I don’t usually post on Friday – but I feel like I am constantly a week behind with Hulk issues – so in an attempt to catch up – here is a special Friday review of the latest Hulk to hit the shelves! Enjoy!
Now, raise your hand if you thought the Hulk was going to give Zeus a great fight. Is your hand raised? Because mine is. Now, raise you hand if you were just kidding yourself. My hand is up again – because, let’s be honest here – we’re dealing with freaking Zeus here… I mean the first thing he did when Hulk reached him was throw a thunderbolt at him. Pak writes this issue beautifully – and even though, as a Hulk fan, it pains me to admit it, there are characters out there that can beat the Hulk! And, yes, the King of the Gods is one of them.
While the other members of the Hulk family are trying to reach the Hulk to lend a hand – although they are dealing with mythic beasts themselves – Hulk lands the first blow on Zeus and sends him flying. This may give you a bit of early confidence in the Hulk – but that’s very quickly lost when Zeus strikes back. The Hulk is sent flying across Olympus and finds hid family battling their own monsters. He tells them to get out of there – before they ruin everything!
Hulk leaps back to a ready Zeus who immediately dispatches the Hulk and makes him puke up about half the green blood in his body. Hera looks the Hulk over and deems him beaten – but the Hulk says it doesn’t matter – he just wants them to give his family what they are owed. Hera looks into the Hulk and sees who he is talking about – but Zeus laughs off the Hulk’s sacrifice saying “Wrong religion” with a final blow, knocking the Hulk out.
When the Hulk wakes up Hephaestus has chained the Hulk up and the vultures begin to pick the meat off of his body. For three days the Hulk continues to heal – only for the vultures to eat more… until Herc comes to save the day… with the rest of the Hulk clan. They bring the Hulk off the mountain – as Hera and Zeus watch from the top. Hera asks what happens now and Zeus says nothing. The Hulk now knows Zeus’ power and he doubts the Hulk will forget it for a long time.
Meanwhile, in the Savage Land, a group of villagers from the Red King’s empire are talking to one of the bugs from Planet Hulk. They are not interested in the bug’s claim that the Green Scar still walks the Earth unpunished – until of course when Miek walks into the tent all pissed off.
Even the biggest Hulk fan can’t be upset about this beat down – I mean, the Hulk was pitted against Zeus! The fight went as it should have – and all the Prometheus stuff was great. Pak delivers another great issue. Thank goodness he is back. Grade: A