Within this comic is 2 stories – and the one I’m focusing on is called “Puny Little Man” – brought to us by the team on the regular Hulk book, Loeb and McGuinness. While that may be a deterrent for some others may be enticed to check this issue out. It was released almost 2 years before the utterly horrible “Hulk” title and showcasing the Wolverine’s first appearance in the comics. Loeb’s pencils are flat out amazing in this issue and his regular inker Vines makes his images pop – while the coloring was done in an old school way – dare I call it pixilating – if my memory serves… I could be wrong though.
Look at how gorgeous that is!
I would love to track this art down
The story is quite simple, The Wolverine just remembers what that first fight with the Hulk was like. He wonders why he talked the way he did, why he was working for the Canadian Government, why he was wearing such a ridiculous costume, and why he even thought he could take on the Hulk and Wendigo – although they really don’t mention or even show Wendigo in this story (SHOCKER! Loeb is leaving out obvious and important plot points in a story!) but the fight with Hulk is great to look at.
When will Wolvie learn? He's no match for the Hulk!
Wolverine slashes over and over until the Hulk finally gets a hold of him and then rips him apart – and Loeb takes on the now classic art of Hulk tearing Wolverine in half – man, I would LOVE to own this piece of art! – but the end of the rather quick story has Wolverine waking up and thinking it was all a dream.
I wish I had this much talent in my pinkie toe...
All in all – not too bad – but a very quick and fun story that packs in so much beautiful art it’s worth picking up. Grade B+
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Bruce - you're looking pretty creepy right now
Here’s a slight variation on the origin of the Hulk. It’s still pretty faithful – to a point – then branches off in it’s own direction. Let’s talk about some of the changes: Bruce Banner is a little more outgoing, he’s not afraid to flirt with Betty or stand up to Thunderbolt in a more aggressive way. A lot of the same – for example; Igor is still Bruce’s assistant and Rick Jones still makes a stupid move of being at ground zero at the wrong time – except that this time Jones in an Intern who wasn’t informed of the test.
Look at the shot of all the Hulk villains! Can you say classic?
Bruce asks for the countdown to be stopped – but it can’t be – he heads out to the bomb site and saves Jones… again. But a big change is that that is the last we see of Jones in this story. Instead we hear Thunderbolt tell Bruce that not only is he pulling funding for the project, mainly because Bruce is still alive and well – thus proving the bomb doesn’t do what was intended – but Bruce tells Ross it was never meant to be a weapon – but Ross also tells Banner to stay away from is daughter.
Bruce freaks out and he calls Betty to tell her everything. She tries to calm him down but to no avail – Bruce gets more and more angry thinking that the Army just wants to steal his bomb and that Ross scammed him – he blames Betty and says that she knew it all along. He gets so angry that he changes… he turns into the Hulk
That’s when Hulk releases the fury. He destroys the base camp – destroys EVERYTHING – he throws jeeps and helicopters, fires break out, things are exploding all around. Then the Hulk captures a glimpse of his reflection. It stops him right in his tracks as he stares into the mirror and sees himself – and then his other self, Bruce Banner.
THOOM! That's also the sound I make when I go #2
In the morning, Igor stands over ruins and tells Bruce that everything is gone, the research is lost, it’s all in Bruce’s head now. Bruce tells Igor he’s leaving – he’s disappearing and he gives Igor a letter to give to Betty. The last page shows Betty reading the apology from Bruce and an explanation on why he’s leaving.
What a great story – a perfect re-imagining of a classic character – my only complaint is that they didn’t make this into a Hulk series. I would’ve loved to see more of this. They did do a story for each of the major players in the MU – but this one was totally the best! Grade: A