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.
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 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.
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!
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?