Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy New Year! And a PD Update

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Let’s have a fantastic 2013!  If you click on the image of the Face-Off Hulk beating the other action figures in a battle royal to the bitter end – then you will get an update on how PD is doing!

Hulk News Monday…

Not trying to start the new year off on a somber note – but PD suffered a stroke – lost the use of the right side of his body.  Let’s wish him a speedy recovery and let him know we are thinking of him!

“Catching Up With” Wednesday!

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Part of my new design – the reviews will now be called “Catching Up With” – They may not always fall on Wednesdays – but it will be a few different series as I have picked up and dropped a few different titles.  For example, I dropped the Red Hulk series when it became Red She Hulk, and this has nothing to do with the writer, Parker is still one of the better writers writing funny books these days, I just have no interest in reading about that character.  Hulk has joined the Avengers – so of course that is now on my pull list – and I have even given the new Thunderbolts series a chance.  The Red Hulk has joined that team (I think it’s hilarious that Thunderbolt Ross now leads the Thunderbolts) and the line up looks interesting enough for me to check it out – even if Deadpool, who is still considered the worst character ever created, in my opinion, is on the team.  But let’s “Catch up”!

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First Up is the second installment of the Waid’s Indestructible Hulk.  Stan Lee once said that when Marvel had heroes fight each other the writers intentionally had the battles interrupted or had the heroes dead locked so that there was no clear winner.  That way fan boys would be able to argue over who actually won the fight and be clamoring for another match up, this time with a clear winner.  Of course, in the early days, they never got their wish.  But now, with comic readers being older, and writers aiming the story lines toward an aging demographic, they give us a bit more concrete and literal winners and losers.

That being said, Indestructible Hulk #2 (W: Waid, I: Yu, $3.99) has an old timey feel of two battling heroes.  While Hulk is obviously more powerful, Iron Man has enough gadgets and tricks up his sleeve to make the fight more than a mere beat down.  This time around, the Hulk takes Stark to a desolate mountain top to work out his anger issues from everything in the past.  For which infraction we are not too sure but take your pick… (I still say Stark never accurately paid for shooting Hulk into space).  There are some great moments in this issue and some  funny ones too.  I have liked Waid’s writing in the past and this series still has me on board for more, unlike, if you can recall, Aaron’s try which lost me at issue #2.  Grade: B+

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I will admit I have not read the Avengers in a while.  I haven’t really has a desire to – but with this new creative team (and the Hulk on the roster) I have now picked up the series.  So far I am pleasantly surprised with what is going on in Avengers # 1 & 2 (W: Hickman, I: Opena, $3.99).  I am even more surprised that I don’t hate the obvious “new” line-up inspired by the very successful movie.  Hulk is used as the heavyweight pawn pretty early on – a trick that has been used many times over but still works well here as he is used to take Thor out (TAKE THAT THOR FANS!)  The big baddie, Ex Nihilo, is scary enough to not know what will happen as he calmly plays with the super teams attempts to disrupt his plans of evolution.  The first two issues have dealt with Cap and Iron Man collecting a bigger team of heroes together – a emergency team – of heroes in case anything dire is facing the planet.  Lucky for them – the Earth is in trouble… AGAIN! Grade: B+

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Now onto a team book I thought I would drop immediately but have found myself intrigued to continue buying past the initial outing.  I didn’t feel that the first issue of Thunderbolts #1 & 2 (W: Way, I: Dillon, #2.99) was a flat out fantastic, stellar, jaw dropper of an issue but I did like seeing Ross recruiting some of the seedy “heroes” for a team together.  Going back to Loeb’s horrible “Code Red” story line from his abysmal Hulk series where the Red Hulk collected some pawns to take out Domino for seeing something people should have figures out from issue 2 but due to Loeb’s horrible mis-leading writing didn’t come out until issue #24.  This list included some of the heavy’s here like Elektra, Punisher and Deadpool – I guess they couldn’t get Thundra and the Crimson Dynamo to join so they replaced them with Venom (who I am not even sure who he is anymore but I am sure I will find out) – the first issue mostly focused on Ross talking the Punisher into joining… and by talking I mean threatening.

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The second issue takes the team on the mission of taking down a tyrant but shows more and more of the team dynamic.  Ross lets the whole crew know he is in charge – but does not want to be called sir – and that everything is volunteer, so they can leave whenever they want.  Venom is a team player displaying team colors but is volatile at best when confronted.  Deadpool (who may be the sole reason for me dropping this title) is still annoying and useless.  This title will hopefully pick up more steam soon – other wise you won’t be seeing it in the “Catching Up With” section in the future!  Grade: C

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Have a Hulky Christmas!

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New merch and reviews are on the way!  Right after the holiday!  Keep cheery you Hulk fanatics!  If you want to see what I have been busy with – check out my other blog: The Life I Live

I Promise I am NOT Deserting This Blog!

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I have quite a few great ideas for a new look and features to this site – unfortunately, in this busy season, I am a bit overbooked.  I don’t like bloggers who give countless excuses – BUT – between my wife recovering from surgery, the holidays upon us and a brand new niece being born – I am finding little time for hobbies!  But I will be back soon!

Best and Worst of 2012 – Variant Edition!

Marvel knows that, financially, variants make sense.  The rarer the better – as collector’s mouths froth over having something only a few others might have the opportunity to acquire.  Of course – I shouldn’t get too ahead of myself.

Best: Original Idea Covers

This is actually one of the coolest variants ever!

This is actually one of the coolest variants ever!

It’s not often when new artists come out with a style so original they take everyone  by storm!  Skottie Young and C.P. Wilson III are two of the artists that have made this year of variant covers one to look forward to!

Worst: The “sketch” and rare covers.

The ultra rare 1:150 Colorless Quesada Cover... wish they did this for the Skottie Young cover instead...

The ultra rare 1:150 Colorless Quesada Cover… wish they did this for the Skottie Young cover instead…

I am not sure if it’s just ego driving Quesada to make his illustrations the ones that adorn the rarest collectible covers.  I know quite a few collectors out there – but I do not know any clamoring for Quesada art.  There are die-hard McFarlane, Jim Lee, Sam Kieth, even Rob Liefeld (although those people are ripe for ridicule)  collectors – but I have not met one person who gets excited for a new Quesada cover.  Not to mention, Marvel is still pulling the “sketch cover” scam.  By that I mean a regularly printed comic cover without the color.  That is one of the laziest ideas.  Jeers to Marvel for keeping up that tradition for another year.

Best and Worst of 2012 – Comics!

Is this going to come as a shock to anyone?

Worst: Jason Aaron’s Incredible Hulk

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“Logan?  How did you get talked into starring in this disaster?”

We were served with an utter disaster for an entire year – Jason Aaron did not respect Hulk fans, readers, or even his own fans who expected Aaron to re-write Hulk history with an all new take on the relationship between Banner and Hulk.  Instead, we were given a story of a separated (for realsies this time, guys!), demented Banner desperately trying to re-create the events that created the Hulk – only to get what he wants and be infused with Hulk again – only to torture the green brute by creating a serum that could get rid of the Hulk forever.  Did you follow that?  Banner just wants to be back with the Hulk – gets what he wants – and then makes a potion that would just take the Hulk from him again… WTF?  In just 15 issues Aaron was able to contradict himself on the major plot point that his whole series was based around.  Congratulations, you have no idea what you are doing.  Marvel gave Aaron the axe when they decided to copy DC’s very successful relaunch of their entire universe and gave us Mark Waid – hopefully he does not disappoint!  It only took me 2 issues to see that Aaron was a train wreck – and I am waiting to see how well Waid’s series will hold up in the second outing!

Best: The Incredible Hulk: Season 1

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Thankfully, 2012 also gave us a real re-imagining of the Hulk’s origin with Season 1.  A much more gritty, violent and heartbreaking look at a man who has created and unleashed a monster that he cannot control.  This time around we see Rick Jones as a scumbag doper, Betty is following in her Dad’s footsteps and kicking ass and the Gremlin is a shorter version of Shredder.  Throw in a gaggle of medical experimental children and blob monster and you have one of the better reads of the past year!