Chaos War

Chaos War was the fantastic culmination of eight awesome volumes of The Incredible Hercules, which are just about the most fun you can have reading comics. You really don’t need to read anything other than the main series, but the Ares, Dead Avengers and Incredible Hulks tie-ins are particularly good.

It fits into the larger timeline here.

The Lead-Up:
Heroic Age: Prince of Power #4 Incredible Hercules: The New Prince of Power
Chaos War: Chaos King Chaos War: X-Men
The Chaos War:
Chaos War #1 Chaos War
Chaos War #2 Chaos War
Chaos War: Ares Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1 Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War: X-Men #1 Chaos War: X-Men
Chaos War #3 Chaos War
Chaos War: God Squad Chaos War: X-Men
Incredible Hulks #618 Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #2 Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War: Alpha Flight Chaos War: X-Men
Chaos War: X-Men #2 Chaos War: X-Men
Chaos War #4 Chaos War
Incredible Hulks #619 Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
Incredible Hulks #620 Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
Chaos War: Thor #1 Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War: Thor #2 Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #3 Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War #5 Chaos War
Epilogues:
Incredible Hulks #621 Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
Incredible Hulks #622 Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
Herc #1 [1] Herc: The Complete Series
Fear Itself: Herc
Alpha Flight #0.1 [2] Alpha Flight: The Complete Series

Footnotes:

  1. Herc is Hercules’ new series spinning out of Chaos War.
  2. Alpha Flight picks up from the resurrection of the team in the pages of Chaos War.

Hades (Marvel)

In the Marvel Universe, there are any number of afterlives, but they are all, ultimately, the same afterlife. What you find there depends to some extent on what you expect to find there, and to some extent on who there holds power.

When Hercules visits this afterlife, he sees it as Hades, albeit an unusually modern Hades full of dead people he knows, all gambling in a casino where the ultimate prize is resurrection. Unusually, it also includes dead gods as well as dead mortals.

So long as you don’t piss off Hades, this isn’t a bad afterlife to wind up in – it’s relatively earth-like and un-sadistic, and there’s a very good chance of escaping it (if the rate of resurrections in Marvel Comics is anything to go by).