So, apparently I offended some people in my last review – I will try to conduct myself a little more respectfully this time. I – boy do I hate admitting this – I somewhat enjoyed this issue but their are WAY too many problems with this issue to call it any good. But let’s begin…
The red Hulk has killed the Hulk – amazingly, he truly is dead – and what has become Loeb’s calling card, the Hulk reverts back to his savage self. He again uses a Hulk personality for a matter of panels for no real reason and then just changes back. The Red Hulk says he wanted the Hulk to suffer “Suffer like I have for all the hell he put us all through” But the Elders offer the Red Hulk the chance to join his “team” to defeat the other players. So, as Psycho Man is torturing the Surfer and Terrax the Red Hulk shows up and just tears Psycho Man up. Destroys him very easily. Then he beheads Terrax saying he’s not impressed with him. Surfer is ready to fight but the Red Hulk takes him by the throat and tells him that his “power” is based on absorbing other people’s energy.
Red Hulk tells Surfer that he’s looked through Reed Richards extensive files and he found out about the time that Doom stole the Surfer’s power. He kills him off. The two teammates are dead – and here’s my real problem, real quick here, they’ve made the Red Hulk so powerful that no one should be able to beat him. He beat the surfer with such ease – I’m not sure if that is supposed to show how powerful he’s supposed to be or if it cheapens the Surfer. Cause before – and later – the Hulk knocked him out and knocks him around. So he kills the two and this is what we see:
Come On… really? Whatever, I guess I’m wrong for thinking this is just ridiculous. My eyes hurt from rolling so many times from reading this issue. Every encounter pretty much goes the same – the Red Hulk fries Tiger Shark and decapitates Namor. I think he kills Dormammuu – but who knows – he just flies through his head. He also shows up to fry Strange and Mordo and faces Galactus. I was ready for the worst here – but for once it looks like Loeb decides there is ONE character that’s more powerful. But Galactus takes back the cosmic power and gives the Red Hulk a smack down. He says that the Elders should have known he was not one to be trifled with and that because of the Red Hulk insolence that he is going to eat the Earth next. The Red Hulk reappears with the elders
Now, this is where I have an issue – Galactus was in the time when the Surfer was first created – so how is there an Earth for the Red Hulk to return to? Galactus should have eaten it! This is why Loeb can’t write a story like this – because in the end – IT MAKES NO SENSE! It’s not even fun to read because there’s just too many plot holes and inconsistencies. But let’s finish this here. The Red Hulk brags that he won but the Elders chastise him for messing with Galactus. They tell him he has messed things up so his Offenders have been returned to their times, alive and well, as well as the Defenders who have now been resurrected. Red Hulk gets pissed at the Grandmaster and beats him to death – but the Hulk comes along and smacks the Red Hulk into the side of a mountain. – See what I mean? The Red Hulk just killed an Elder – but the Hulk just slapped him away? Does this not seem really stupid to these “fans”
Hulk asks for Jarella. The Elder gives her to the Hulk – a dead Jarella. The Red Hulk comes out of nowhere saying that he’s leaving the Hulk broken hearted – just as Banner left him.
Now, I highlighted certain things the Red Hulk says because they’re obvious clues to who the Red Hulk is – and I think those people who have been saying it’s Glen Talbot are spot on. There’s no one else it can be! Anyways, the issue itself was a waste of time – it basically did nothing but raise a whole bunch more questions that Loeb didn’t answer and tell a story that had no point. Shocker. Grade – C- (And I think I’m being generous here)