Monthly Archives: July 2009

Hulk Rage: Follow the Leader (2003)

A Ten Cent Book - this is what it looks like!

A Ten Cent Book - this is what it looks like!

When the movie came out they released the 4 or 5 page board books for kids.  Originally priced at $5.99 – I found this earlier this year when I walked into a CVS and it was just sitting there amongst the other books!  I was so excited because when it was released I never picked it up – and here it was!  Years later!  Just sitting in a random CVS that I walked into!  But the best part is that when the cashier rung it up it came up as – ready for this?  $.10!  Yup, a whole dime!  And there is no tax on reading material in MA – so it came up as… $.10.  I paid for this with 2 nickels. 🙂

The Hulk rescues the small town and captures the Leader - hope I didn't ruin the end for you

The Hulk rescues the small town and captures the Leader - hope I didn't ruin the end for you

Latest Hulk Posters (2009)

Defenders/Offenders Poster

Defenders/Offenders Poster

Some of the Comic shops around were sent these 2 posters to put up and display – my friend was nice enough to give them to me.  Thanks Corry!  Speaking of Comic Shops – I spent the last few weeks driving around like a mad man for work – but I also found and visited 4 new comic shops!  I will update the Shops page this weekend – so check back to see what I thought about these shops.  I will say – I picked up a few gems out there – I was very happy!

Defenders

Defenders

The... ugh... Offenders

The... ugh... Offenders

But to go on about these posters, one is obviously the covers to Hulk #11 – or is it #12 – I could care less except that McG’s art is just so eye catching!  It features the Defenders and Offenders – but luckily I don’t think the Offenders will be re-grouping anytime… ever seeing as the Crimson Idiot killed them all – not that they would remember.  The other is a Superhero Squad Poster – I so wish that this series was around when I was a kid – look how cool but cute these freakin’ guys are!  But still bad ass!

Superhero Squad Poster

Superhero Squad Poster

Hulk - His fingers are the size of his freakin' head!@

Hulk - His fingers are the size of his freakin' head!@

Classic Abomination - Man, I miss him...

Classic Abomination - Man, I miss him...

Wolverine and the X-Men / Deadly Enemies DVD (2009) – The Review

Wolverine and the X-Men: Deadly Enemies

Wolverine and the X-Men: Deadly Enemies

I saw this when it aired on TV – but boy am I glad they brought out this DVD rather then having to buy a WHOLE season just for this episode.  Because I would have!  This episode is pretty freakin’ sweet.  I never try to give away too too much in my reviews so that you still have something to surprise you if you choose to purchase it yourself.  With that being said – you should totally get this!  Not only is the animation pretty solid but the episode itself is not only full of action but also some pretty decent humor.

Hulk vs. Wolverine - no contest!

Hulk vs. Wolverine - no contest!

Alright, this episode begins with SHEILD agents being taken down one by one by a quick moving Wendigo.  Just as the helicopter takes off the Hulk shows up – FADE TO BLACK!  Pretty strong beginning.  Anyways, SHEILD shows up to ask Wolverine to take on the monsters in the Canadian forest.  Wolverine agrees because everything Fury knows about the mutant school and he said he’d let it go public.  It doesn’t take long after Wolverine gets to the forest for the Hulk to find him.  Hulk says he remembers him – and they even flash back to Wolverine in his classic costume – they tangle for a bit, but after Wolverine shoves a hand grenade in the Hulk’s mouth he finally falls. 

There's a quick flashback with Wolvie's first costume!

There's a quick flashback with Wolvie's first costume!

We join Wolverine and Banner in a cave where Banner recounts how he ended up in Canada with SHEILD – how Banner had a cure for the Wendigo but was then thrown out of the plane to become bait.  As Wolverine and Banner set out to find the helicopter they are intercepted by the Wendigo.  They also find out that the Wendigo’s bite has infected others and there is a whole clan of them – where have I heard that before?  Oh that’s right – in Hulk, written by Loeb, the big difference is… Loeb’s story sucked and made no sense because the Wendigo had made their way to Vegas and the Fixit came out for a few panels to fight them.  Here, it makes a lot more sense and is worked in nicely.

The Wendigo!

The Wendigo!

As Wolvie takes on the multiple Wendigos Banner finds the helicopter that has the cure inside.  But it’s in a tree.  High in a tree.  Just as Banner discovers this the main Wendigo comes out of nowhere ready to attack – but Wolverine isn’t far behind.  As Wolverine continues to fight off the fury beasts, Banner makes it into the chopper – only to have another Wendigo jump into the chopper as well, making it crash to the ground.  As the Wendigos get the upper hand on Wolverine, Bruce Hulks out and saves the day.  Hulk throws the Wendigos around like rag dolls and Wolvie takes the opportunity to grab the cure from the chopper and starts to inject each of the monsters.

The Hulk in control!  Where he belongs!

The Hulk in control! Where he belongs!

The best line comes out when Hulk gives his attention to Wolverine again “Hulk is not a behind!” (you have to watch it) – but as the Wendigo all revert back into human form Wolvie notices that all the Wendigo are wearing SHEILD uniforms.  He realizes who the real enemy is.  Hulk grabs Wolverine by the head and is ready to beat him to a pulp when Wolverine apologizes to him.  The Hulk accepts and lets him go.  It’s another classic scene!  Fury comes back and scoffs at Wolverine when confronted with the evidence of his involvement.  But Wolverine has a way to get him back.  Let’s just say – it’s a great ending with the Hulk out on top!

Hulk rages out in the end!

Hulk rages out in the end!

If you have the chance, listen to the commentary.  It’s chock full of interesting tidbits – as well as a very embarrassing moment caught on audio as one of the writes admits to thinking the Wolverine’s first appearance was in TIH #183.  They explain how this is a re-imagining of the classic match-up – which works out well – and my favorite part – the magical clothing.  Really solid episode.  The disc also features 4 other episodes , one including Gambit.  I think it’s worth the pick up – Grade B+

Planet Hulk DVD – Out in January 2010!

SDCC brings lots of great news – especially about the Planet Hulk DVD coming out in 2010 – check it out by clicking the image above!

Some Good News! New Hulk Figures!

New Hulk Figure... maybe a BAF?  Oh goodness - I hope not...

New Hulk Figure... maybe a BAF? Oh goodness - I hope not...

Both the Marvel Legends line and the Marvel Universe Line have Hulk figures coming out.  It looks like the MU line are putting together Secret Wars 2-Packs including a Hulk/Cyclops pair up.  Hulk and Cyclops?  Really?  Isn’t that like making Brady Bunch 2 packs and putting Greg and Kitty CarryAll together?  Anyways, there’s also a new Hulk figure coming out – one that was supposed to come out in the animated FF toy line that never saw the light of day.

Secret Wars Hulk - nice

Secret Wars Hulk - nice

Too Much Going On…

Well, at least he knows it...

Well, at least he knows it...

Not to post – so it seems everyone still buying this book (including me) have really done it now… turns out Loeb is smugly announcing the plans for the upcoming Hulk books – not featuring the Hulk – not to mention also premiering a “Red She Hulk” character coming out.  That’s right… all is lost.  With the Hulk book selling like gangbusters Loeb and company actually think this means they have been doing a good job.  They even admit that they have increased the book by a dollar because “how we look at the value of what we’re producing. You may not agree with it, and I totally respect that. We look at the prices and the appropriate value for the content that’s in it.”

That’s right – it says that they look at the content of what they are putting out and agree that the Hulk title is actually worth MORE than other books because of the “quality” storytelling that’s inside.  More like – all the top selling books are now going to cost more.  Man, Marvel is really out to kick their fans right in the naughty beans, huh?

Read more here

Oh good... a female Crimson Idiot... Oh good… a female Crimson Idiot…

Stan Lee’s “Hulk of Many Colors” (2009) – The Review

Stan Lee... the man who gave us the Hulk... and Ravage 2099

Stan Lee... the man who gave us the Hulk... and Ravage 2099

Stan Lee really should have just politely declined being part of Hulk #600.  This story is a quick secondary story after the waste of space that is Loeb’s story.  I understand it’s a throw away, gag – but really, why waste time and energy on this ridiculousness.  Alright, very short and sweet – Hulk and Crimson Idiot are fighting – WendiHulk comes in for absolutely no reason I can see – and Galactus shows up.  The people ask him to kill Red to save the Hulk… Galactus asks which is which.  They say that Hulk is green ,Red Hulk is Red – Galactus counters with “Sorry, I can’t help you.  I’m color blind.” 

Oh yeah... he revived the WendiHulk - thought we were past this atrocity

Oh yeah... he revived the WendiHulk - thought we were past this atrocity

It’s better if you follow this story with a rim shot.

The Hulks... in a weird sexual position...

The Hulks... in a weird sexual position...

I should also add that Hulk: Gray #1 is included in this issue – but it seems more like a promotion for the Hardcover rather than a way to reward fans with a key issue from Hulk history.  I mean, really, Hulk: Gray was… good – but that’s it.  It was marginally good at that.  You couldn’t tell if this was supposed to take place in current continuity or not – because Loeb wrote Iron Man into this story – but as you’ll remember – the first time IM and the Hulk met was in Avengers #1 – so it looks as though Loeb didn’t bother to do any research… big surprise.  Anyways – the addition of Hulk: Gray gets and F in my book – like I said – how about rewarding Hulk fans for once Marvel?