Thank goodness Marvel has eliminated the horrendous Aaron run after a little over a year. There wasn’t much more I could take… and I would have been forced to drop the Hulk book for the first time in 20 years. Now Waid has come to the rescue! What a wonderful feeling to read a Hulk comic and actually be excited to see what’s to come! Before I get too much into that though – I need to address something…
Early on in the issue Banner says he realizes that there is no “cure” for the Hulk. The latest Hulk scribes seem to forget all the times that Banner has actually been cured of the Hulk! Why? You should be forced to know your Hulk lore before taking the reigns on the title. I also think it’s funny that Waid writes that Banner realizes their is no cure right after Aaron wrote an entire arc about Banner collecting these ridiculous trinkets and magical items to create a cure for the Hulk. Funny how Waid even gives the middle finger to Aaron’s run without really doing so at all!
As far as the issue itself goes – it’s a really interesting start! The Hulk now works for SHEILD? Yeah, that works for me – especially if he is used as a weapon – one of the most powerful and deadliest weapons around! Waid has certainly started things off with a real bang – he didn’t even wait (like so many others have) to give us some great action – and not some arbitrary “killing a big prehistoric whale” kind of action. I’ve been burned before with interesting starts (screw you Aaron) but I trust Waid to deliver a exceptional new era of Hulk.
Variants this time around are plentiful (again). We have the regular cover, a Skottie Young – who, in my opinion, should do variants for every comic ever, a 1:25 Leinel Yu cover, a 1:50 Walter Simonson cover (which is the least impressive), a 1:100 Quesada cover – and the even rarer 1:150 colorless Quesada cover. I do know there is a Phantom Variant – as well as the blank cover. My LCS said they did not receive those yet – but will be getting them in next week. I will be picking mine up then.
Grade for 1st issue: A-