There are characters that die in comics – some of the deaths were so meaningful and so perfect that you hope they don’t ruin it by bringing them back… but they always do (Betty comes to mind – so does the Green Goblin). But then there are deaths that you feel robbed and can’t wait for their inevitable return… and that’s where Abomination’s death falls.
I do wish Marvel would make death mean something again. At this point a character dies and you just roll your eyes, knowing that said character will return at some point later. But Pak – as usual – isn’t just bringing Abomination back – he’s tieing it into the big event going on at Marvel! I admit – I don’t read many other Marvel books… or ANY other Marvel books – other than Red’s series. And, I only read that because Banner’s part of it… although it is better these days!
Now, Death is banished – making it impossible for people to die. Not to mention that demons are crawling the Earth! At least that’s what the Hulk Family finds when they return home. That and of course the Abomination, ready to strike! Abomination is looking for Marlo – but no one says a word about her whereabouts. Abomination takes their silence out in violence – slashing the Hulk’s throat and literally ripping the armor off of A-Bomb’s body!
I have to admit – that last part made me laugh and cringe! A feat that not many writers, Pak is in the rare company, can make me do. Strange has asked the Hulk for help – Hulk says he will help, as he always does, but not for Strange. Hulk is still bitter for being sent into space – and even worse is when Hulk returned, Strange tried to defeat Hulk by channeling ZOM. And at the end of #618 – as Rick tells Hulk where Marlo is – Strange reveals that he is ZOM!
Marlo had once channeled Death – and she still has a tinge of Death inside of her – which is why Abomination and ZOM are looking for her. Now that they know where she is they destroy the stone ship and take off to get her. Hulk transforms back into Banner and has Korg and Skaar collecting enough of the ship to teleport the Hulk family to where Marlo is – meanwhile Rick calls Marlo to see if she’s alright. Marlo tells Rick that she is alive – but freaking out because dead people are following her!
Rick tells her about the tinge of Death inside of her – and she remembers – but oddly, it doesn’t make her feel any better. The Hulk family arrives and gets ready for Strange and Abomination’s arrival. They get busy building a place to protect Marlo – but then Marlo has an idea…
She brings back some friends from the dead starting with Samson. Jarella, Talbot and Hiroim The Oldstrong of the Warbound also come back – and when Zom and Abomination come back – they are actually put on the rails by the Hulks and their new once deceased allies! Just when they think they are winning – Abomination gets an idea – seeing all the dead people around gives him an idea to also resurrect Mama Banner… followed closely by Papa Banner… and oddly NO ONE is happy to see him!
I think Pak has weaved such a great tale here – I can’t wait for the next issue! I would like some confirmation on Talbot though… what happened exactly? First he was thought to be an LMD – then Cho said he wasn’t – then Red Hulk ripped his head off proving he was – WTF? I know we’re dealing with Loeb’s writing – but a little consistency would have been nice! Let’s see if they deal with this. Overall though – the issues have been stellar! Be sure to pick them up! Grade: A