While a one Mr. Gary Miller and his exquisitely written article made me a bit more excited about this series – the fact remains – Loeb’s writing is so bad it makes me want to punch a school girl in the neck…
This issue begins with a small inner monologue of Bruce Banner talking about how he can’t believe the Hulk is gone – how he’s going through the stages of relief – uhhh… grief. As Bruce thinks about the Hulk he has returned to the cave from the original 6 issues – the cave that would house the Hulk at night so that he was trapped and couldn’t get out. Anyways, Rick shows up, no longer able to change back into human form but is able to articulate like Rick rather than my Uncle on $2 draft night. He says that he and Bruce are linked – he can find him no matter where they are – just as Bruce and the Red Hulk are linked. Anyways, he tells Bruce that he’s not sure How he’s able to do it – that MODOCK must have done something to him – but now he can blend into his surroundings like a chameleon.
Meanwhile, Norman Osbourne has heard through the grapevine that the Hulk is no more and sends Ares to find out if it’s true. Ares says that he can’t promise he won’t kill Bruce Banner. While Banner and A-Bomb talk Ares shows up and tries to take Banner out. Rick battles Ares, to no avail, and as Ares gets the upper hand Bruce throws a rock at him. Ares lunges for Bruce and traps himself inside the rock cell. Bruce shuts the door and Ares is is stuck. Rick and Bruce leave the cave and go to a bus stop where Rick asks Bruce if he wants him to go with him. Bruce says no and the bus drives off.
In the morning Ares is able to get out of the cave and reports back to Osborne that, yes, Bruce Banner can no longer turn into the Hulk. Osborne is happy about this news. Very happy. By the way, I’m writing this issue from memory so if I forgot something or put the sequence of events out of order – sorry – but this is what happened in the issue… pretty much. Onto the grade!
A Hulk issue without the Crimson Idiot?!?!? Wow! That alone gets it a better grade! I don’t know though… I still say this story is taking way too long and Loeb has screwed the pooch, sort of speak, because people are dropping this title left and right every month they release a new issue. Now that Loeb has stopped with the senseless drivel of crap like Defenders/Offenders and the story is somewhat moving along I give this issue a C. Oh, what the heck – C+