Daily Archives: December 26, 2008

Hulk #9 (2008) – The Review

Hulk #9 - Frank Cho Cover

Hulk #9 - Art Adams Cover

I was going to make you wait for this – but since they brought it out before the holiday the least I could do is post it by the end of the week.

Let me start off by saying – this issue? – Not so bad.  At least not AS bad.  So, get comfortable, here we go…

The Hulk jumps into the fight with the Wendigos.  They attack and begin to bite the Hulk while Ms. Marvel and Sentry fix the Mile High Tower.  Back at the Wendigo fight, Moon Knight says “When you all revert back to being people — assuming you are going to revert back–” (that’s supposed to be a premonition of sorts).  Then one of the worst things happen – Hulk turns into a Wendigo himself – calling himself a WendiHulk (yeah – that’s bad but the idea is kind of cool) Sentry comes flying in to save the day and fight the WediHulk, too bad that it’s not interested in fighting, but eating the Sentry instead.  Ms. Marvel calls Brother VooDoo in to help.  Brother VooDoo basically stabs Moon Knight and does a little spell and BAM everyone is fixed.  The naked people stand around confused, barfing, naked, and remembering everything they did.  So, this story, as hacky and terrible as it is in explaining anything – like what happened that the Wedigo curse changed?  Why did Hulk change from grey to green?  But you know what?  It wasn’t as terrible as the first arc.  I’ll be generous here and give it a C-

Now, since the book is still broken into two seperate stories we still have a Red story to deal with.  We join the Lady Liberators as they take on Red.  At first Red is swatting them like flies but then She-Hulk gets an advantage and the ladies start to get the better of him.  The Invisible Woman creates a force feild around Red’s head so that he can’t breathe.  Storm throws a lightning bolt into the bubble and knocks Red out.  Instead of taking him bach or putting him into a cell they say let’s wait till he reverts back.  Well, bad idea because most of the ladies start to leave and Red gets up without transforming and grabs Thundra and takes off.  Red tells Thundra that he wants to recruit her – because she’s the only one with a killer instinct.  Thundra contacts She-Hulk to let her know she’s alright but doesn’t tell her about the deal she made with Red.  So, this… wasn’t THAT bad either I give it a C- as well.

The whole book really needs to be turned back into a one-story book.  Give the Red his own book!  The whole book still reads pretty shoddy – pick it up if you’re loyal, like me, but it’s time to put Loeb out to pasture.  How much more can he screw up these stories?  He’s telling about things but never telling us why or how or who.  It’s just frustrating is all.

Hulk #9 - Art Adams Cover

Hulk #9 - Frank Cho Cover

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Best and Worst of 2008 – Part 2

Let’s take a look at some of the figures we got this year…

Best:

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Let’s get this out of the way right here and now.  King Hulk figure – probably one of the best Hulk figures ever made.  Ever!  Sure WWH might have been a let down in a few ways – but this figure rocked!  Not only is the sculpt class A but let’s not look past the accesories.  King Hulk comes with this huge battle ax and a huge sword ready to beat down any of your Iron Man or Reed Richards figures!

Best Companion:

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Who doesn’t want to recreate your favorite comic covers with the awesome figures?  Marvel seems to be getting a bit smarter with this idea releasing a Silver Savage figure in the Target exclusive Red Hulk BAF line.  Silver Savage was one of the best unexpected moments of Planet Hulk and one that was so memorable that Sideshow decided to create a full diorama of it.  If you can’t afford the dio – no problem buy this and a Planet Hulk figure off ebay and you will be able to have you own diorama without spending the $300!  Sounds like a win-win to me! 

Worst:

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Poor Doc Samson, how he has fallen since issue 141.  Back then he was the guy who could take on the Hulk and get the girl in the end – now?  Who even knows – as is evident in Hulk #6 where long-haired Samson returned (unexplained), so who was that short haired GQ model who began the series?  Well, all we know is that we were given this crappy figure whose hair is in the way of the figure’s neck articulation.  Boo.

Best:

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The Savage Grey and it’s variant the Classic Hulk has one of the best sculpts on the entire ML line.  Missing closed fists aside one of the amazing thing about this figure is that it does capture the look of the original Hulk in either color!  While the green variant still doesn’t command such an awesome price tag (I sold one for $51.00 – but since then you can find them for about $20.00) you still can’t deny the awesome look of this figure!

Worst:

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I spent all that time waiting for the Hulk 12″ – and this is what we got!?!  A cheap, lazy eyed Hulk that screams and has light up eyes?  My original post told you guys to forget this figure – that’s still my advice now.  Don’t bother with a figure thats scream gets annoting in the first minute that you hear it.

Best:

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The best SHS 2-pack we got this year was a harder choice than you’d think.  Planet Hulk vs. Silver Savage was great – but ultimately with those two getting statues and full size figures these guys have been played out.  Another great one was the King Hulk/Black Bolt 2-pack – I mean, can you think of a more classic scene in WWH?  I didn’t think so.  So, what was the best 2-pack?  I have to go with Zzzax and Hulk.  Why?  Because we don’t get a lot of chances to see a Zzzax figure – especially a translucent one!

Worst:

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Worst SHS 2-pack wasn’t as hard to pick.  There were a couple of canidates such as the Samson/Hulk or the Movie Abomination/Hulk 2-pack.  How about the one with Skaar in it?  No… I went with the Wolverine/Grey Hulk 2-pack.  Why?  Well, let’s start with the horrible paint job that most of this series had – and let’s end with the fact that they chose to repaint the movie Hulk that’s holding a steel beam.  Did I miss something?  When did the Hulk use a big steel beam to fight the Wolverine?  All around lazy 2-pack.

Best Movie Figure:

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The third wave of these figures had some real potential – and then we saw the paint job on the Grey Hulk.  Ugh.  But it wasn’t all a waste – we got the best figure in the whole series – Bi-Beast.  Yes, it could be bigger.  Yeas, it has the video game armor – but it’s the freakin’ Bi-Beast!  Thank you to Hasbro for making it!  And it’s a really decent sculpt and everything!

Worst Movie Figure:

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I could easily say Abomination – but the figure looked a lot like the movie character – so you can’t blame them for that.  The Grey Hulk figure was a mess, sure, but it was the Grey Hulk!  No, the worst figure goes to a Hulk figure and that is the Mega-Clap Hulk.  Why?  Because once out of the package it was such a dissapointment.  I like action in my figures – but this figure, if not mega clapping, has his hands stuck out to the side like he’s trying to fly away or something!

Let me know what you think – Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!