Daily Archives: December 10, 2009

Fall of the Hulks: Alpha (2009) – The Review

Fall of the Hulk: Alpha - Variant Cover

Fall of the Hulks - regular cover - sorry it's blurry

Alright, let’s get back into the swing of things here!  I have a whole slew of books to review – and quite a great week of posts set for next week!  This month is a great month for Hulk fans – there are comics practically EVERY week.  The only kick in the pants is that the Hulk is missing from most of them…

The Leader collects the smartest team ever!

Now this is the Hulk related comic I’ve been waiting for!  Not only was it fun to read – most of it actually made sense… not to mention that this comic actually contained a full complete story – instead of a ridiculous 2 minute shot of a story.  Man, I hate Loeb’s writing!  🙂  This story follows the Leader throughout the years – and it’s probably a good idea to read the Eternals storyline I just reviewed – because it’s kind of important!

The Leader sees the Hulk Robot...

First, we meet the Leader’s team of super-villains – a team of whom he has collected and the Leader believes he runs – the team is:  The Wizard, Egghead, The Mad Thinker and Ivan Kragoff,  They break into the Eternals base and the library of Alexandria.  They steal all sorts of things, intelligence of sorts to use in the future – including the Hulk Robot capable of absorbing Cosmic Energy.  A bit of a geek-asm right there!  Anyways, they are dropping everything off with Doom since he has the space to store it – not to mention he has the army to defend it!  But did these super geniuses really think that Doom was the best person to hold these things?  He’s the best choice?  Because it’s not like he’s proven himself to be faithful, loyal or trustworthy!  But these brainiacs choose to leave it with him anyways!  But we continue to follow the villains throughout Marvel history – Each of the team busy with their own plans – but also secretly helping each other out of imprisonment.  They also mention how they reconstituted some of the other villains such as Sandman in order to keep the heroes busy… 

Egg Head Dies... oh well...

The Leader collects Betty...

As time goes by, the team changes – Egg Head is replaced, mainly because… well, he died in a fight with the Avengers.  But the Leader has a perfect replacement –  M.O.D.O.C.K. – but Doom is not happy with the new team mate.  He’s a bit skived out by him, as anyone would be.  Anyways, they continue to collect intelligence from all over the world – invisible to the naked eye by technology that is too awesome to be real.  Why can’t comic book physics actually work in real life?  How boss would that be?  I wouldn’t have to use words like boss anymore because I’d be invisible to everyone – everyone except native elderly.

The Leader knows the Hulk will return...

Now, the Leader continues with his ultimate plans – they even show as he collects Betty Ross’ dead body.  But then everything changes – Doom contacts the Leader and informs him of the plan to send the Hulk away to another planet.  The Leader mentions the Civil War, and the Mad Thinker even mentions wanting to add Amadeus Cho to their ranks – but the Leader refuses to add a child to their team.  Now the team gets what they need at the library of Atlantis – and as they drop everything off… Doom turns on them!  Who didn’t see this coming?!!?  The villains try to fight back – but the Leader cuts his losses and leaves.  He believes the Intelligencia is done… until…

Doom bitch slaps the Leader!

M.O.D.O.C.K. finds the Leader in his hidden base.  He tells the Leader that through the Alexandria scrolls he has learned about Cosmic Energy.  He says that the Hulk will return – just as the Leader has said – but if they take the Cosmic Energy and the other powerful energy known too well in the MU… Gamma!  They could create a Hulk of their own!  Combining the two energies will create an unstoppable force!  At Hulk’s core was always Banner – and so they could never manipulate the Hulk they way they wanted – but using another person… someone they could negotiate with – they could have their own Red Hulk!

The Plan for the Red Hulk begins...

This was such an enjoyable comic – and if this is how they started the series – it may actually have been more enjoyable – seriously, one of the things that ruined this whole series besides Loeb’s horrid writing was this ridiculous need to keep his identity and origin secret for this long!  This comic was well done and I loved it!  Grade: A