Hulk #30 (2011) – The Review

Hulk #30 - Compound Hulk!

Is it in McG’s contract that he only work on frivolous Hulk stories?  I mean, this isn’t as bad as Loeb’s stuff – but it sure was silly.  Well, I don’t know what else to expect when we see “Compound Hulk” on the cover!  But hey, at least there is some continuity in play here.  The story starts (and ends) with Impossible Man – you know when that character appears that what will come next can be explained in one word… ridiculous.

Woodgod - has seen better days

Hold on – let me start with the fact that the Red Hulk beats up Woodgod who tells his “Father”, none other than Xemnu, the original Hulk.  Xemnu is back to beat the Hulk – but is confronted with the Red Hulk instead.  Too bad Red’s not immune to Xemnu’s mind control – and with that Red begins to beat himself up.  Hulk shows up to save the day – except Xemnu has a whole slew of aliens ready to beat the Hulk up.

Xemnu is back... again...

Impossible Man is there to watch – but when Xemnu’s monsters begin beating the Hulks he decides to step in – mainly because he doesn’t want to see the Earth destroyed.  He pulls out a ray gun and shoots the Hulks and WHAMO!  Compound Hulk is born.  And yes, it’s as stupid as it sounds.  But not totally terrible either…

...but this time he is not alone...

The Hulks – even though they share the same body now – can’t seem to agree and continue to have trouble getting anything done.  Matters get worse when Xemnu releases his real secret weapon – a creation that is everything that he feels is good with the Hulk – and nothing left in that he loathes!  So, in other words, a grey, super smart, strong Hulk… only it’s called Kluh!  Get it?

Kluh... hopefully this is the last ime we see this character...

The Hulks finally start working together to defeat Kluh – and next, using Fin Fang Foom’s fiery breath (that’s him, right?  It’s sure looks like him if it’s not) to burn the hair off of Xemnu.  Impossible man says that was a lot of fun – and even suggests that they take the act on the road – but in the end the Hulks are separate and go their separate ways.

Xemnu is mostly robotic... like Darth Vader

Maybe it’s still coming off of the Loeb run – but this story was a just bit too out there.  There’s funny – and then there’s this… which was chuckle worthy a few times – but overall… I feel like I wasted $4.  Grade: C-

The Hulks refuse to stay together

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9 responses to “Hulk #30 (2011) – The Review

  1. This is issue looks both, ridiculous and entertaining, but mostly ridiculous. But because this is just a stand a lone issue, I may get it. But only for the art. Nice review by the way.

  2. It does sound dumb. Compound Hulk ? Is this Marvel or DC ?! I will buy
    it anyway. I am a sucker for the old Marvel monsters ( and all things Hulk of course ). One looks like Zzutak. Do they mention them by name ? It sounds
    a bit like Hulk Annual 5 only a lot more silly.

  3. Ratchet, are you going to review the back up story with Rick Jones in this issue? Actually I thought that story was more interesting than the main one. Did anyone else think that Parker was going to continue the Watcher back up story about the Omegtron coming for the Red Hulk from last issue into this month’s story? Maybe he will pick up on that next issue.

  4. Yeah I knew that this one was just a stand alone, but I think starting at .1 we will really start to see the new rogues. I think that woman is the doctor red saved in 25. Here’s the poster for those who haven’t seen it.

    http://gammagrey.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/coming-back/

  5. I wish Ed would stay on the book. Hardman’s ok but no Ed Mcguinness. It would be so awesome if he stayed to draw the Red Hulk/Thunderbolts crossover coming up. Thank about it, seeing Mcguinness drawing the Red Hulk/Juggernaut fight?! I mean wow!

  6. A pathetic copy of Dragonball Z. I really hate the Hulk titles now more than ever. Red Hulk should be Green Hulk modified. Ross as a Hulk REALLY HAS RUINED THE HULK CHARACTER!!! I HATE YOU MARVEL. YOUR IDEAS SUCK.

  7. Hey it could be worse, Bruce Jones could come back.

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