As much as I wasn’t looking forward to this cartoon, it’s the Hulk, so, of course I watched it. There is a few positives to this new series – the first, and most obvious, being that the Hulk is front and center in his own show again. The Hulk being in his own cartoon will hopefully get the kids watching and the more exposure of the Hulk to the new generation the better. I liked the cartoon being geared towards kids as well. I know that many adults are watching these shows and are probably disappointed that they went in this direction – but I think it’s a good thing. That is unfortunately where the good points end…
The characters in the cartoon are so far off of what the comics provide I have this problem believing that this cartoon is a good thing for the comics themselves. Instead of working the characters into the show the way they appear in the written series they have them as sort of a non-team that comes when Hulk calls for it (not that he wants to).
The Red Hulk and real Hulk play off each other like an unfunny odd couple (but I do have to give credit to the producers for not calling the Red Hulk the most moronic, fan boy christened name for any character ever: “Rulk”) and She Hulk is just sort of there – the biggest disappointment is how they have portrayed poor old Rick Jones and his new persona… A-Bomb.
As bad as it was in the comics – it is 10 fold here – with A-Bomb being the sole comic relief on the show. I felt myself cringing with every bad joke or Seth Green-ism that A-Bomb released. Even worse was the constant reminder that this character really has nothing to do, other than being a mistake, as he constantly is either in the way or getting himself in trouble for Hulk to come and save him.
I did like the sort of twist ending – providing us a peek at the real villain pulling the strings – and also am interested in seeing how they explain how and who Skaar is. I will keep tuning in, I mean, my daughter found it very entertaining. I just worry that she will start to think the Hulk on the show is how the Hulk should be… that is scary enough to give me nightmares!