Herc’s funeral is interrupted by the Olympian pantheon!
Athena chooses Amadeus Cho to guide the pantheon’s mortal holdings in the Olympus Group, but Apollo objects and intends to stop her.
The gods decide to battle through mortal (or half-mortal) proxies.
Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, chooses an unwilling Amadeus Cho!
Apollo, God of the Sun, chooses Phobos, God of Fear!
Poseidon, God of the Sea, chooses Namor!
Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, chooses Skaar!
Nyx, Goddess of the Night, chooses Nightmare!
Hebe, Goddess of Youth, chooses Bruce Banner (much to Namor’s chagrin)!
While Namor battles Skaar, Cho and Banner take on Nightmare. Banner reveals a pocket teleporter within his backpack, and Cho uses it to send Nightmare to Banner’s lab.
Phobos briefly uses his powers to incapacitate the other combatants, but Cho (whose worse fear already came true in the form of Herc’s death) shakes it off pretty quickly.
Tired of being manipulated, the mortal proxies join forces to turn the tables on the gods. Namor and Skaar take down Apollo while Phobos uses his powers to force Pluto to grant Cho access to Hades.
While in Hades, Cho is confronted by Persephone, Goddess of the Dead, who implies that Hercules isn’t there (and therefore isn’t dead).
The next Monday, Athena arrives at the Olympus Group Building in Manhattan to find Cho operating as CEO and Hebe working as his executive assistant.
Cho reaffirms that he’s Herc’s (rather than Athena’s) champion and vows to use all of the Olympus Group’s resources to find him!
Foreshadowing: One “Mr. Halfling” calls the Olympus Group to discuss “something about acquisitions.”
A touching tale of Herc's secret Hospital for the Children of Greek Mythological Monsters