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)
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…
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 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!
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