Mindless Hulk - 2 out of the 3 variants
I usually wait to post things until I have them all – but this new wave is so elusive! I can only find them at Toys R Us – and wave 2 looks exactly like wave 1 – except for the figures inside, well… some of them. They have re-released some of the Wave 1 figures in new colors – but the exciting part is…
Hulk as War - 2 out of the 3 variants
There are 8 – that’s right 8 new Hulks! There is a Professor Hulk, a Mindless Hulk, an All Ages Hulk (whatever that means), a regular old Hulk, a new WWH, a Dark Hulk, Hulk as War AND a Maestro! Not to mention… the villains? Oh yeah – we’re talking Bi-Beast, Zzaxx and Madman! Freakin’ Madman! Wow!
Professor and Dark Hulk
I am not in possession of them all… yet – but rest assure I will be! Here is a shot of all the figures released – and thank you Gamma Pup for bringing these to my attention! I actually like these little things!
Bi-Beast and Zzaxx
I was planning on about 20 of these posts – and since this is the last day of March this is the last of the Leader posts! Hope you enjoyed the month! I know I have mentioned an exciting announcement – and I was just told that I can tell everyone tomorrow – so get ready! Now, this month was showcasing some of the best Leader stuff – above is a personal favorite cover – the Leader and Maestro! Man, that team would be unstopable! And – in the 96 cartoon they had an episode that featured the Leader finally getting the Hulk’s power – it was kind of cool – although short lived, and if memory recalls, it was Gargoyle’s fault! Great episode – even better toy!
I can’t believe the month is almost over! It’s sad in a way! So… here’s a shot of the TTA #64 – and the Dynamic Forces Leader bust – I really like the Leader bust – I think it should have been more sought after – but what do I know? I was sure the Bowen Abomination statue would kick ass on the secondary market – and it’s not!
Green Hulk Bobble Head
I knew it was out there! Ever since I found the grey – I knew the green one was out there – just avoiding me! But I did snag it, off of Amazon. I broke down and bought it off the net – I hate doing it, for some reason, but sometimes it’s your only real option left! I have already discussed my… blah-ness feelings about bobble head dolls – but these are a bit different. I really like the sculpt – the retro feel to it – the really great packaging! Big Thumbs up!
The Two Bobble Heads
Smash and Crash Leader
Alright, let’s get back on track here… I know it was a shaky week last week with my tusty old blog – but let’s get down to brass tacks! Here we have two of the later 90’s Leader figures. It’s funny – the “Smash and Crash” one actually used to have a red liquid in his noggin – but overtime it evaporated… or leaked out… or something… I haven’t seen many of these with the liquid still in place. Too bad it was kind of cool. The Leader below – well, all I can say is that his head was made WAY too small!
1996 Incredible Hulk Animated Series Leader
Red Hulk #3
I have to tell you – I have read this comic about a half a dozen times over – and I can’t tell if I liked it or not. On the one hand, kudos to Parker for trying to make sense out of Loeb’s ridiculousness – but on the other hand, it’s like trying to fix a carburetor with a toothbrush! You might be able to do it – but it’s going to be really difficult! See, issue 3 deals with how Rick Jones was turned into A-Bomb. I mean, we need an entire different series on how he came to call himself A-Bomb – or why he thought it was a good idea – or why Loeb is still being allowed to write anything cause he’s a blathering idiot – but still – we are dealt his origin as follows:
The memories coming flooding back to Jones!
Rick is fighting Red Hulk. The Red Hulk starts to trigger memories from Rick – like how at the end of WWH he was taken by A.I.M. and they used the Abomination’s DNA to make Rick into what he is today. Marlo helped him escape – all this time Rick is pretending to be the stupid A-Bomb again – but we learn that Rick was trying to tell Bruce about the plan way back in issue 6 – I have an issue with that scene – but let’s just move on…
Banner and his trusty ole' Redeemer suit!
We then learn that Rick was given a trigger to kill Bruce Banner. We don’t know what it is – but at some point Rick is supposed to turn on Bruce and kill him. So the Intel give Rick his brains back as A-Bomb and send him out – which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense here – like I said – I give kudos to Parker for trying to fix this mess – but it’s getting out of control here! In TIH #600 we see Bruce in a tank – we are not told how he was captured or why at that point – but he was in the tank. We see Rick – who we hadn’t seen since issue 6 – being experimented on. In the scuffle there Rick helps Bruce escape and they have been together ever since…
So when did they implant this trigger exactly? During that time? Because Bruce was still able to be turned into the Hulk – and Bruce wasn’t the wild card he turned into yet… and why then was M.O.D.O.C.K. so upset when the Red Hulk drained the Hulk out of Banner – wouldn’t that make him easier to kill? Man, I really get aggravated when thinking back to TIH #600 – you have a landmark issue tainted with one of the stupidest scenes ever written into a comic – the Red Hulk using his “draining” ability to destroy the Hulk. I mean, that was just really pathetic! Loeb continues to do the opposite of impress with this comic! How does this crap still sell? People let’s wake up here! Sorry – I got a little heated there… oy… I just remembered the scene in this issue – where the Red Hulk says that Hulk “overheated” him… referring, of course to issue #6 – another doozy.
Anyways, getting back on track… Bruce intentionally sets off the trigger and as tears after Bruce to kill him – Bruce talks the trigger right out of Rick. He tells him that he should not feel guilty – and that it wasn’t his fault. (Which totally isn’t true! It is most certainly his fault!) but Rick apologizes and they leave the cave together in a victory.
We WON! What do we get?
Like I said, Parker has done a great job of filling in the obvious gaps in Loeb’s brainless story – but here it just falls a little flat. That combines with the art – especially that horrible cover art by JRJR – this issue gets a C
You would not believe how freakin’ busy I am – hardly have time to even leave this post – I will absolutely post my review of Red Hulk #3 and finish off the Leader month – no worries – just bear with me here! Click on the image above for a cool little website – that featured this WWH doodle!