Monthly Archives: April 2010

Hulk Ice Pack (2009)

Hulk Ice Pack

Now, who would have thought about getting the Hulk to help you with your boo-boos?  Hulk is usually causing the hurt – not making it feel better!  But this is where it’s different – here we have a Hulk ice pack – a reusable Hulk ice pack!  The next time someone gets hurt I will run up and say – “Here, let the Hulk let the swelling go down!”  What is this magical green ooze that freezes and unfreezes encased inside this Hulk pack?  I don’t know, but I know it’s awesome!

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Savage She Hulks #2 (2010) – The Review

Savage She Hulks #2

First, we are taken back to the events of TIH #600 back when Samson and the Red Hulk and Jen Walters stuck around during the explosion of the lab.  We see how everyone survived – and then Lyra finally sets Jen free.  Jen, weak from the constant extraction of Gamma energy being taken from her.  Lyra tells She Hulk that she is there to help her – sent by Bruce Banner – and it concealed by the act of Banner blasting Lyra through three levels of the Hellicarrier.

Definition of Bitch-Slap!

Jen and Lyra talk about their “childhoods” and the origin – the myth and the reality.  Lyra tells Jen about her confrontation with her Mother – which Jen does not take very well or lightly.  She tells Lyra just how amazing Thundra really is.   And then the Red She Hulk comes in and ruins the party.  The emerald women take on the ruby lady – and Jen shows just what it means to be called a Hulk!  The Red She Hulk gets thrown out of the ship – but catches on before she falls out.  Jen tries to talk sense into her and tells her not to listen to the Leader or M.O.D.O.C.K. – and then they try to pull the Red She Hulk back into the ship – only to have her turn on them and throw them both out!

The best thing to come out of She Hulk's mouth ever... even if all the rumors are true!

Not a bad issue – will be interesting to see where the next issue brings us.  Plugged a few more holes in the sinking ship that is Loeb’s career – so that’s not too bad.  The art, this time around, didn’t impress me.  Grade: C+

So… May will be interesting…

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while.  I’ve wanted to do a contest for all the followers on here – but wasn’t sure what kind of contest to do.  Then I was thinking about this upcoming May… May is the month of my birthday.  I love May!  I am going to review some of my favorite issues ever in May – but more than that I had a great idea!  I am going to run a contest for whoever is interested – and here it is:

Since my birthday is in May, I want you to create a Birthday card – with a Hulk theme obviously – and send it to me.  That’s all you have to do to be in the running to win.  And what will you win?  You will win a Hulk care package filled with some issues, TPB, figures – the works!  And all you have to do is know how to draw – or cut and paste – or make pretty pictures with your computer!  This will be fun!  Whoever wants to – and I would be honored!  I will post every card I receive on this site – and you guys can vote on which you think is the best!

Here are the simple rules: 1) You must send a physical card – no e-cards or digital copied will be allowed.  If you create the card using a computer you must print a copy out and send it.  2) The card MUST be Hulk themed.  3) Send the card to Ratchet’s Hulk Collection, 35 Hood Dr, Plymouth MA 02360. 4)  All cards must be postmarked by my birthday – May 28th – we will choose the winner at the end of the month.

And that’s it!  Anyone can enter – anyone may win!  Hope you guys have fun with it!  I will look forward to seeing what you guys come up with!

My First CGC Comic!

Wolverine #66: Old Man Logan - Dynamic Forces Variant

I have been wanting to check out some CGC comics for a while now.  I really want a #165 9.8 (or better) copy.  But in my travels I really didn’t find anything worth picking up – either the grade was too low, the book wasn’t one of my favorites or people were asking too much for a nothing issue.  Well, I went into Salem, MA the other day and walked into Harrison’s Comics and saw this – a 9.8 graded copy of Wolverine #66 – the start of Old Man Logan.  An issue I had yet to acquire – and this was a beautiful copy!

9.8 - NM/M Comic

I believe they were asking too much – and even tried to haggle them down a bit – but ultimately they didn’t budge and I still went for it.  I really struggled with whether or not to purchase – but in the end I did, mainly because this is a Herb Trimpe cover.  Seriously, that’s why I did it in the end.  I respect and admire Trimpe’s work that much I decided it was worth the money.

Herb Trimpe - A True Classic!

At the Movies – Says “Hulk” is Underrated!

This show, made famous by Siskel and Ebert, who now has 2 different guests (I didn’t care enough to catch their names), started a new feature this week called Over/Under – where they discuss movies that are overrated and, subsequently, underrated.  They started with Superhero movies – and both the 2003 “Hulk” and 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” landed on the underrated list.  Particularly the 2003 Hulk.  Overrated – well, that one went to “The Dark Knight”

World War Hulks Classified (2010) – The Review

World War Hulks: Classified

Yes, I know, this came out last week – I just got around to reading it.  It’s filled with a few short stories that I will briefly cover and then give a grade to all 6 stories.  First up…

“Game Face” – Jeff Parker wrote this quirky A-Bomb story about Rick and Marlo breaking up.  Rick is worried about Marlo’s safety, recounting a lot of went on in the history of the Hulk and how Betty finally died.  Interesting story with a great use of A-Bomb.  Grade: B

A-Bomb with Marlo

“Nobody Dies Forever” – Harrison Wilcox recounts when Bucky Cap, who had a slight case of amnesia, was working for the Gremlin and the Russians who had captured Talbot.  Bucky tortures Talbot for weeks – only for Talbot to remind Bucky of who he really is.  Bucky then helps Talbot escape.  Pretty quick but fun story – Grade: B+

“RAM” – Scott Reed spins a tale about Glen and Betty and their old, new relationship.  Also Talbot is asked to install a “fail safe” in the robot Hulk.  He does – but not before the Hulk comes to life and causes all sorts of damage.  But Talbot wins in the end – both by taking the robot Hulk out AND getting the girl.  Grade: B-

Talbot and Betty - faced with the Hulk! ...sort of

“Heroic Efforts” – Paul Tobin writes a Doc Samson tale about how he promised a man named Bill to help out with one of the Leader and M.O.D.O.C.K.’s experiments.  Samson told him he would be a hero – but instead he was made into a monster – one that was pissed at Samson.  As they fight Samson recounts his fights with the Hulk and says that he lost every one because he thought too much instead of just fighting.  So he just fights this time – and kills Bill.  Grade: B+

Robot Hulk - not as easy to take down!

“Object of Desire” – Harrison Wilcox comes back to write this Red She Hulk story. It seems like just about everyone wants a piece of her – and I don’t mean fighting her!  The Leader, Samson – they all hit on her!  But all she cares about is finding the one person she thought she had killed – Jen Walters – the real She Hulk!  But even after finding her – she can’t do much – because the Leader and the Intelligencia still know how to take her down.  And they still need to “use” her.  Grade: C+

The Red She Hulk rejects the Leader's advances...

“Stupid Champagne Room!” – Another Jeff Parker tale – this one showing how Deadpool becomes Hulkpool and meets up with Bob – sort of a precursor to Hulked out Heroes.  Stupid.  Grade: F

Overall – this is definitely an issue to pick and read – most of the stories are very enjoyable.  Now go get it!  It’s been out for a couple weeks now!

Marvel’s Greatest Comics – Hulk #1 (2010)

Marvel's Greatest Comics?

Really?  Don’t you think it’s a little early to consider this one of the greatest comics that your company puts out?  Yeah – it sold a whole bunch – but sales doesn’t equate greatness.  Time will tell just how memorable this series will be – and I will hedge bets that Loeb will cringe when handed these issues to sign at conventions.  People will say “Will you sign my Hulk #1” and he will respond with “Ugh.  This crap?  I was way too drunk when I wrote this…” and then he will trail off into a story about how he once danced on a bar in a pink tutu for bikers who told him to dance or swallow.  And then he will just start to cry…