Daily Archives: July 20, 2010

A Conversation with Ratchet

This is an actual conversation I had with Ratchet the other day.  I thought it was interesting enough to recount here for you guys.

Me:
How come you hate Loeb so much?

Ratchet:
Hate Loeb? I don’t hate Loeb. I hate his writing on the Hulk. It’s like he has taken years of continuity and just threw it right out the window. I hate writers who don’t seem to do the simpilest of research to find out about the character they are writing for. Granted, the Hulk isn’t as easy as, say, Spiderman. The Hulk’s history is filled with a variety of intricate personalities all with their own little distinct traits. One of the things that bothered me the most is when he brought Fixit back for no reason. It was an obvious attempt to sell more books to people who remember that persona fondly but Loeb didn’t even bother reading up on that character. Fixit says “Vegas”. He never said Vegas, it was always Las Vegas to him. Little things like that count to real fans.

Me:
Did he do anything right?

Ratchet:
Sadly, very little. This is all my opinion, of course, but if you read any of those stories in the series, especially the Defenders vs Offenders storyline it’s apparent he was making the Red Hulk’s power up as he was going. Not to mention the whole storyline! The Red Hulk thought he killed the Hulk in those issues, but later MODOK yelled at him when he absorbed all of the Hulk’s energy. It’s just that every issue there was something new to question and we never got any real answers. The Red Hulk was a really cool idea, I will admit it, but man was the execution poor. It sold a lot so they thought that they were doing a great thing when in reality the best way to measure success is to see if it stands the test of time. The Red Hulk series reminds me a lot of the Bruce Jones run. Nothing there stood the test of time.

Me:
What was wrong with the Bruce Jones run? I loved that whole run!

Ratchet:
As far as the stories go, they are fine, but as Hulk stories… not so much. As you’ve noticed, everything in the Jones run has been forgotten out of continuity. It sold like crazy but now when people talk about it, it’s hardly ever positive.

Me:
Has it really all been left out of continuity?

Ratchet:
Has Samson ever mentioned his son again? And even this most recent revival of Betty, it started when the she was poisoned with no mention of anything from her scenes in the Jones run. I’ll admit I haven’t read it in a while, but what I do remember is thinking “Has this guy ever read a Hulk comic before?” And then I got my answer. In an article he admitted that he took the job not knowing how to even write the Hulk. So, then he just left him out of the book. That’s ridiculous to me! As a whole, the mystery angle was cool but honestly, it wasn’t a Hulk book anymore. Do you know that Peter David’s “Tempest Fugit” was basically a quick fix to the Jones mess that he made of the book? In a way it served to get rid of the years of comics that Jones wrote. I mean, as a writer, how does it feel to write a comic and then have everything you wrote erased and gone from history? It must suck. But, I hope that it happens to the Red Hulk. I hope it’s all a bad dream and Ross wakes up and there is no Red Hulk anymore. Or at least I hope Parker (the new writer at issue #25) will make some worthwhile stories and the character worth every one’s time.

Me:
Well, (As I was about to ask a question Ratchet started up again)

Ratchet:
You know what really gets me? I hated reading the interviews the the 3 Hulk writers, Pak, Loeb, Parker, where they all kissed each other’s butts. I wanted to hear Pak admit that he could write those two under the table, at least when it comes to the Hulk, that he knows more about the Hulk and therefore is a better writer because of that. But, whatever, they all worked for Marvel so I understand. Man, Loeb gets a promotion for writing crap. He writes so many of the Marvel books they should really consider renaming the company. Maybe “Quesad-oeb”. It hardly resembles Marvel anymore. The Hulk stories are so far out of whack these days.

Me:
You don’t like Pak’s new stuff?

Ratchet:
I think Pak’s new stuff is as best as it can be when it’s constrained by having to match it up with Loeb’s plotting on the other Hulk book. There should be one Hulk book, or at least one Hulk. One. They don’t even have a good name for this character. Marvel calls him the Red Hulk, the stupid call him”Rulk”, cause that name sounds real good (said with a healthy dose of sarcasm) and I refer to him lovingly as the Crimson Idiot. He doesn’t even have a real name! At this point I guess they can now call him Ross but at least that’s better than Rulk.

Me:
I am totally going to post this on your site

Ratchet:
What?

Me:
This whole conversation.

Ratchet:
Go for it.

Me:
Unless you want to?

Ratchet:
No, not yet. My first post back will be that! (He said this pointing at one of the coolest items in his Hulk room) You’ve only done one post! Are you already done?

Me:
No! No, I even have the next issue all ready to post! I’m having fun!

Ratchet:
Post whatever you’d like. It’s your blog right now.

Me:
Can I review a Deadpool comic?

Ratchet:
Is the Hulk in it?

Me:
No.

Ratchet:
Then no!

Me:
I know, I’m just kidding! But I am going to take this and review it (I say this taking the second volume of Jones’ Hard Covers)

Ratchet:
Go for it.

With that I left the Hulk room and Ratchet’s house. Off to do some reading. I have a great issue up next. I’ll post it Friday. Later – David.