You know that when I do Catching Up With posts once a month on a Wednesday it’s to go over and grade the recent issues on the rack. I also try to keep people up to date with the best Hulk moments of the week with In Case You Missed It on Mondays but sometimes, just sometimes I want to feature an issue to talk about it specifically! This time around we’re spotlighting the new series Weapon H. This is a series I wanted to really like but the first issue left me a bit underwhelmed. Truthfully, when this character was announced I jumped on the train with the other haters immediately dissing Marvel for such a silly idea.
The worst way to give a self manicure.
After reading the origin story that Pak rolled out I was really excited for the new series I knew would follow. Part of my fears, though, were over the fact that they would turn what would potentially be a great villain into another reluctant hero. Amazingly, this is exactly what Pak delivered to us. I must have rolled my eyes quite a bit at the fact that I guessed the exact route they were taking this character.
The other problem I had with the premiere issue – and it’s a problem that I have with most Marvel books these days – is the pacing is so slow! What happened in this issue would have taken only 3 pages to tell back in the day – and now they drag it out over 20 pages.
I even have to admit to not being a big fan of the way Smith drew the Wendigo. It reminded me more of the creature from The Crate in Creepshow than it did of Wendigo. I wouldn’t exactly lower my rating for an issue over some creative takes on a character – because the issue is very well drawn – but this just added to the pile of grievances I already had with this comic.
I will be sticking with this series for a bit to see if the story picks up but I don’t know how long I will stick with it if this is the way the series will unfold. Grade: C
Did anyone out there pick this up? What did you think?
As much as I have a reservation about how the Hulk was portrayed in Thor: Ragnarok I look back fondly upon the movie. I look forward to adding it to my library and watching it with my son and daughter. Then explaining to them why the Hulk should of had an obedience disc and how portraying him as a ruthless killer is complete bullshit. Oh man, family bonding at its absolute best! That being said, when my local Toys R Us was getting ready for the Black Panther movie release they were letting the Thor: Ragnarok stuff go. And by that I mean they were tossing it. I was lucky enough to save this double sided banner that sat above their feature area. I still love how this was a Thor movie that the Hulk took center stage and once again stole the show!
Notice all the variants – I will probably be skipping the remastered covers. Even when it’s a Sal Buscema remastered cover. I’ve sort of lost my taste for the ultra rare or colorless (they call them B&W or “sketch”) covers. It’s hard to justify spending the type of cash you need to acquire these covers when you could get some solid silver-age issues that have some real historical value!
That being said, the interview below makes me more interested in this new series. I’m looking forward to seeing what they have in store for the green goliath!
I am gearing up for Infinity War just as I bet many of you are. I picked this Thanos up many, many years ago and just found it again recently. I think this was one of the earliest Thanos figures to be produced – besides the 1995 Fantastic Four figure. The biggest rub was that I actually worked at Toys R Us when all these characters were released!
I should have picked them up then! Of course, my collection has changed and morphed so much over the years there is no guarantee that I would have kept him through out the years. Either way, it’s far from the best – might actually be one of the worst – but still pretty awesome to have!
I loved Mr. Bean when I was a kid… this would give me nightmares for years!
I like the cars that offer an actual image of the character – even something from the comics – but really, anything would do! I don’t exactly mind these cars because the color scheme still screams the Hulk but really, it also could be the color scheme of a number of characters including the Green Goblin, Donatello from TMNT, etc… That’s why I prefer to have a cool picture portrayed on the car itself. Either way, thank you to my wife for picking this little guy up for me at Target the other day!
Of course, Avengers: No Surrender is weekly right now so we didn’t have to wait long to see the Hulk take on the Red Hulk in some sort of Iron Man vest and gloves. Sort of like an Iron Man stripper outfit.
The Hulk makes quick work of Red Hulk in iron vest and even has a “Wha…wha…whaaaaat?” moment as he absorbs the Red Hulk’s gamma power and drains him enough to trigger a transformation. Hulk also gives Vision a facial. I might not be using that term correctly… either way Hulk smashes the crap out of Vision’s head and power source.
As an added bonus, over in Thanos the Hulk has a quick cameo taking on the Fallen One – instead of attacking back the Surfer tries to help out his old friend. As great as that moment was and as gruesome and graphic as issue #17 was it’s still hard to watch one of the greatest and most powerful characters in the MU being taken out by a cheap shot.