Review Friday: The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1 (2019)

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Writer: Peter David
Artist: Pencils Dale Keown
Artist: Ink
  • Mark Farmer
  • Mark Deering
  • Walden Wong
  • Scott Hanna
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$4.99

$2.49 – $99.00

Variants: 2
  • 1:50 Yoon Variant
  • Kubert Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

I will defend the Peter David’s 12 year+ run on the Hulk title till my last breath.  He is a genius who helped the Hulk break new creative groud for a little more than a decade.  He even helped clean up the mess that was the Bruce Jones run years later.  That said, this isn’t the best showing of that man’s talents.  While on the subject, Dale Keown was a superstar artist who made the Hulk a top seller in the early 90’s with his amazing illustrations!  Since then Keown has continued his impressive talents, mainly on covers, but he’ll occasionally pencil a full Marvel mag.  That said, this is also not one of Keown’s most memorable standings.  When David and Keown last met they collaborated to bring us Hulk: The End and did not disappoint at all!  This time around Keown’s stagnant pencils don’t inspire the same kind of awe they once did.

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This issue opens with a retread of the ole’ Betty/Veronica joke that last made it to us thanks to Robert Downey Jr’s inclusion of the aptly named satelite holding the Hulkbuster armor in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Veronica works at the Suicide Prevention Hotline during the holidays when Bruce calls in to chat.  He talks about the most recent attempts that he has made to end his curse.  Now, his new plan is to have a sniper take him out the moment Bruce gives him the sign.

We get a quick origin of Bruce and Betty’s humble beginnings.  From the moment they first met to the declaration of the two being united in marriage.  More time passes with the Bruce and Betty disecting the relationship between the man and the monster.  Bruce even recounts the time he had a run in with Betty’s gamma transformed other side (no, not THAT one!) This one:

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The battle between the two green monsters might be the highlight of the entire issue as they trade blows and barbs.  Bruce recounts everything to Veronica until they are interrupted by Veronica’s boyfriend – the villainous Mr. Hyde!  The Hulk comes to the lady’s rescue and takes the battle to the streets!  Early on, Hyde takes control of the fight, throwing the Hulk like a sack of potatoes!

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The fatal flaw is the mention of Betty’s passing.  The moment Hyde mentions Betty’s name (this was around the time before she was resurrected by the Leader and MODOK) The Hulk lets his fists do the taking and batters the bad guy into the ground!  Hyde finally stops the assault with a quick condolence.  Bruce finds the will to live – again – when Veronica thanks him for saving her life.  He gives the sign to call off the hit and we see Deadpool, rooftop, feeling relieved to not have to go through with killing Bruce.  His “heart” just wasn’t into it.

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What did you guys think of the issue? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Villains:
  • Harpy
  • Mr. Hyde
Grade: Bag and Board It

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3 responses to “Review Friday: The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1 (2019)

  1. Could not agree more with your review! In their hay day and even with their last outing with “The End” they’re a great combo. I felt that they both ‘phoned it in” on this one. Maybe we are spoiled with such awesome items that we’re disappointed with mediocrity. Regardless, I was a little underwhelmed with it and if they’re going to wait this long to meet up again, I wish it’d be more incredible.

  2. The story was decent. The art on the other hand felt phoned In. Also some of the inkers used on the book did not compliment Kneown’s very well. The inconsistency became rather distracting.

    • I agree – it’s jarring to have the art change page to page like that. It also shows just how important the right inker is for an artist to really shine!

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