Monthly Archives: December 2014

Incredible Hulk: The Troyjan War (1994) – The Review

The only Armageddon figures ever released

The only Armageddon figures ever released

At some point in the PD run the Hulk was pretty indestructible.  He was super-smart, super strong and with a super secret powerful team that he lead.  Ultimately, Earth bound catastrophes were beyond him.  There was nothing they couldn’t handle – and sure,   What could take on the Hulk at this point?

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The Incredible Hulk #413-416
The Troyjan War

Enter Trauma’s father, Armageddon, the leader of the Troyjan empire.  Trauma, as you might remember, was the alien killer who had his sights focused on killing Atlanta, one of the Pantheon.  The Hulk left him for dead buried under an avalanche of snow… but of course, that was not the end.  At some point Trauma became infatuated with Atlanta and decided that he was to make her his wife.  None of this was to be Atlanta’s choice.  Now, at this time we had quite a few story lines interjecting – one of the best things of PD’s run was the fact that every member of the Hulk family (well, the Hulk family of the time – we’re talking Rick Jones, Betty, Marlo… even Samson of sorts) had different issues they were dealing with.

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Samson, angry with the Hulk for thinking he can phone in their therapy sessions, lets Rick, and the reader, know that the Hulk’s merged persona might not be the great idea he once thought it was.  The Hulk hardly has time for these allegations as he is trying to keep the Pantheon from killing each other due to love triangle, and leadership business.  Meanwhile, Betty is lost at what to do with her life now – Rick and Marlo are supposed to be getting married – but Rick might be having thoughts about settling down.  All of this is happening when Trauma shows up to take Atlanta back with him.

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The Hulk tries to stop Trauma and his army – and even let’s a little Savage Hulk out when it doesn’t happen – but gathers his team to head into space.  Rick is a little sore that he was not asked to go and lets his frustrations out on Marlo.  When the Hulk does reach the Troyjan ship and he and Trauma go for a second (or third depending how far back you want to go) round.  Trauma thinks he has an upper hand… until, warned about the situation by Strange, the Surfer shows up to help out.  Truama wasn’t too worried about taking on the Hulk – but when Surfer shows up… he begins to!

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The Starjammers show up to help revive the Hulk from when he and the Surfer are pulled through a Troyjan jumphole without the aid of being safely inside a space vessel.  With that, they jump back into action attacking the Troyjans for the return of Atlanta.  Things don’t go well as Armageddon makes his appearance and says that the group either gives up Atalanta or the treaty against Earth will no longer be upheld.  Meanwhile, Rick is visited by his great grandaughter.  Yup – that happens.

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Ultimately, Atlanta agrees to marry Trauma but the Hulk isn’t taking “I do” for an answer.  The battle rages on – Surfer taking on Armageddon and the Hulk convincing Trauma to take him on strength vs strength.  The Troyjan fashion choices end up betraying their prince as he is impaled on his pointy shoulder pad and with his dying breath tells his father to let everyone go.  This is not the last we hear from Armageddon – but for now everyone leaves.

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Gary Frank’s art is at top from here which is showcased the best in part 1 where the Hulk and Atlanta are doing an exercise with the entire Marvel Universe attacking them.  Even a quick shot of a DC superbad makes a unconfirmed cameo.  Overall, re-reading this story arc makes me miss this time period.  PD had a grasp on this character unlike any other writer has had the opportunity to have since.  Grade: B+

Check This Out…

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It’s a pretty great blog – but, if I am being honest, I just wanted to get that awful She Hulk figure off the home screen of being the first thing you see when you visit my site.  It’s sort of unnerving!  Click on the image to be brought to Cool and Collected!

Ummm… Part 45

Sometimes, I feel like certain artists are basically striving for this anatomy

But Huh? eBay? Part 4

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Custom figures takes talent – I’ll state that right away – I can’t do it with the magnitude that some of these artists display… but WTF is this?  I Spider Hulk/ Mecha Hulk/ Abomination hybrid?

World War Wendigo (2014) – The Review

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I never read the X-Men.  I’m just not interested in them – not sure there is a way I can explain my dislike for the group – I have tried to get into reading the exploits of the mutants before but to no avail.  I did see that The Amazing X-Men was set to do World War Wendigo and it piqued my interest.  I noticed that it spotlit a whole slew of Wendigos and immediately had flashbacks of the horrible Loeb arc where the Wendigo curse just “somehow” miraculously evolved to be able to be spread through bites and scratches.  In Loeb’s version it made no sense and, even worse, the Wendigos went to Las Vegas and encountered Mr. Fixit and then the Green Hulk… and then the Wendi-Hulk.  Ugh… So, how did this story line end up?  Read on!

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Amazing X-Men #8-12
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A: McGuinness

The funny thing is that McGuinness actually escaped having to draw the horrid excuse for a storyline that was Loeb’s Wendigo rampage – but he is in top form here drawing this series.  The story begins with a man, in a rage, killing a co-worker and then grinds him up in the beef that gets sent out to the masses for consumption.  It’s the best way to start a comic story line, maybe ever.  And with Wolverine back in Canada searching for an old friend you think “This is going to be real good!”  And the first issue is really good!  It sets up everything really well and catches anyone who might not have been following the series thus far up pretty quickly.

I liked the idea that Wolverine was without his healing powers.  Not sure how or when he lost them – but at some point his healing factor was just out of control – he could survive just about anything.  That’s not a hero that’s all that interesting to read to me – I’d like to think there is a chance (no matter how small) that the hero could be hurt – and maybe even lose a battle!  So, Wolvie without the chance to heal is actually an interesting idea to delve into.  Storm is also worried at the idea of Logan in danger without his healing factor – and for good reason – because the whole team runs into a pack of Wendigos.

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One of the things I really enjoyed about the Hulk villain is that there could only be one – and that it was a mystical curse for an atrocious action toward your own kind.  If you don’t know what I mean – you ate someone in the Canadian wilderness and you are cursed to be the Wendigo.  For the curse to be altered (like in this case) or the curse to evolve (a curse evolves?  Ugh – stupid Loeb) makes for an interesting idea – but it doesn’t really have the same charm or devastating sadness that the character does when his origin is in place.  A man trapped inside of a beast for a crime that he was driven to out of desperation or pure enraged emotion is a great base line!  People being scratched or bitten and turned into the same creature doesn’t have the same weight.

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Anyways, the curse, at first only held in the Canadian land – so as soon as they stepped over the US border they transformed back. That is until the curse was expanded and then the population turned once more – this time in the United States – where the Avengers were trying to contain the outbreak.  Things went pretty solidly from bad to worse as the series continued.  Wolverine is discovered to have been turned himself – and he’s quite the handful of Wendigo to contain – and children looking for their parents tries to pull at your heart strings.  All in all though, this isn’t anything new.

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We’ve seen all these plot devices before – even a Wendigo breakout has been done before – albeit not well done, but still.  The bang of the first issue is quickly stifled with the rest of the story being a retread of former situations we’ve seen heroes in before – right down to the ending where the big bad is beaten and the slew of Wendigos are reverted, leaving a group of confused and naked humans roaming around trying to figure out what the hell just happened.

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I will give the series this: I made it through the whole thing without getting bored.  So that’s something.  I thought a more original take would have been seeing the X-Men have to handle a town full of Wendigos who were turned because of that initial murder where the man was ground up and then sent out for people to eat.  Battling those monsters but knowing that they’re innocent people so they would try not to hurt them at the same time as trying to find someone to reverse the curse.  That would have been a better direction – in my opinion.  The Wendigo is a fierce opponent to battle on his own – there is no need to add in an infectious element as well. Overall, it’s not a huge recommendation – but if you like the X-Men and you like Wendigo it might be worth looking into.  Grade: C+

“Hulk Hands” Short Film

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Check out the short film of revenge and Hulk Hands!  Click on the image above to be brought to the site.

A Week of Rocket Raccoon – Day 4

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Still celebrating the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD here is the last Rocket figure I have to show you – this coming straight from the Marvel Universe.  I was happy to have this guy – seeing as originally the only way to pick him up was getting him from the boxed set that warmed the shelves for months!  Now that their popularity has risen the boxed set is no where to be seen in retail anymore – and they just separated them and gave them their own cards!  Rocket comes with the very tiny groot, of course.

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