It seems as though things are picking up for Bruce Banner… but not the Hulk. Avengers is coming out pretty regularly but has slowed down, story-wise, in order to catch us up on who the hell all these new Avengers are and Wolverine is still in the Savage Land getting a peek at some sweet Shanna-booty! Let’s get on with the reviews!
Banner is really getting his life together! He has a sweet, I am Legend sort of town to call his own – and a new research team that doesn’t crap their pants at the slightest Banner freak out. He’s getting to let his rage out in a useful way for SHIELD – all is great in The Indestructible Hulk #4 (W: Waid I: Yu, 2013, $3.99)! SHIELD has even found the undersea city of Lemuria that Banner wanted to explore… only, there is one issue. Attuma, the leader of said world, has a whole gaggle of over-sized sea creatures taking out ships and killing humans. It’s up to Hulk to help out control the situation. Hulk is shot into the action only for Attuma to seem unfazed – and for good reason – he let’s a giant squid pull the Hulk deep, deep into a chasm that even implodes his little HERBIE wanna-be tag-along. How is the Hulk getting out of this one, folks? Grade: B+
Of course, moving on over to the Avengers – and quick side note, more of a gripe really, back in the good ole’ days of Marvel they really cared about continuity – if a character was appearing in a book other than his own they would mention it – and said character wouldn’t just pop up in any other book as filler. The Hulk is in the Avengers here and there – and they haven’t even mentioned it in his book AND it doesn’t even seem like the same Hulk – WTF Marvel? They did give us a little “Spidey may not be the same old sweet Spidey” this time around in Avengers #6 (W:Hickman, I: Kubert, 2013, $3.99) but this week we are mainly let into Captain Universe’s sad back-story. Interesting – but the action is in the side story where Stark is trying to decipher Nightmask’s language – only to be sorry they did as he tells on the coming of the “White Event” I have seen only seen White Events at the end of porns – but I think this white event may be a little different. I just hope the action picks up a bit because these past issues of origins have really slowed the pace down and made the Avenges a test in patience rather than a solid exciting story. Grade: C
Is Wolverine faring any better in his book? Well, as it turns out, in Savage Wolverine #2 (W/I: Cho, 2013, $3.99) he is… and he’s not. Cho’s writing is very funny and exciting – and his illustrations and knock-down dead gorgeous! The book even brings Amadeus Cho to the island – with an opportunity for Cho to play “punny” with his name. This is far and away one of the better books I am reading – no one draws Shanna and Dinosaurs like Cho does – and with the news of a Hulk guest-spot coming in issue #5 you can bet I will keep buying! Grade: A-