Is it over? Is it really over? Aaron’s run has ended! I know there are quite a few fans of Aaron’s – and amazingly I have read and heard an overwhelmingly that even the fans of his have either stopped reading this series or just think Aaron was not well equipped (mythology wise) to tackle such a complex character like the Hulk. What could have been one of the most talked about series of the year (thanks to the Avengers) was an incoherent and inconsistent read that drained of readers faster than the Red Hulk series once his identity was known.
The final issue wraps up the Aaron story pretty neatly with out really answering anything. It’s almost like he went to Loeb for advice on how to write the Hulk! “All you have to do” Jeph would say “is tell the artist to make pretty pictures and your book will sell.” Aaron, looking panicked, would ask back “What if I don’t have McGuiness drawing my Hulk book? What if they actually read my stories?” After a moment of reflective thought Loeb would respond with “You’re screwed. I’ll see what I can do about getting Ed to draw the final issue cover for you.”
Over at SF, a member named Risingstar made such an excellent point that I asked him to include it here on this site. He said “”It is very hard to write the Hulk because unlike any other character in any comics universe, the Hulk is in a constant state of evolution. This is a character the writer really needs to know. He isn’t like Cap, Spidey, or Batman who pretty much essentially stay the same regardless who comes on board. This is what makes the Hulk really interesting in that he is perhaps the most complex character ever written where every writer gets to add something new. However, if the writer is a hack or has little knowledge of the lore, he’ll fall flat really fast.”
He makes a great point – because Aaron has written some great runs with characters like Punisher, Wolverine and Ghost Rider – but he really came up against a wall with the Hulk. This single issue is pretty much everything you’d expect and follows suit with the rest of the series – Grade: F / Series: F