So, we have the Red Hulk series which has improved a lot since Parker took over – but the sales are in a steep decline. What does that tell us? People like flash over substance. It’s too bad – it’s like people wanted to be treated like idiots. Pandered to like a group os 5th graders. (Just to let you know – The Incredible Hulks are also bleeding readers like it’s going out of style)
Here comes Thor to save the day!
Now, let’s get to this issue. Red’s about to be sucked into a black hole. And the Watcher is there and can do nothing but watch Red get sucked into it. For some reason as Red does get sucked into the black hole he screams out his own name. I kid you not – he yells out “Ross!” I wonder if he does the same thing during sex? Red remembers his past – way back – but just as he reaches the black hole Thor comes out of nowhere and saves him. Back on Earth Banner wonders where the back hole came from. He wonders if it was the Watcher’s way at getting back at Red for striking him. Then Thor has the best line ever:
Ross, back at the secret base, wonders when he can see Betty. Banner tells him that it’s not totally up to him. Ross’s face drops – realizing that it is Betty who doesn’t want to see him. He asks when the next “Scorched Earth” plan was going to happen and when he can get back out there. Sure enough it wasn’t too long…
The threat is... a huge eel?
Steve and Red head down under the sea, deep, into Namor’s territory. They tell the ruler what is happening and he is ready to jump into action. See, two forces are ready to collide – I can’t remember exactly – I am doing this from memory – but a water source and a heat source are about to meet and that’s bad news. Namor says he will handle the water threat – that turns out to be a huge eel powered by sound. Namor tries to destroy it but to no avail… Red gives him a way to destroy the eel – go inside and get the power source. Namor fails.
Red to the rescue!
Red comes out of nowhere and snags it instead – just as the heat is coming out of the sea walls! Red stops the lava seeping out as well. His thank you? Namor striking him as hard as he can ready to kill him for conspiring with Leader and MODOK to destroy the world. Dun Dun Duuuuuuhhhhhhn!
Namor's a little mad...
This is truly a fun series now – something even better is that Parker seems to throw Loeb’s ridiculous events back in his face. I did like this issue better than the last – I said the last seemed a bit too rushed. This issue was an improvement and I love me a good Namor fight! Grade: B
The Incredible Hulks #616
So, the big showdown is here! Hiro vs Hulk – Hiro vs Skaar! Can the Hulk’s new family really save the world? Can they stop K’ai from crashing into Earth and killing billions? Can they stop Hiro – someone who seems to revel in making others die? Can the Hulk really kill his son? The answer, surprisingly… and not so surprisingly… is yes. And no.
Hulk vs Hiro
Hiro vs Hulk
Let me explain – The Hulk is out to save his son – but realizes that he is a monster. He kills the children of K’ai and smiles while doing it. The Hulk tries to knock some sense into Hiro but Hiro returns by blasting him with the Old Power. Skaar wants to come and help fight his brother – but the Hulk denies his request – and continues to fight Hiro on his own. Meanwhile Korg, A-Bomb and Skaar are facing another threat… they have to direct the explosion, but now they also have to try to stop killing the thousands of K’ai people who have been brought to the site.
Hold it together Skaar!
Betty and Jen are facing their own issues. While searching for Hiro’s power they do come across another ally – Axeman Bone – who helps Jen and Betty find the Worldmind. In doing so they discover the Worldmind can also bring the people of K’ai back to life. Now, this is where Skaar takes over. Instead of directing the explosion Skaar tries to contain it. He also stops the planet from hitting Earth. Litterally STOPS the entire planet! He tells his father that he wants to help face his brother – but he’s also not able to hold the Oldpower in and… well, BOOM!
No More Skaar!
Skaar is gone. In a rage, Hulk charges Hiro and has the moment to rid the universe of his son… but he still can’t do it. He even says he is too weak. He says “It’s up to you” Hiro asks “Me?” and Bruce emerges and answers back “No. Me.” He takes his Old Power Taser and blasts Hiro – which releases the Old Power. Hiro says it will now destroy them all – Bruce says that won’t happen – Hiro says it’s destiny. Bruce responds my saying there is no such thing as destiny – and from behind them Skaar returns saying “Don’t be so sure about that”
Banner takes over
So, the Hulk is too weak to stop his son -so he releases Banner? I know Pak has done a lot more for Banner’s personality than most other writers – made sure that readers know they are dealing with a more aggresive and caculating Banner – but is the Hulk really coming to grips enough to rely on Banner to do the dirty work? Something about that just doesn’t sit right with me. The issue itself wasn’t bad – but I am looking more for some classic Hulk tales – to rid himself from this “family” of angry characters that he’s collected. Grade: C+
Don't Count Skaar Out!