Review Friday! Fantastic Four #13 (2019)

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Writer: Dann Slott
Artist: Pencils Sean Izaakse
Artist: Ink Sean Izaakse
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.59 – $19.95

Variants: 1
  • 80th Frame Variant
  • Bring on the Bad Guys Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Historically we all know the Thing cannot beat the Hulk. It’s been documented quite a few times over with everyone aware that the Thing lacks the muscle to take the Hulk down.  Knowing this, I was acutely aware we may actually see something a bit different this time around.  I immediately was a bit let down with the issue seeing the Hulk-less cover.

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Inside the issue there is a classic knock-down drag-out fight between the two heroes.  This time there is a time limit as the drug that Reed gave Grimm will turn him human in less than an hour.  Thing might be able to take a punch from the Hulk – but it would be the end of Grimm.  As they trade blows Grimm mentions Alicia being trapped underground an The Puppet Master lets a concerned, shocked reaction slip, hinting to Grimm he’s not actually fighting his old friend!

Brutal blows between the two continue to be exchanged as Alicia leads the buried out of the avalanche of rubble.  Time is ticking away for Grimm as he is about to revert to his human form.  He must find a way to beat the Hulk or be killed!  Alicia comes out of nowhere to give Grimm the pep talk he needs to give it the old college try!

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The Hulk charges – Grimm cocks his fist back – and lands the blow of his life!  Not only knocking the Hulk down but also destroying the puppet the Puppet Master is using!  Grimm becomes his fleshy self and drops to the ground as well.

Waking in the hospital a week later he is upset at missing his chance at having a human honeymoon with his wife but is reminded that he finally knocks the Hulk out and to be proud of that accomplishment!

Epilogue: Hulk doesn’t take too kindly to being used for someone else’s games and lets the Puppet Master know in no uncertain terms!

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While I always enjoy a good Hulk v Thing fight – and don’t even mind the Thing coming out on top once in a while, this fight seems lackluster at best.  I feel like the Hulk could’ve tried to fight his way through the mind control or at least had a spell or two of clarity excusing his behavior.  I’m still not sure how I feel about the Hulk enjoying breaking every bone in the Puppet Masters body – that seemed out of character, even for the Devil Hulk.

Villains:
  • Puppet Master
Grade: Bag and Board It

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