Monthly Archives: August 2009

The Incredible Hulk #601 (2009) – The Review

The Incredible Hulk #601

The Incredible Hulk #601

So, the Hulk is gone – Banner’s on his own – out to find his son.  But there is good news – Pak is back!  Now, this issue starts with Banner on a train where a young boy is abused by his father.  When Banner steps in the man hits him – and what normally would’ve ended with the entire city in rubble – ends with Banner instead threatening the man by letting him know he has all his information (taken off of his cell phone) and if he ever hits the kid again he’ll destroy him.  When Bruce reaches his stop he’s greeted by the FF, Cap, Spidey Hercules, Wolverine, and others.  Banner jokes by asking if he’s getting the key to the city – Reed quips back with “Sorry, you didn’t exactly endear yourself to the locals the last time you hit town.”  they trade a few more barbs before entering the Baxter Building.

Sorry - had to cut off Sue's head

Sorry - had to cut off Sue's head

Reed tries to inform Banner of everything he knows about Skaar – but Banner knows everything already – and then a spaceship comes flying out of Bruce’s nose.  No, I’m not kidding.  A spaceship.  Out of his nose.  The ship contains Pym, Beast, Black Panther and Cho.  They’ve been studying Bruce form the inside and have found no traces of Gamma-Radiation.  No sign of the Hulk at all.  Banner knows all of this as well – but tells them all that he knows the Hulk will be back.  No matter what – he will be back – and he wants to be ready for it.  Before Reed can ask more, Bruce grabs the Hulk’s sword and says he just wanted his stuff back, and teleports out of there.

Bruce holds his big sword...

Bruce holds his big sword...

Bruce goes to the Mojave Desert and gets ready for Skaar.  A large shadowy Hulk-ing figure appears – Skaar leaps across the country only to find that it is not the Hulk.  Instead Bruce has climbed inside the red robot from TTA #60/61 – (Thanks for the note Mark P) and it feeds off of Skaar’s Gamma energy.  Skaar switches to his Old Strong power and beats the robot pretty quickly.

Bruce wearing protection... hehe

Bruce wearing protection... hehe

The Red Robot from TTA #60

The Red Robot from TTA #60

Hulk Taking on the Red Robot - From TTA #60

Hulk Taking on the Red Robot - From TTA #60

Skaar continues to try to beat Bannner down – but Banner uses shields to block Skaar’s blows.  Skaar finally calms down enough to listen to Bruce – who tells him that he knows he wants a chance to kill the Hulk – and the Hulk wants the same.  The Hulk is just as angry because Skaar killed his mother, the Hulk’s queen, all over again.  He destroyed Sakaar – and he will beat Skaar.  But Bruce wants him to be ready when the Hulk comes back – so he tells him he’s going to help by picking a fight.  Then, we see a blast hit an RV and it reveals Juggernaut sitting in his easy chair – and a little pissed off.  Get ready for a fight – a good one!

Juggy - and no, he is not on the toilet

Juggy - and no, he is not on the toilet

Alright, do you see how a build up is necessary to make a fight not only make sense but also seem real exciting?  I’m excited for the next issue!  I want to see Skaar take on Juggy – but it makes it better because it wasn’t just a random fight.  It wasn’t out of left field and all of a sudden!  I liked the fact that they are showing just how smart Bruce is – I love when writers don’t forget that Bruce is one of the 8 smartest people on the face of the earth – that Bruce is no slouch and can take care of himself!  And Skaar looks bad-ass!  He is certainly an entertaining character to watch – even while we’re waiting for the Hulk to come back!  The issue gets a B+ from me.  I liked it a lot and am eagerly awaiting the next issue.  What did you guys think?

McGuiness Variant - my favorite cover of the 3

McGuiness Variant - my favorite cover of the 3

70th Anniversary Frame Variant

70th Anniversary Frame Variant

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A Week of Valkyrie – Thursday (Defenders #45)

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Alright – I have a bunch of things to post tonight – and throughout the day since Hulk #14, Incredible Hulk #601 AND Son of Hulk #14 all came out today – so while I’m working on the reviews enjoy the next Valkyrie cover – one where the Hulk and V are facing off – and 10 points to the first person who can name Valkyrie’s sword WITHOUT looking it up…

A Week of Valkyrie – Wednesday Parts I & II (Defenders #4/#66)

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So – The Defenders were an interesting group.  It all starts with Strange, Namor and the Hulk – and sometimes the Surfer – but this was an unbeatable group – mainly because these guys were the heavy hitters in the MU – Groups have a hard time beating just one of them – never mind when they all get together!  So, in issue #4 they started what would be a common practice in the Defenders – something called “the revolving door cast of characters”.  Here comes Valkyrie!  And she must like that pose because the has it again in Defenders #66.

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By the way, I’m having fun going through the back issues of Hulk and others to show to you – I’m thinking about doing either the Thing or Abomination next – what do you guys think – do you like this feature – and who else, in the Hulk universe, would you like to see?

A Week of Valkyrie – Tuesday (The Incredible Hulk #142)

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So, here’s the next issue to be showcased – it’s of course The Incredible Hulk #142 where the first Valkyrie (as Barbara Gordon) squared offf against the Hulk.  And, as this cover depicts, it seems Valkyrie is a fan of wrestling – and in particular the stylings of Jake “The Snake” Roberts.  Go V, go!

A Week of Valkyrie – Monday (Avengers #83)

avenger 83

The Hulk doesn’t even appear in this issue – but in regards to his foes it’s always nice to know when they first appeared – and in this instance it’s Avengers #83 released in 1970.  This cover was honored of course just a bit back by Frank Cho for Hulk #9 here:

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Hulk Shot Glass (2009)

Have you seen an angrier shot glass?

Have you seen an angrier shot glass?

So, I don’t drink.  I don’t really condone drinking either – so naturally I didn’t think the Hulk should ever wind up on a shot glass – but then I thought of it this way… sometimes, sometimes you’re just a little bit thirsty.  Like you need just a swallow of water – or soda.  Literally, you wake up in the night and just need to swallow something… wow, that sounded really bad, didn’t it?  I just mean that you need something to wet your mouth… holy crap, that sounded worse!  You know what?  Who can think of a better way to get plastered than drinking from the Hulk… I mean with the Hulk… wow – forget it – just forget it.  Ugh.

Hulk heading to the bar... a real man brings his own glass...

Hulk heading to the bar... a real man brings his own glass...

So Many Great Artists Out There…

Here’s a pretty bad ass Hulk image – Hulk with Puss.. ummm… kitty.  I think the Hulk would name his cat “Cat”.  Because, why not?