The Incredible Hulks #625 (2011) – The Review

TIHs #625

So, Planet Savage – aka Miek’s revenge – wraps up in this issue.  Thank goodness… sorry but I was not a fan of this storyline.  Every story arc now seems rushed as they wrap up in a quick 3 issues.  I remember back in the day of Bruce Jones all the storylines were 6 issues long because that was the size of collected trades.  Now they seem to put less in the books – Marvel’s seems to be trying to find a balance of just how little they can give the fans and just how much we will still pay for it.  I have to admit – I like the HC collections – but most of them that I get are more than 50% off.  I am still looking forward to Pak’s swan song after “The Spy who Smashed Me!”

The Hulk playing dress up...

The issue begins with everyone still looking for the Hulk and the bugs attacking the Sakaarians.  The Hulks are able to take care of them – but Korg comes running out of the jungle – running from the Hulk!  The Hulk is being controlled by Miek and he starts beating on everyone.  But Miek comes along to explain things.  After WWH, inside the human’s prison, Miek changed genders and began to lay eggs.  None of the babies were strong enough to survive though, even in the Savage Land where Miek was using the Red People as hosts, the babies were not strong enough to survive.

Hulk turning on Miek

Until the Hulk – the Hulk is strong enough to host Miek’s babies – but the Hulk is, after all, the Hulk and he turns on Miek.  Smashes him right into the side of a volcano!  But that’s not the end of our old friend, oh no – then the Hulk decides to rip the babies right out of his chest and crush them right before him!  But it is Skaar who saves them.  Skaar who wants to help the babies continue to get stronger.

This is how the Hulk gets rid of heartburn!

Miek sees the opportunity to get rid of the Hulk AND have a strong host!  He tries to chem with Skaar but the Hulk puts a stop to that – and his writing career – by severing his arm.  He hits him across the Savage Land and then, ultimately, even after trying to help him, Miek falls into a deep cavern.  The Hulk returns to see Skaar with Miek’s babies walking away on his own.  And the Hulk decides it’s finally time to set his team free as well.  End of The Incredible Hulks.

The soft and squishy babies...

Good issue, like I said before, happy to be at the end of this particular storyline – now on the next!  Grade: C+

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10 responses to “The Incredible Hulks #625 (2011) – The Review

  1. Just bad. Ac Ross the Bored. Kind of sick actually.

  2. I’m gald it’s over. How is it that Miek can survive these huge impacts from the Hulk? You would think he was fighting Superman, such BS. Hulk is really losing his credibility when it comes to him being the strongest one there is. I’m also NOT looking forward to OOHulk in the next ish. Speaking of trades there are so many other hard to find issues that can be collected in one vol instead of recycling the ish we justs seen. Here’s an Idea how about a collection of all the hard to find Hulk/Thor battles that fans want to see or the whole Defenders 2nd vol series. There’s just so much older stuff that should be in trade.

  3. A Hulk vs Thor trade of their best battles is a great idea! I wish Marvel would do more of those kind of trades!

  4. I agree with your take on Marvel’s storytelling Ratch. Those original red Hulk stories stretched on forever…and nothing really happened, and something like the battle against Zues’s gods that could have been done in 2 really cool, detailed issues got dismissively rushed through the better part of one. Seems they are diametrically opposed to in depth, interesting writing. I personnaly have blamed the big Q for this over the last few years. Hopefully this changes soon. We’ll see.
    Later,
    T

  5. Hated this ish-story rushed,art work looked rushed-just not happy with the title lately ,hope things pick-up and get better-I won’t leave the book-but won’t look as forward to picking up the newest issue,Pak is really letting me down.

  6. I do agree that the art was a let down. Not happy with it at all!

  7. I haven’t picked up this issue yet but I have been disappointed with the story overall. I usually like Eaglesham’s art but it isn’t quite right for the Hulk. Could be that the art has been rushed and / or could use a different inker.
    It’s a shame because I usually love a trip to the Savage Land hence the
    Gog avatar. I also don’t think Miek is a good villain and certain aspects of the story have been rather creepy.
    I have high hopes for Pak’s final story. Hopefully he can restore some dignity to the Wendigo that Loeb stripped away. I just hope he also restores Bi- Beast’s stature as well.

  8. Will I ever look back on the Incredibles fondly? I don’t think so. I did read a recent article in which Pak was interviewed, an he made great point about Pelletier’s art, on the subject of the facial expressions he portrays. What struck me the most was when Skaar confronted reborn Hulk to reveal how Caeira perished yet again. Ron Lim, also impresses, and seems to improve with all of his illustration, referring especially to the first (dumb) Hulk Skaar showdown, (tho Hulk did not seem that dumb in the first part of the battle.)

    God, ( I mean Thor!) I hate Betty. All the Ross’ for their lame manners. I miss Caeira, and she is not even my fictional gf. Why doesn’t Hulk? Alright. Gonna cry.

  9. is there going 2 be a hulk and skaar seption in there own issue series like spin offs

  10. I’m a little bothered by how easily Hulk/Bruce let Skaar leave. Pak spent so much time building up the Bruce/Skaar father son dynamic, I find it hard to believe they would separate so easily. Probably part of the rushed stories syndrome.

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