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Hulk: Broken Worlds – Book 1 (2009)

Hulk Broken Worlds: Book One

Hulk Broken Worlds: Book One

The fact that this says book 1 and that there’s a book 2 coming out in May is freakin’ awesome!  Each story takes place in a different time in Hulk history – and if you want to know the background… well get some back issues and start reading!  I can’t do everything for you!  Jeez!  Anyways, I’ll let you know right now the stories are hit and miss – so I’ll go through each one:

(House of M Hulk) Punyville: Scorpion and Hulk stand on a hill watching humans get off boats to Sydney.  They laugh at the idea that the humans are more scared of Magneto than of the Hulk.  And then Betty comes running up the hill.  Hulk tries to introduce Betty Ross to The Scorpion – only – it’s not Betty Ross, it’s Betty Talbot, and she’s brought her husband with her in tow.  He tells the Hulk he has something of interest – but Hulk could care less – he just grabs Betty and jumps away.  The refugees sit in a tent and get drunk as Glen Talbot shows the others what he has in his case.  A Super-Power Suppressing Inhibitor Collar.  A collar, in short, that takes heroes powers away.  The hatch a plan to use it on the Hulk.  As they spy on Hulk and Betty they wait until they see Bruce Banner appear and then BAM!  They run in and snap a collar on Bruce.  Then the other refugees reveal they are actually spies for Magneto.  Arclight then kills Betty Talbot for being a defect from Magneto’s Red Guard.  Too bad that Banner’s transformation into the Hulk isn’t a super-power as the Hulk rages out and takes care of the spies.  Scorpion comes rushing in – but it’s already finished.  The Hulk has taken care of the spies and Betty is dead.  Short, but sad and powerful story. C+

Heart of the Atom: Okay, I might be partial because this story was drawn by the master himself – Mr. Herb Trimpe – we begin with Hulk and Jarella fighting the army of Z’gma – defending K’ai.  As they fight a huge red dragon comes out of the ground and the Hulk takes it on.  The dragon tries to swallow the Hulk but the Hulk easily defeats the dragon.  Hulk and Jarella rejoice over their victory and the Hulk reaches over for a kiss.  As he does he sees the grave of Jarella and realizes she is dead at the hands of Crypto-Man.  He realizes, even worse, that he is not actually even in K’ai – that it was a simple memory – a dream.  As a tear streams off the Hulk’s face we can see Jarella inside.  She stands by a grave of the Hulk telling him that she misses him and knows that he is alive in another time – another universe – and it was her that died instead.  Another sad, dreary out look in the Hulk universe.  Really good story.  B-

Development Hell:  This story deals with the Hulk 2099 character – who I hate – so, I skipped this story.  Probably won’t bother with reading it – if anyone does and wants to give their review below – please do – but the character himself gets a big fat F

Post Mortem:  The Future Imperfect storyline – one of the best alternate reality stories ever.  One that really kept you guessing and never being able to figure out what was coming next – this takes place right after the Maestro disappeared in time.  The people are trying to figure out if the Maestro is in fact really gone – and who will be in charge now.  We see Char and her Father discussing what it is to be free.  Char feels as though she can’t be free knowing everything that she knows – after all she’s seen.  We join Hulk and Janis walking down a hallway also discussing the idea of what’s to happen next.  People want to see the Maestro’s body.  The Hulk tells them that it’s impossible.  Janis and Hulk pour Rick Jones ashes onto Cap’s shield.  Meanwhile, Char and her Father, Boz, are now being bullied by Lothar who doesn’t think Boz can lead anyone.  After all, he couldn’t even protect his daughter from Maestro.  As they argue the Hulk throws Cap’s shield, scattering Rick’s ashes.  Lothar continues to terrorize Char and Boz swears that the Gods will strike him down if he doesn’t stop.  Lothar challenges the Gods to do their worst – and Cap’s shield comes down fast and swift and cuts off Lothar’s head.  Boz then orders his people to clean up the mess and tells them not to mess with him because they see what will happen.  Char whispers to her Father that she may be pregnant with the Maestro’s child.  He tells her to keep that quiet.  Written by Peter David – a good solid story – B+