lauded for its humor, action sequences and continuing plot threads.

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