Hulk #10 (2009) – The Review

Hulk #10

Hulk #10

I’ll begin with the review – just saying what happened – then I’ll tell you what I think afterward…

We start with Hulk with his beloved Jarella.  They are happy and getting married – until a hand comes out of the heavens saying “Jarella, you are needed elsewhere” and snatches Jarella.  The Hulk tries to fight but is just taken out of K’ai.  We then join the Hulk standing in the desert with The Grandmaster.  He asks Hulk if he would like to see Jarella.  He says Jarella is dead.  The Grandmaster replies “No kidding, Captain Obvious” – just kidding – he actually tells the Hulk if he picks a team and participates in a game – to the death – and wins, then he can have his precious Jarella back.  Hulk says he knows who to ask.

We join The Silver Surfer as he tells Shalla-Bal that he has spared the planet – but now must go work for Galactus and leave her.  The Hulk shows up and asks the Surfer for help.  The Surfer has no idea who the Hulk is – because they haven’t met yet – and Galactus calls for his herald.  Galactus realizes there is an Elder at work behind Hulk’s appearance.  He grants the Surfer 24 hours to leave and deal with this.  Next, we find Namor on his wedding day (do you see where this is going?) with his wife Lady Dorma who has already died and the Surfer asks Namor for his help.  Lastly, we join Strange – in another universe – as his love Clea is taken away as well.

When Hulk’s team is finally joined together they are faced with the Grandmaster who lets them know that each of the heroes are from a different time and then introduces his brother – The Collector – who asks if his brother is ready.  He claims he has his own team with the other Hulk.  Hulk screams “What other Hulk!?!” And we see the Red Hulk with his team “The Offenders” consisting of Tiger Shark, Baron Mordo, and Terrax.

The Grandmaster tells his brother there is just one more thing – and he gives the Hulk the brain of Bruce Banner who claims “Now we can fight smart and hard – to the death!”

So, here’s my thoughts… first off – the idea is pretty cool – the execution is terrible.  If Jarella is stolen out of continuity then she’s not there to get killed later – so how is she dead?  Also, Banner Hulk is widely known as one of the weakest Hulks – not the best fighter.  Banner is smart – brilliant in fact, but he doesn’t have a strategic mind – he’s not a brilliant fighter!  So why does he have Banner’s brain?  Oh that’s right – because it’s one of the Hulk’s personalities that Loeb hasn’t ruined yet.  I swear – these could be great stories – but the actual comic is so badly written and plotted terribly that you struggle just to get through each page – and that’s pretty bad when it only takes about 2 minutes to read the whole thing!  McGuinness still makes pretty pictures – but even that is wearing thin… C-

Hulk #10 (Variant) - What?!? A variant cover?  I know... crazy...

Hulk #10 (Variant) - What?!? A variant cover? I know... crazy...

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17 responses to “Hulk #10 (2009) – The Review

  1. Ed McGuinness artwork is beautiful. Thers no other way to describe it. It’s just the perfect blend of awesomeness. Unfortunately he’s paired with Loeb. I don’t know how Loeb can write stuff like this. His Batman mini-series have been some of the best writing I have ever read, yet he writes this.

  2. Exactly – it’s too bad when the story sucks so bad it over shadows the art…

  3. This comic almost reads like a kiddy book, lol. I just love your reviews, they can be very truthful and humorous at the same time. Hey, is that a vintage Defenders comics underneath Hulk#10. Could it be the issue with the hooded guy with metal hands? I did’nt know you collected Defenders comics.

  4. in the 30 seconds it took to read, i agree with you 100%

  5. I dunno, I didn’t like the sound of this story arc from the moment I read the synopsis a few months ago. I mean c’mon, “The Offenders”?? It sounds like a half-arsed name some guy came up in minutes thinking “Right, that’ll do!”.

    So the fact that you sound disappointed by this issue to say the least is not really surprizing.

  6. Hey 465 – that is a Defenders comic – now that I have the whole Hulk library I’m starting to focus on the Defenders – since it’s classic Hulk!

  7. i finally figured out………..THIS IS TONGUE IN CHEEK! that makes sense, heroes’ dual episode and captain america white were both well written…..what hes trying to do is a very silly action book(and its worked out so far in the sales)
    thats why there are so many fights(that and the mcguinness art) hulk must be(i hope) tounge in cheek

  8. Honestly I thought this was a pretty good issue. I always love seeing the original defenders get back together. The hole sending Hulk back in time to find them when they lost there great loves was intresting. And the big battle that should happen with the evil versions of the heroes should be a cool one. While he is no Peter David or Greg Pak I guess I am in the minority of enjoying Jeph Loeb’s run on Hulk so far.

  9. Jeph Loeb is… the Offender! Well, another great review, but as I have a soft spot for Jarella, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt for this ish – and the Galactus double spread is pretty fine. Then again, ‘blue man’s speech towards the end (starting ‘I made my deal with the hulk…’) has to be one of the most wooden pieces of writing I’ve read in a Hulk comic! Doh! Presumably next time we’ll be back to lots of fighting, and it will only take 1 minute instead of 2 to read the whole thing… I suppose we should be grateful for the text and plot-heavy interlude!

  10. methinks the hand that took jarella is the grandmaster…which is why in the previews for hulk 12 it says the hulk left- he aint gonna fight for a cheap-out like that! and in the end, hulk will fight rulk and save the day
    @bob: tongue in cheek? xplain ultimates 3

  11. O.K-

    I have been outta the loop here! Why does Doctor Strange look like that!

    Why is McGuiness still drawing for Loeb
    Why is Loeb still writing for this!
    Why why why why why?

  12. http://comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=755

    _ this is the review that makes you understand and appreciate what loebs doing more (ratchet: dont worry! your reviews are still the best!)

  13. Another junky story – inconsistent with normal continuity. Too bad I used to look forward to picking up the Hulk – now… I dread it.

    I’ll just keep coming here to find out who the Rulk is because I’m not picking this title up anymore. I’m done.

  14. Hey clor – thanks for the link – by the way, I am SURE the hand that grabbed Jarella was the Grandmaster’s, but the review was a little too ridiculously congratulatory to Loeb to take seriously. I mean, it calls his Hulk stories “genius”. Anyone using those words are immediately suspect.

    “Hulk” will never be accused — at least not in this incarnation — of being a thinking man’s comic, but it doesn’t aim to be. It aims for pure comic book energy, for the giggling madness of four-color fantasy, for the epic splendor of titans tussling

    The above quote might be a good way to describe it – but basically it boils down to saying that the people who enjoy this comic are morons – people who don’t like to think about the crap their reading – and I’m sorry if I expect more than that from a comic I love so dearly…

  15. Mark Paniccia announced that Rulk’s identity would be revealed in 2010 with the Hulk’s 600th overall issue.

  16. Let’s see how many people are still praising it after this – and how many people will eat their words – I will gladly eat mine if Loeb can pull off a brilliant reveal… I’m holding my breath…

  17. It also said that this would be towards the end of Loeb’s run.

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