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.
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.
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!
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”
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+