What does <i>Fall of an Avenger</i> mean to the future of <i>Incredible Hercules</i>?

As writer Fred Van Lente promised last week, Marvel's March solicitations hold some clue to the future of The Incredible Hercules. Some, but not much.

Rich Johnston had reported that the low-selling but critically acclaimed series would end with Issue 150, almost a year from now. However, the solicitation for the two-part Hercules: Fall of an Avenger would seem to indicate the title comes to a close with February's Issue 142, the conclusion of the four-part "Assault on Mount Olympus" storyline. The assault didn't go well for the son of Zeus, I guess.

The miniseries, which includes an Agents of Atlas back-up story, is billed as a "two-part mini-epic that marks the end of an era and the beginning of something utterly unexpected for Hercules, the Lion of Olympus." That obviously hints at a continuation for the title, but whether that's as a relaunched series, a back-up feature or something else entirely remains to be seen.

Van Lente, who writes The Incredible Hercules with Greg Pak, offered little by way of elaboration. "The future of Incredible Hercules begins here, folks," he wrote on Twitter. When asked by a fan whether Fall of an Avenger simply means a break for the series, Van Lente replied: "Mmmmmmmmaybe ... Keep watching the solicits! More surprises to come."

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.

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