Guess who’s back? Back again? Hulk is back… tell a friend… and all I can say is thank freakin’ goodness they got Pak to come back and write this! The only man able to take the drivel Loeb has been shoveling our way and making it sweet as hell! This whole story is almost like every other Marvel story – except just the opposite. And by that I mean, this was a crap story, until the end, which has completely rocked! It’s interesting, fun and ties into everything else – unlike anything Loeb has done thus far… and bonus – it has a JRJR that I actually love!
This stellar issue starts with Bruce crying over spilled Betty blood as Betty recounts how the Leader made her into the Red She Hulk. While everyone is ready for her to die – including Betty herself – Samson comes out of the woodwork to save her… by making her angry and making her change. Betty – now the Red She Hulk starts beating Samson to a pulp. And then Cho shows up – looking like the Gremlin on steroids – changed, like all the heroes, by the Leader and M.O.D.O.K.’s ray – except, now Cho – who was one of the 8 smartest men in the world – is now THE smartest.
As Reed, Pym, McCoy and T’Challa all work on reverting the Hulked out Heroes back to normal the Leader and M.O.D.O.K. show up and release some of Leader’s Humanoids. Only, with Cho on Bruce’s side, they don’t last very long. Bruce beats on the Leader – and is even ready to kill him – but gets distracted and the Leader has the chance he needs to escape. M.O.D.O.K., on the other hand, is facing off against Cho – who is now so bad ass he actually transforms the giant head into human form!
Now, with Samson’s help, Bruce begins to take the gamma energy out of the heroes – and so that the machine doesn’t explode before it finishes – Bruce starts to absorb the excess… and radiating himself into his former green glory! The machine begins to take on too much energy and in a final bid to show that he was always a hero, Samson steps in. His energy is siphoned off so much – he is actually burnt to a crisp – only having enough time to tell Bruce how he’s always believed in him – and so has Betty. Reed worries about what the Hulk will do once he’s released – but Cho reminds him, that’s what Bruce has been training Skaar to deal with all this time.
And then it happens. The machine explodes – the Hellcarrier is destroyed – the world is saved – and the Hulk is back! Much to the delight of Skaar, who raises his sword and says “Finally.”
This issue couldn’t be any better – with a huge brawl set for the next issue – it should be even more fantastic! I can’t wait! Grade: A+