Yes, this comes out Wednesday, Yes, I got an advance copy. Yes, I’m bragging but trying to act all humble about it.
But seriously, this is my review so if you don’t want to know anything stop reading here. (Spoilers) This comic starts off with Thunderbolt Ross, Iron Man and She-Hulk all looking on as a short-haired Samson reviews the crime site. Samson explains as we see the Abomination landing in a clearing near a village and fighting a brutal battle against a Green Hulk! Sampson recounts the gruesome battle saying that they were out for blood. That the Hulk punched the Abomination so hard it cracked his skull. And the Hulk didn’t stop there. Then, the Hulk pulls out a gun and shoots the Abomination multiple times. The crew stands over the dead body of the Abomination.
Ross asks if it’s even possible for the Hulk to use a gun. S.H.I.E.L.D. says they have guns big enough. Iron Man orders a count of all the weapons in S.H.E.I.L.D. to see if any are missing. Then, the Winter Guard says that they will take over the case which does not sit well with anyone and a big territory fight breaks out. (Mainly because Samson started it by punching the Red Guardian in the face) but also cluing us into the fact that they are in Russia. Ross stops the fighting saying that he found a survivor. A little girl stumbles out of the wreckage saying the word “Red” in Russian.
We then cut to Rick Jones who wakes up in the middle of a snowy nowhere in the old Bruce Banner uniform (no shirt, no shoes, ripped PURPLE pants) asking himself what he got himself into this time.
Cut back to Gen Ross and Samson entering a heavily guarded Army base, descending toward a cell where… wait for it… BRUCE BANNER is locked up saying he was waiting for them to come visit.
So, did I like the first issue? Well, actually I kind of did. I have to say I’m a bit intrigued. I’m not sure where Loeb’s going with it – but I’m pretty sure it’s no where good – but I’ll go along for the ride right now. They make it seem as though Rick Jones is the new Hulk but that would be too obvious and – didn’t they already do that? Yes, yes they did. It’s pretty gutsy to kill off the Abomination in the first few panels – but I bet they will bring him back somehow, actually, just in time for say… June 13th? And even though we didn’t get a glimpse of the Red Hulk yet (except for on the cover) it was great to see the Green Hulk, even though it was in a flashback of Samson’s and not even really him. McGuinness’ art was… okay. I can’t say I’m in love with the art, but then again, we haven’t seen him really cut loose with a great fight scene yet. I’m looking forward to that. So out of a possible 10? A 10 being the greatest Hulk book ever – I’ll give this a solid 6. A 6 with potential.