The Incredible Hulk #600 (2009) – The Review

The Incredible Hulk #600 McGuiness wrap around cover

The Incredible Hulk #600 McGuiness wrap around cover

Before I even bother with this review, yes – I knew that the Red Hulk’s identity would not be revealed in this issue – in fact, Loeb said in an interview that it would not be revealed until sometime in 2010 – but I’m not holding my breath, we’ve been lied to before.  As in… this is the Hulk’s 600th issue… no matter how you add it up this is not the Hulk’s 600th issue!  It’s either very close to 600 – or over – or not even close.

Alex Ross 50/50 variant

Alex Ross 50/50 variant

Let’s get this over with, shall we?  Already, this comic begins with Ben Urich saying he will never print this story… why couldn’t Loeb have taken a cue from his own writing?  Now, Ben recounts where WWH (another disappointing Hulk story) left off – with Stark shooting the Hulk with the laser (although, it totally forgets to mention that the Hulk TOLD Stark to do so!) and how Ross took Banner away.  Then Urich meets She Hulk in a parking garage where she asks him to look into who the Red Hulk is.  He agrees to look into it – and he also brings Peter Parker with him to take photos.  Samson meets up with everyone holding radiation suite for Parker and Urich – he also has short hair and keeps mentioning that they have to move before “he” comes back.  As they go through the sewers and make it inside Gamma Base where we see A-Bomb (missing since issue #6), Ross (same), M.O.D.O.C.K. (what? when did?  what the?) and Banner (when was he captured?).

Samson - sweating like a bastard...

Samson - sweating like a bastard...

Bad Samson - Long Hair means "Bad" apparently...

Bad Samson - Long Hair means "Bad" apparently...

Suddenly Samson says “HE” is coming and She Hulk looks to see Samson is now long-haired and he says “Good Doctor is out – Bad Doctor is in!”  (I want to stop reading here – drive to Loeb’s house and ask for my money back – ALREADY!)  Well the two start to brawl but MODOCK puts a quick end to that but that’s when Urich comes face to face with the Red Hulk.  As the Crimson Idiot is reaching for Urich Spiderman saves the day.  There is a pretty funny Watchmen reference – I admit, I laughed – I won’t spoil it though.  Spiderman takes on the Red Hulk in a huge splash page (I know, a splash page in Hulk?  McGuiness is doing splash pages?  Crazy talk!)  Anyways, MODOCK, in an attempt to shoot Spiderman accidentally releases A-Bomb.

The Crimson Idiot vs Spiderman

The Crimson Idiot vs Spiderman

Hulk finally appears... in his own freakin issue.

Hulk finally appears... in his own freakin issue.

The Red Hulk finally catches Spiderman only to be seen by Banner who is in a Luke Skywalker type bubble bath and he hulks out to help Spiderman.  The Hulks face off and slam into a wall that opens the gamma core and starts a meltdown.  Then, in the most brilliantly asinine plot device, the Red Hulk uses his made up “absorbing” power that was just introduced in the last issue of the Hulk to completely drain the Hulk right out of Banner.  The Red Hulk then states “Bruce Banner can never turn into the Hulk again”  (This is where I wanted to drive to Loeb’s house, ask for my money back, buy the comic from him, then ask for my money back all over again)  If he could have done this before – then why did he try to kill the Hulk with a gun in issue #4?  Why didn’t he just drain him then?  Or how about when when he killed the Hulk in issue #10?  Why didn’t he just drain him then?  Why?  WHY?  What kind of sense does any of this make?

The Crimson Idiot absorbs the Hulk right out of Banner

The Crimson Idiot absorbs the Hulk right out of Banner

As Gamma Base is about to blow Spiderman saves Urich, A-Bomb saves Banner, and the Crimson Idiot stays with She Hulk and Samson as the place blows sky-high!  This non-event issue ends with Urich being confronted by The Crimson Idiot in the parking garage where She Hulk first met up with him.  He tells him to bury the story – and then gives goes into a diatribe about the Hulk destroying buildings in his rampages – and what if he did it to a building that housed the people Ben Urich cared about.  Is that supposed to be a reason to bury the story?  Was it a threat?  Who knows?  Urich says there is a war coming.  All I know is that the Hulk’s landmark premature 600th issue had the Hulk in only 4 pages.  4.  And then was defeated and killed off.  Again, the Hulk was killed in his own book in less than a few months.

A-Bomb saves Banner

A-Bomb saves Banner

Onto the grade… what can I say?  I could care less who the Crimson Idiot is at this point – the whole story has lost my interest and this issue didn’t spark any more interest.  I read out of loyalty and that is it.  I wish I cared more.  Who knows Loeb may surprise everyone in the end – but I doubt this will pan out positively.  Grade: D

Sale 1/25 Variant

Sale 1/25 Variant

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18 responses to “The Incredible Hulk #600 (2009) – The Review

  1. Some of the best plot holes that I have heard:

    Doc Samson has a split personality now? Okay – the good version has short hair and the bad version has long – but where does the long hair go when he turns back into the good version? Does it go back in his head? Who thought this crap up? Does this not wreak of retarded writing?

    Also – in the Wendigo storyline – what were the Wendigos doing in Vegas? And how were they not spotted BEFORE they reached there?

  2. I hate the fact that I have to buy this because the title says Hulk. I imagine if I stop buying the Loeb issues, in about 6 months after he’s off the book, I’ll be able to get them for under a dollar in mint condition anywhere!!! 😦

  3. Mercenary Nonsense

    WHAT THE FUCK!!LOEB YOUR COMIC WRITING IS AS BAD AS DC’S OVERPOWERED CHARACTERS I’D TELL LOEB IF I MET HIM “YOUR NOT GOING TO GET AS FAMOUS AS STAN LEE WITH RED HULK SO WRITE HULK THE RIGHT WAY MOTHERFUCKER!!!!!!!!”

  4. I’m stickin to deadpool only comics till I see a new Hulk writer or red Hulk dies which ever comes first.

  5. Some knob store owner up here in Winnipeg who unfortunately has the most stuff as far as comic shops go, actually priced that 1/25 variant for 169.99!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! probably 150$ US….is that not insane?? thank god for ebay.

  6. I haven’t gone to my LCS yet…I’m gonna walk and not run now…how disappointing!

  7. Absurdity in the most high, and couldn’t Marvel just give us a new story, instead of a reprint that’s 23 pages long of Hulk Gray, WTF! I would’ve preferred another untold story with Ulik, Mangog, Champion, Gladiator, Sandman or Blasstar. Worst anniversary ish ever, come on Marvel wake the muck up!

  8. I’m done buying Hulk issues until Loeb is taken off the book. I would advise others to do the same. As long as Hulk sales are up, they’re going to keep these bullsh*t stories up. Only way to create change it to hit them where it hurts: their wallets.

    • I hate to admit it – but you are right – it might be time to stop bitching online and really do something that will make them take notice. Stop supporting them.

  9. Gaaah. Lots of bad news, I agree, but now can’t we stick to buying Greg Pak’s Incredible Hulk and leave Loeb’s drivel on the shelf? I’ve been reading Hulk since 1977, and #600 has to be the biggest load of b@££@¢ks I’ve ever read. Too bad.

    • I think that’s the best way to send a message to Marvel – stop buying Hulk and just buy TIH – oddly Loeb gave the biggest FU to fans – just as the real Hulk was getting his title back Loeb kills him off.

  10. I remember when Jeph Loeb was a good writer whose name was something an incentive to buy a title.

  11. I have to agree with all, Loeb cannot write and should be removed as his stories, timelines and facts are all a mess, there is no cohesiveness or follow through and good continuity.

    incompetence
    Stupid writing

    I feel like I have been mugged for my momney after reading Hulk 600 the only saving grace is the art work…

    whats that Rubbish stan lee wrote as well, as a follow on story, they are takin the Piss, the sheer arrogance abnd audacity to treat us a s mugs

    • I have to agree with you that Loeb doesn’t seem to bother with any kind of research… he is mailing it in at this point.

  12. Jeff Loeb should retire

  13. WHO THE HELL IS THE RULK!!!!!

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