Catching Up with Tuesday!

Another homage to a Hulk cover... freakin' Spawn...

Another homage to a Hulk cover… freakin’ Spawn…

Yes – it has been a very busy few weeks – for both work and comic readers – but I am happy to say I have caught up and am ready to give off a few of my opinions. Strap yourself in and get ready for them!  So, what’s been happening?  Well, Nova got “Loebed” (I am totally copy writing that term!) while Hulk is making the blue chicks feel all sexy.

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I always like to begin with the latest Hulk because, unlike the last two series, this one is not only readable but it seems to heading somewhere.  I am all for when they bring back some B-Lister enemy and Waid is really pulling out all the stops with the Quintronic Man and now the old FF villain Attuma.  I am going to confess that I was REAL bummed that they didn’t bring back Aquon – this story line was ripe for it! Although, the finale of these issues wasn’t too bad either.  The Indestructible Hulk #5 (W: Waid, I: Yu, 2013, $3.99) has the Hulk’s  presence affected the Rebel Army’s female soldier Mara to the point she was ready to knock boots with Jade Jaws and not ask any questions later.  Attuma’s whole plan was to use magic to control the huge underwater beasts to victory – but the Hulk has never met a huge beast that he didn’t give his best beat-down.  Ultimately, both Hulk and Banner win this one as Bruce leaves with the recipe for a liquid weapon.  Grade: B

Chris Steven's Variant

Chris Steven’s Variant

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And then I read Nova #2 (W: Loeb, I: McGuinness, 2013, $3.99) which sucks all the excitement out of the first issue because we are given what seems like a filler issue. The cliched second issue is filled with a young man just given new powers and he does a lot of yelling and exclaiming as he makes mistakes and explores what his new found powers are.  In the end he sees the Watcher… watching.  Not much to it at all.  Grade: D

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I’ve always liked the idea of the Savage Land – a place that is so  dangerous and primitive that the pampered people (including heroes) dare not take a step onto it!  Of course, rules like that isn’t something Wolverine usually follows.  Many things have happened to Shanna in Wolverine in just 2 short issues (Loeb should call him to ask how to write a compelling, action filled story) and Savage Wolverine #3 (W/I: Cho, 2013, $3.99) is yet another great issue!  The beautiful artwork makes reading the constant battles and bloody action all that much more enjoyable!  Amadeus Cho is on hand in this issue once again to try to help a rare Shanna mis-step.  Only Wolverine does not know it yet and he is ready to guy the whole island!  Grade: A

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Maybe it’s a second issue thing – but Marvel loves to stretch out a story line if they can!  Especially when it’s an “event”.  So Age of Ultron #2 (W: Bendis, P: Hitch, I: Neary, 2012, $3.99) follows in the same vain.  A slower paced issue that gives as a glimpse at a few more living heroes, a look at the severity and brutality of Ultron’s army and a look back at how Spider-Man came to be where he is.  Oh, yeah – and Cap finally stands up.  Hopefully the next issue will pick up the pace!  Grade: C

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I do like how things are progressing in Avengers #8 (W: Hickman, I: Weaver, 2013, $3.99) with the “White Event” creating a new weapon called Starbrand.  A once forgettable, geeky kid who is now responsible for more than 3,000 deaths with his inception.  Right out of the gate he knocks the Hulk into orbit – although the Hulk gets his revenge.  With Captain Universe and Nightmask’s help the boy discovers where he came from.  It comes full circle from where the series started – pretty damn great issue – makes me interested for future issues! Grade: A- 

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6 responses to “Catching Up with Tuesday!

  1. I wasn’t happy with Waid’s version of the Hulk in this ish. For one, if the rebel army didn’t save Hulk then Hulk would be what, dead? How many times in past ish has Hulk been that deep and Hulk held his own just fine….Hulk should have never past out. Two, Hulk is not talking (wow we are back to that TV series thing again)? Waid may be a good writer but he doesn’t “KNOW” Hulk well enough to give him a voice. I give the ish a C and Avengers an A. I have a question for all you folks out there in regards to the Avenger#8: is it possible for Hulk to clap his hands together and shockwave shoot him back to earth instead of Ms Marvel saving him? For those who don’t know Hulk’s shockwave clap has near-nuclear proportions and destroyed tanks completely as seen in TTA#67.

    • It’s been a while since I took physics, but isn’t one of Newton’s laws that for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction? I don’t know whether or not a Hulk-clap has recoil like shooting a gun, but you would think it should work in theory.

    • Hulk465, you would be right if it were not one important fact. Space is a vacuum and therefore there is no sound at all in space. No oxygen,no talking, and definitely not sound clap. Just two powerful but sore hands.

  2. I think I need to do a post on why I am digging the new Hulk series – I mean, I know it’s not great – but at least it’s better than the past half a decade…

    • Best in the past half decade? Seriously? What about Greg Pak’s great tenure? Did you forget about it? Hmm? I mean, yeah, Mark Waid’s series is better than that of Jason Aaron’s horrific tragedy, but I can’t place it on the same level of writers like Greg Pak, Peter David and Bill Mantlo… at least not yet. It’s got much to do before it can reach my standard of a great run.

      • Half decade including Pak’s second run – which was good compared to what we were getting in the other book – but I still a was hoping for a whole lot better. Not including Planet Hulk which ended in 2007 – 6 years ago.

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