Daily Archives: June 25, 2009

Wizard #214 is Hulk-tastic!

Savage Showmen Top Ten by Wizard

Savage Showmen Top Ten by Wizard

Listen, it’s been a while since I actually bought a Wizard, the magazine just doesn’t do it for me anymore – but a friend told me to check it out for a few Hulk treats inside.  There’s a top ten list entitled Savage Showmen where they count down the Hulk’s most successful creators.  Here’s what we got:

10) Bill Mantlo – Okay, sure.  He wrote some of the most classic Hulk tales – he deserves his due.

9) Ed Mcguinness – let’s be honest here, he’s the only reason people are buying the book right now.  Maybe he deserves this spot, but I’m still inclined to say not.

8 ) Bruce Jones – Wait, Seriously?!?  Bruce freakin’ Jones?  Someone needs a reality check!  The guy was one of the worst Hulk scribes of Hulk history!  No way does he deserve a spot!

7) Todd McFarlane – I know not everyone is a fan. but I am, he’s the guy who was drawing the book when I first started reading it, so I have a soft spot for this guy.

6) Dale Keown – Hands down, one of the most revered Hulk artist out there.

5) Gary Frank – Not a fan of this artist rendition of the Hulk.  I know there are people who love this guy – but I can’t say I’m one of them.

4) Herb Trimpe – By far my favorite, so yeah, I think he should be higher on this list!

3) Greg Pak – For writing one of the most memorable Hulk stories in years, he’s earned his spot.  But #3?  Really?

2) Sal Buscema – Can’t argue this one either, if it’s not Keown that Hulk fans want – it’s Buscema!

1) Peter David – The man, the legend, and here he is at #1.

Ummm… where is Kirby and Lee? 

Shop Talk - everyone hates the Red Hulk...

Shop Talk - everyone hates the Red Hulk...

Also, toward the back near the price guide, you will see a small side bar with Retailer Buzz noting that Hulk is not selling all that well anymore.  The people asked reason that it’s because no one cares about who the Red Hulk is anymore (I agree) – that it’s taken way too long to get the identity (I also agree) and that the inconsistent schedule is killing the book (Yup, yup)

Skaar: Son of Hulk #12 (2009) – The Review

Skaar: Son of Hulk #12

Skaar: Son of Hulk #12

I know this post is really late going up – but I left my computer at work last night and didn’t get it again until this morning – but here it is!

Let’s take a break from the MCP reviews with something a little more current!  I forgot to review #11 – although I will admit, it’s in my “To Read” pile and I haven’t even touched it.  I’ve had a lot to do.  With only a month or so left till my daughter arrives it seems like my to do list just gets bigger and bigger.  Anyways, this issue starts with the Hulk calling Skaar out – and Skaar coming back with “I thought you’d be bigger” (what a great line).  This is how it’s supposed to be – at the age of thirteen, every Forgeday, a son must test his father and the father must tame the son.  Hulk and Skaar trade blows while the warbound looks on and notices that this fight is taking place a little too close to a nuclear power plant.  Skaar asks the Hulk if that’s the hardest he can hit – and Hulk shows him that it wasn’t.  Korg steps in to try to calm things down but Hulk only uses him as a weapon to hit Skaar with.  Then, Korg tells each of them that if they are going to fight that they must at least tell each other what their grievances with each other is.  Skaar asks what kind of “hero” leaves his son to burn, his world to die?  Hulk answers with… stupid Hulk talk.

Hulk is in his Savage persona, he doesn’t even recognize Korg or Skaar – this may be Pak’s attempt to fix Loeb’s disgusting past two years of writing – but when he looks into Skaar’s eyes he sees Caiera and he remembers.  Skaar asks him if he knows he is Green Scar – and Hulk responds with, “Nope!  I’m the World Breaker, Bitch!”  Alright, I added the bitch part…

Remembering makes the Hulk transform into Bruce Banner – and back into the Savage Hulk again – like he’s trying to forget or something.  Skaar asks him to show himself – to show the World Breaker again.  Skaar send a crack along the canyon floor, right toward the power plant.  The Warbound go into action to try to stop a meltdown from occurring.  Skaar asks Hulk to see Green Scar again – and Hulk refuses to go and help stop the meltdown.  Hulk hold the containment building together – but as one of the towers crumble the Hulk turns his attention to it – the containment building begins to blow.  Everyone believes this will be it – until Skaar uses the Old Power to stop the meltdown.  Elloe Kaifi asks why he fights with a sword if he has all that power – Skaar answers by plunging said sword into the Hulk’s chest saying it’s more fun.  (By the way – if this ever comes up to buy – I so want it!)

Skaar walks away calling the Hulk a moron and saying that he’ll be back when there is someone in there worth killing and tells them to stay ways until then – because this is his planet now.  The last scene of this story shows the devastation that the fight had on the area, molten lava flowing between huge cracks in the Earth’s crust.  Just plain awesome – it really sets Skaar up as a bad ass not to be reckoned with.  Just a fantastic build up!  Grade: A (PAK IS BACK BABY!)

There is a variant cover showcasing the Hulk – as well as a wraparound variant cover and an even scarcer sketch variant cover – but since it’s early and I have no camera you’ll just seek these out to see for your self.

There is a second story – a worthy read as well – of the Surfer warning a world about the coming of Galactus.  Because their world is strong with the old power Galactus will come.  The Surfer tells them about Caiera’s sacrifice so that others may live – and he also tells of Skaar’s defiance.  How after Galactus had fed and would have slept for thousands of years – but Skaar, with one last attack, wakes the eater of worlds and he hungers once again for more.  The Surfer tried to stop him – only to be batted away in a blink of an eye.  He warns for the inhabitants of the planet to leave before Galactus gets there – to remember who to honor (Caiera) and who to curse (Skaar, now on Earth).  We join Skaar on Earth, in Iowa, where a much younger version of himself is sitting at a lake, staring at a much older reflection, and damning him.  Man, this comic has me jazzed about Hulk comics again!