|Artist: Penciler||Joe Bennet|
|Artist: Inker||Ruy Jose|
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After the insane barrage of variant covers that have littered this series it seems we finally get a break and, with issue #26, it’s a single, gorgeous Alex Ross cover! It’s a refreshing change of pace as the well written comic is usually over shadowed by the sheer insanity of covers available!
With the Gamma group taking over Shadow Base it’s finally time for Bruce Banner to have a little camera time informing the world of his plans to kill humankind. He even meets with the most unlikely of heroes – Amadeus Cho, or as he’s apt to calling himself these days “Brawn”. Amadeus, who, as we all know, stole the Hulk’s power back when Greg Pak was still ruining his legacy as one of the better Hulk writers and Bruce sort of acknowledges why he did it. Amadeus wants answers though stating that the Hulk is born from anger and it can only consume you if you let it. Like Bruce needs to be reminded of that.
We also get quite a few responses from different perspectives in the world. While some are immediately ready to paint the Hulk as a villain others are picking up the movement and lashing out! Meanwhile, Amadeus wants answers that Bruce doesn’t have exactly. We see Samson discussing the details with McGowan who seems on board with Bruce’s new direction for Shadow Base. We also catch up with McGee who is getting all sorts of accolades for her reporting on the Hulk situation.
Amadeus leaves Bruce with a warning about how he is watching him. Not sure is that’s a threat or a joke but in the end Namor in drag comes over letting the readers know he is ready to take up the “death to humankind” movement with Bruce and Devil Hulk. Before we go we are treated to a Roxxon board meeting being headed by… The Minotaur! I guess this means we’ve just met the new big bad in the series? Reminds me of the Man-Bull from TIH #341 but… whatever. I mean, how amazing would it be to have it be the Man-Bull, seeing as we last left him for dead, to make his way all the way up the chain to Roxxon chairman?!?!?
While still a great issue and a fun read it wasn’t as intriguing as the last volume – but we’ll see how it pans out!
|Grade:||Bag and Board It