So, last time I discussed this series I was pretty content to not buy it. Reviews began to surface – each and everyone of them positive – making me question on whether or not I should reconsider. I decided to make my decision after reading the first issue. So I guess the question remains, did I buy it?
Well, let me tell you what I read first. The issue begins with Cho on the beach beating up a monster that surfaces from the ocean. He pounds the monster and then turns for a fist-bump from a toddler. Yes, he asks for a fist-bump. Then a page or two later Cho is naked after another round with the monster – but, no worries, there is a large CENSORED sign over his genitals with concern over the editors losing their jobs if they showed the Hulk’s huge giant man meat. I instantly thought “Oh, wait… so this isn’t to be a real series – this is sort of tongue in cheek bullshit.” and I started to feel a little better about it.
Reading on, Banner does make a cameo for a tick but then we get back to Cho and his hormones in full force as he fights an alien queen. There is an obvious set-back to Cho being a powerful green giant that Pak addresses, like we knew he would, being the amazing writer he is. Here’s one of my issues though – this is not what I wanted from the Hulk. Never mind that Cho had his chance at comic stardom as a sidekick to The Incredible Hercules. Granted, he was not the star of the book – but he was still a huge force in the book – one that did not last. Now he is the star of the Hulk book, taking the mantle and joking his way through the whole thing. To me, the Hulk’s tortured existence made his a complicated and brilliant character – not quite a hero but in no way a villain. Cho is certainly a hero, and in that respect, not as fun to read.
This may sit well with some new comic readers but not with the veterans. Of course, that means the one thing we old fogies don’t want to hear or admit. Comics are no longer being geared towards us. Marvel especially wants to attract a younger audience and this may just work. Pak is an amazing writer and this will not be any different, I’m sure, and Frank Cho makes the book so beautiful it’s hard to deny it’s lure. Overall, I am sure of one thing – this series may be a fun new start – but not one I am looking to take the ride with. I chose to put the book back on the shelf and walk out of the LCS without the new Hulk issue for the first time in over 20 years.