Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Incredible Hulk #2 (2011) – The Review

Swallowing the Hulk... not in the dirty way...

I don’t think there has ever been another comic that takes a turn for the worst faster than this relaunch has.  The first issue was somewhat intriguing – and the following issue takes a dump on the fans.  Amazingly, in EVERY SINGLE ASPECT of comics in general!  Let’s break it down:

Deodato Variant

Art: The cover is misleading as it says Silvestri when in fact pencils and inks were done on this book by – ready for this – 10 different artists.  10!  Double digits!  That’s a belly-aching amount of doughnuts (I know from experience) let alone artists on a single book!  So, let me get this straight, Silvestri, who isn’t even staying on for 3 whole issues, can’t complete these issues on his own.  He has to call in a whole team to do his job.  What does that add up to?  Only a terrible looking, mish-mosh of pages cobbled together.

Red She Hulk...

Story: Yeah, the story WAS interesting but also walked a very fine line of either glory… or falling into an abyss that shows off the writers inability to tackle such a complex character like the Hulk.  Aaron, has fallen – and fallen hard.  I could buy Banner as a bad guy – especially if written the way Pak did, where Banner was doing what he did for what he thought was the greater good – much like how the best villains are written.  But Aaron makes Banner into a raving loony.  Plain and simple – and that’s just boring as hell to read.

Boy - Silvestri's style sure changes page to page!

Price: Do I really need to say anything here?  $3.99 for a less than mediocre 20-page comic?  We’re getting ripped off – by at least $4

1:200 Colorless Cover Variant

Variants: I know I have pretty harsh thus far – so let me just say the one nice thing I can about this issue – it has, hands down, one of the coolest variant covers EVER.  Deodato makes you wish for his days back on the book in one simple homage to Iron Man #128.  Now that that has been said – the rest is all downhill… again.  See, there are 2 variants for this issue.  The 1:50 Deodato – and the colorless 1:200 cover.  Are you freaking kidding me??!?!?  I felt ripped off when issue #1’s “rare” variant was the colorless cover (I know that Marvel calls them sketch covers – but let’s be honest here – they are regular covers without color.  That’s it.) but now I was not only insulted – but actually angered enough to ask my LCS to no longer pull any “sketch” covers for me.  Not only are the covers unimpressive – but the colorless covers make the image that much more boring.

Two rarest covers thus far... how... unimpressive.

Overall Grade: F.  Is F the lowest I can give this issue?  Is F- a real thing?  I don’t think so – but I am giving it a F- anyways.

Best Issue… EVER?

Check out this blog – and this fans ultimate Hulk issue.  It begs the question, what issue do you consider to be the best issue of the Hulk – only choose one issue – not a whole storyline – but a single issue.  Which one is it?

For me, of course, it’s TIH #165.  But you all knew that. 🙂

No worries guys, I will be posting my thoughts on TIH #2 very soon.  Probably Friday.

Classic Hulk Ad

Who remembers this one?

Check this out!

I won’t let me copy the pic – so follow the link:

McGuinness coming to Boston Comic Con in April!

This is great news!  I will be working on doing quite a few things at the Comic Con this year – and as every year, would LOVE to meet up with some other people there – if you plan on going, let me know!

Hulk vs Wolverine – Through the Years

Who wants to play roshambo?

The Wolverine were the ads for issue #181!

Wolverine Ad

It’s funny, to me anyways, that this battle is a “fan favorite”.  It seems like such an easy, lopsided fight for the Hulk to win!  Heck, in their original meeting all the Hulk had to do was be able to get his hands on him just once and the fight was practically over.  Even the Canadian government that sent Wolverine out there said he failed his mission!  So, how did this “loser” become so popular?

It's Hulkverine

Alright, I admit – I actually like Wolverine.  A lot.  But I think I am one of the few who roll their eyes at a promise to see a new Hulk/Wolvie battle royale.  What else is there to see?  Every time they meet up the same inevitable outcome is reached.  And that is that Wolverine cannot beat the Hulk – on his best day – or the Hulk’s worst.  Granted, the first encounter had a very different Wolverine than the one we see today.  The Hulk breaks Wolvie’s ribs – or so he admits – giving us the assumption that his bones are not laced with adamantium.  His healing factor is also a mystery as he seems to be able to take a bit of punishment – but is easily knocked out by gas.  Hulk also dispatched Wolverine ala a knock to the noggin like they are rehearsing a 3 Stooges bit.  Not to mention, Wolvie’s claws (which originally were going to be part of his gloves and NOT part of his anatomy.  I’m going on record saying that would have been one of the biggest blunders in Marvel history – so kudos to them for changing their tune) can’t even pierce the Hulk’s skin.  I miss this Wolverine.  Today’s incarnation has survived a nuke at ground zero.  What’s the fun in a character who seemingly can’t die?  And how is Marvel going to milk more cash out of us with a poly-bagged “Death” issue when we’ve seen Wolverine come back from being dust?

Wolverine flashes back to their first encounter...

Of course, the Hulk isn’t any slouch in the “change and adapt” category either.  The Hulk from ’74 would get his butt whopped by the current Hulk.  The ’74 Hulk doesn’t know loss, betrayal and anger the way the Hulk of today does.  So does Wolvie (the super, unkillable one of today) stand a chance against the Hulk of today?  Well, if we look at the WWH X-Men mini – then no.  Let me compile a small list of the Wolvie vs Hulk issues and go through some of the best and worst moments.

The First Battle!

The Incredible Hulk #181 – Of course, as I said, the character was not fully formed but his introduction did make it apparent he wasn’t a character that will shy away from a fight – even one he can’t win.  This fight sticks with Wolverine so much he never forgets it – or the Hulk!  He even flashes back to the fight when Wedigo comes a calling in Uncanny X-Men #139.

Remember the good old days when Wolvie was defeated by a knock to the noggin'!

Best Moment: The Hulk and Wolvie take on Wendigo together – and Hulk thinks Wolvie is his friend… until Wolverine turns around and starts slashing away at our emerald hero – showing that the Canuck is not afraid to take a cheap shot!

TIH #340

The Incredible Hulk #340 – one of the great behind the scenes moments from this issue is that PD admits to having to plead with the X-Offices to let him use Logan.  At that point no one was allowed to use any of the X-Men is guest shots – but PD finally persuaded them all because McFarlane REALLY wanted to take a shot in drawing Wolverine!  All of this to bring one of the greatest comic covers to light ever!

It's just a flesh wound!

Best Moment: After Wolvie loses control and dishes out the pain – the Hulk gets back up and asks for more!

Incredible Hulk #454

The Incredible Hulk #454 – Banner-less Hulk is facing off against metal-less Wolverine.  Hulk is weakened without his alter ego – but Wolverine has no adamantium.  Wolvie never stand a chance.

What are those, bone? LOVE IT!

Best Moment: After Wolvie slashes the Hulk’s throat the Hulk realizes there is no metal to be heard of… and the gloves come off.

Hulk #8

Hulk #8 – Larsen pens another bout with ole’ bone claws against the raging muscles.  Of course this issue (which David reviewed on this very site!) actually has a Wolverine Skrull facing off against the Hulk.  But it’s still an action filled issue that’s worth the pick up!

And... no more pig stickers!

Best moment: Tit for Tat – Wolverine pokes the Hulk’s eyes out – Hulk snaps his claws off.  Awesome!

Marvel Fanfare! The Trio is back!

Marvel Fanfare #2 (Second Volume) – This is a weak issue to begin with but I do think it’s worth checking out if only to see Wendigo the size of a teddy-bear.  It’s another brutal fight between the Engine of Destruction and the Pint-Sized Foreigner where the Hulk actually teaches Wolvie something about self control.

And Wolvie goes berserk!

Best Moment: The Hulk stands there after taking blow after blow from Wolverine’s claws – but even bloody and injured – he remains in control and tells Wolverine he needs to find a way to control his anger.

Infintiy Gaunlet #3 – While the madness of stopping Thanos is taking over everyone’s thoughts there is a quick scene between the hairy midget and Jade with the fade (haircut) where they express some mutual respect.

Best Moment: This is such a short part – but I love it when Hulk refers to their bouts as “Down and Dirty Scraps”

The Inspiration for the new Fixit Bowen statue coming soon!

Wolverine #7/8 – Wolverine is going by Patch, Hulk is going by Joe Fixit, and they meet at a cross roads.  Amazingly, Claremont makes a slight blunder here – Wolverine mentions knowing who Fixit is by his fighting style and scent – even though he’s grey instead of green.  But the last time the two met the Hulk was already grey.  Besides that the issue dishes out some great action – most of it not being between Wolvie and Hulk, although, there is sweet chin music laid on Patch after he sort of threatens Fixit.

Purple does not go with grey! It's tacky!

Best Moment: I love the bit where Wolverine replaces all of Fixit’s suits with purple pants.

Wolverine #28 - 2nd Print Cover

Wolverine Origins #28 – Here Deodato takes a moment to flex his pencils and recreates the Hulk and Wolverine’s first battle.  This issue really shows how Deodato has grown as an artist – every page is amazing!  The above cover is the 2nd print.


Best Moment: I do like how they tied it all together in the end and had Prof. X on the helicopter that picks Wolvie up.  Perfect issue!

Wolverine #50

Wolverine #50 – This recounts the original meeting between the two but the amazing art by McG is totally worth the cover price!  This bloody battle is even colored the good old fashion way with pixellated color dots.

Breast or Thigh?

Best Moment: Ed’s pencils giving homage to that most excellent dividing of Wolverine!  Even better then the original!

The Adventures of the X-Men #1

The Adventures of the X-Men #1-2 – This is probably my least favorite battle – mainly because Hulk never gets a chance to really stick it to Wolverine.  Wolverine actually is winning most of the time – before the other X-Men come and stop the two.

Throwing a curve ball!

Best Moment: I can’t even give you a best moment – in the 4 page battle nothing of consequence really happens to either of them.

Wolverine/Hulk: Six Hours – This story has it all!  A poisonous snake,  a sick boy, The Shredder!  (No, not the one from TMNT – but a deformed assassin instead – who has tangled with Wolverine in the past).

Best Moment: It’s not the Hulk – but Banner instead who lays out Wolverine with a fist to the ole’ money maker.

Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk – Granted this storyline took almost a decade to finally be released but it still lives on in infamy – not only for the delays but also some other controversial details, for instance; Hulk eats people.  This storyline also had the be-heading of Wolverine and had him live through it.

Best Moment: I don’t think anyone will EVER forget Wolverine being ripped in half.  Classic.

Hulk said NO Piggy-backs!

Over the years people still get giddy when they see that these two are going to dance the violent tango – again and again – but I still don’t see the big deal.  Wolverine is just not able to handle what the Hulk has to dish out and the best part is – he never WILL.  Here’s the real kicker though – Wolverine doesn’t care.  He will still go head first into this tussle and take a beating – but he will go down swinging.  Maybe that’s the endearing part of his character.  Maybe that’s why they like to see them fight.  People like to see if the underdogs can get one over on the goliaths.  Sort of like the Red Sox vs Yankees.  The Yankees are totally out matched and out classed by the Sox – but people still love to see them kick the dirt up.

Hehe – sorry, I couldn’t resist!  But one thing can be said about Wolvie – he has real interesting taste in “reading” material.

That old "reading the articles" excuse doesn't hide your erection....

In closing I thought it would be interesting to read the initial responses from Wolverine’s first appearance:

Marvel knew Wolvie was going to be a hit - right out of the gate

The fans were immediately excited to see this match up again – although, it would not come for some time!

Fan #1

And another:

Go Canada!

While I agree Wolverine has given us some great comic moments over the years – usually they don’t involve the Hulk!  The only real chance Logan ever really has against the Hulk… is when it’s not the Hulk at all!

You wish Wolvie!

MU Absorbing Man (2011)

Marvel Universe Absorbing Man

I have a few more MU to show off – when I get a chance to actually take a photo of them and post – but one interesting thing I noticed is that when they have announced a variant for a figure – like when they showed a clear variant for the Dr Strange figure – the variant is the first to show up in stores and the regular comes out later.  The other thing I noticed is that once the regular is released – good luck finding the variant in a store again!  Well, this rings true for this figure too – Absorbing Man!  The variant, which is a fully absorbed figure, is out now.  I’ve had it for a few weeks – but I still have not seen the regular out there yet.  I am not worried, as I know it will pop up eventually, but I was waiting to see if I could post them together!  Anyways, the variant is great – because, along with the figure that the Secret Wars 2-packs gave us, we can have ALL of the stages of the Absorbing Man – regular – mid-transforming – fully transformed!  Anyone else out there able to snag this – or the regular – yet?

Close Up!