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Hulk Guest Shots – Vol. 20: Green Goblin #10

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Trying to collect all the issues to Green Goblin was not an easy task.  Amazingly, the hardest issues to find were the middle between 7-15.  The absolute last issue I ended up having to buy off of eBay and it was this little beauty you see right here.

When it arrived I thought the cover looked as though it featured a certain jade giant.  Yet – I have been duped before – so I wasn’t getting my hopes up.  Sure enough, flipping through the pages, it was the Hulk… sort of.

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In a warped little world, lovingly called Murderworld, Green Goblin tries to make his way through without getting his friend, Ricko, killed.  They end up in a room where they encounter a robot Hulk that isn’t too pleased to see them.  The only shot of the Hulk is the one you see above – but it still counts in my book!

Thunder Clap No
Mind Control Yes?
Funny Nickname YES! If we count puny intruders.
Hero vs. Hero No
“Hulk Smash!” YES!
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Catching Up With… Feat: Generations Totally Awesome Hulk / Banner Hulk (2017)

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Let’s get this over with right from the start:  It’s not Banner Hulk it’s The Incredible Hulk.  It’s one of the easiest and most obvious titles, yet Marvel messed it up right from get-go.  It was the first of many missteps in what should have been a glorious return of the real Jade Jaws to the Marvel Universe.

Generations are one-shots that team up the classic character with the new wave of heroes gracing the comics these days.  The Hulks issue is handled by Greg Pak – which should have been a homerun – but turns out to be a single that was picked off at first.

The story begins with Cho being transported into the past and face to face with the real Hulk being attacked by the army in the desert.  It is a missed and welcoming sight and a great intro but ultimately a short-lived excitement as the comic takes a sharp turn from there.  If you plan on reading the issue don’t read any further as this will contain spoilers like mad, yo!  The Hulk is fighting back against the army and Cho helps fight them off.  When he sees the Hulk ready to explode and hurt people Cho takes the Hulk on himself.  It’s one of the more annoying and cringe-inducing aspects of the Cho Hulk.  He’s so infatuated with the lives of innocents that he ends up screwing things up royally.  In the case of W.W.H. (if you’re reading it) he’s the reason the weapon comes to maturity, here he is the reason that a gigantic monster is woken to terrorize a small town.  Sure, you can make the argument that it was the army bombing the island but I would retaliate with “Who brought them to the island?”  Boom, Mic drop.

Now, I don’t mind the idea that Cho is looking to protect the innocent, the idea that the real Hulk had done it in the past subconsciously is one of my favorite theories.  My issue is that Cho shoves it down our throat in such an obvious manner that it literally bores me.  If you were to play a drinking game where you drink every time Cho Hulk talks about saving innocents you’d be dead.  Down before you even finish this silly one shot.

If you think I’ve scratched the surface of the problems with this issue you are sadly mistaken.  Cho begins to lose control of the monster and the real Hulk has to come to the rescue.  The following conversation is the crux of what makes this issue such a disappointment.  Before I dive in: I dare you to go back when the Cho Hulk was first being promoted and read the post where I react to Pak’s interview.  I’m way too lazy and it’s way too late for me to find it – you’re going to have to do the leg work yourself!  Anyways, Pak says that Cho ENJOYS being the Hulk and sees it as a gift – and I talk about the most interesting aspect of the Hulk character is that Banner saw it as a curse – he knew it was an accident that needed to be corrected.

Pak writes that exact thing at the end of the issue!  He has Cho realize that being the Hulk isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!  It’s a head shaking and infuriating ending for one of two reasons.  Pak is a great writer – he has written some of the best Hulk stories – but he has missed the mark since the TAH took shape.  I don’t know what was in his head when he was writing this issue but I know he’s the kind of writer who plans ahead.  To think he started writing the Cho Hulk with the intention of the two Hulks meeting and having this convo is the biggest insult.  To think it would be an eye opening moment for not only the characters but also the reader is a slap in the face – mainly because that’s what every comic reader has been saying since the beginning of this whole debacle.  If this was a way for Pak to acknowledge everyone saying this; sort of a wink, wink at the audience; well then the whole issue was sort of a waste of time.  What was the purpose here?  To reiterate the obvious?  To make Cho more likeable/relatable by making him think his stolen gamma power up was a mistake instead of his green frat boy persona?

Either way, this issue will be followed by what looks like Cho having his own Planet Hulk saga.  This combined with yet another return to “original” numbering is another nail in the coffin of the once great writer of Hulk stuff.  Rest in peace Pak legacy… it was great for a while.

Hulk Guest Shots Vol. 19 – Peter Parker: Spider-Man #14

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In a time when Peter had no idea if Mary Jane was alive or not and was very volatile he ran into the Hulk and the two duked it out.  The Hulk was angry with the world for believing he was guilty of taking a plane out and killing a bunch of people.  As usual, the world was grossly misinformed.

Spider-Man really does his absolute worst to the Hulk, including this extremely odd bit that taken out of context takes on a whole new meaning!:

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Thunder Clap No
Mind Control No
Funny Nickname YES!
Hero vs. Hero YES!
“Hulk Smash!” YES!

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Ultimately, Spider-Man breaks his hands in trying to release his pent up aggression and the Hulk sympathizes with the bleeding superhero and the two together save a train from crashing.  It’s a pretty fantastic story with a sweet and sad moment of two heroes trying to understand each other.

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Catching Up With… 6.14.17

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I am catching up with the titles on what I pick up off the new release rack. What am I reading? Below are the current titles I still purchase with a quick synopsis and rating:

Scarlet Spider-Man – $3.99
W: David / A: Bagley, Dell, Keith
Current Issue – #3
I am still bummed about Spider-Man 2099 ending and this title being the sort of replacement.  Scarlet Spider definitely toes the line about being a hero and isn’t the most likeable.  I certainly love PD’s work but I am not too optimistic about keeping this title in the pull list.

So Far: C

Venom – $3.99
W: Costa / A: Sandoval, Almara
Current Issue – #151
I was super disappointed in Venom #150 – it was such a build up for this “event” type comic and we were given sort of a forgettable story where Brock now questions if bonding with the symbiote was really a smart move.  #151 picks up again with a fun new beginning but the numbering continues from #150 instead of #8 we get #151.  I wish Marvel would treat their customers with more respect.  The superfluous numbering is very aggravating.

So far: B-

Infamous Iron Man – $3.99
W: Bendis / A: Maleev
Current Issue – #8
The one thing I hate the most is when a cover promises an event that does not actually take place in the comic.  Like the latest issue that shows Reed and Doom in a battle – where in the issue thw two still don’t meet.  Still really good and worth picking up.

So far: B+

Thanos – $3.99
W: Lemire / A: Deodato Jr.
Current Issue – #8
Wow, this book is good.  Thanos is now mortal but still a threat.  While the old crew to take down Thanos has switched targets to Thane, Thane is killing… well, everyone.  Thanos needs his powers back and seeks a trio who can do just that.

So far: A+

Old Man Logan – $3.99
W: Lemire / A: Deodato, Martin
Current Issue – #25
The Maestro is back and Logan is out to kill the rest of the Banner clan.  A group of the incestuous crew try to take him down but… well, fail.  Maestro is looking to move his family to a safer space while planning something catastrophic.  The only issue I had was watching a full head of hair on the old Banner turn into the balding Maestro.  Comeon!  Get with it Deodato!

So far: B+

Hulk – $3.99
W: Tamaki / A: Durate, Milla
Current Issue – #7
We finally see a grey She Hulk in issue 6 – and we get a very subdued reaction from her in issue 7.  A quick back and forth with Hellcat and even a mention of Banner being the Grey Hulk.  Hellcat tries to call her She Hulk and Walters corrects her with “Hulk”.  It’s so slow moving with very little happening – it may be time to dump this book.

So far: Still a D

Spider-Man 2099 – $3.99
W: David / A: Sliney
Current Issue – #23
Miguel is hot on the trail of who destroyed his home in 2099 and the he needs to keep his girl from getting hurt.  This series is looking to end on a huge high note!  Pick this book up and read the heck out of it!

So far: A

Nova – $3.99
W:Loveness, Perez / A: Perez, Hepburn
Last Issue – #7
Sam went after Rider into the Cancerverse but it’s not as easy to save a teammate when he’s been infected.  This was the final issue of this series and that’s just too bad because it was an enjoyable ride and worth the price month after month.

Final: B+

Bane Conquest – $3.99
W:Dixon / A: Nolan, Wright
Current Issue – #2 (of 12)
Woah – what is this?  A DC book in my pull list?  That’s right – I have decided to pick up this mini series too get my Batman fix.  It’s fantastic to see the supervillain facing a foe maybe more dangerous than him!  And having to work with Batman?  Priceless!

So Far: A-

Anyways, what are you guys reading? Are you reading any of the same titles? What do you think?

Hulk Guest Shots Vol. 18 – Wild Thing #0

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Given away with copies of Wizard, Wild Thing is a product of Wolverine and Elektra – let that sink in for a minute.  Man, she must be so hairy!  Anyways, Rina – or Wild Thing – has psychic claws that cannot actually cut or tear.  I know what you’re thinking: What they hell good are they?  Apparently, not much.  They do little to the Hulk when she encounters him in the Canadian woods.

Also, it looks as though Jeph Loeb wasn’t the first to use the horrible idea of a thousand Wendigos crawling all over the forest.  At least this time they give somewhat of an excuse for how this event occurred.  This curse effected an entire boy scout troop and they come face to face with the likes of the Hulk, Wolverine and his little girl Wild Thing.

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Thankfully, Strange comes to the rescue to restore the boys back to their human form but not before the Hulk knocks the hell out of one of them.  It’s funnier when you remember he just punched a kid most likely still in Elementary School.

Thunder Clap No
Mind Control No
Funny Nickname No
Hero vs. Hero YES!
“Hulk Smash!” No

It’s no wonder why this series didn’t even survive 6 issues but it’s funny going through the old 90’s comics and seeing the Marvel now retreading to what they created 20 years before.  Things have gone better than they did back in 1999.

Three Ways to Read

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Whenever I see a DC and Marvel Treasury Edition of Batman Vs Hulk I have to pick it up!  Not only is it pretty scarce but it looks bigger than life and is packs a visual wallop!  Trying to find an affordable copy on eBay is always a crap shoot.  Luckily, I walked into a shop that was going out of business (lucky for me – not the shop owner, obviously) and snagged a copy of this book for $15.  It seems as though this larger formatted comic is one of the harder to obtain as copies on eBay are listed as high as $300 (realistically, they sell between $30-$50) Of course, this is not the only way to enjoy this read as you can also find this story collected in the easier to carry but harder to locate paperback book:

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This little gem was found at a community yard sale for a very nice $3.  First printing and everything!  I believe there are at least two printings of this edition.  Just curious of who of you out there also own this and have a second – or later – prints?  Leave a comment below if you know how many printings this book has.

Now, if you’re worried about looking like a nerd carrying a standard old paperback around then never fear!  The most affordable and easiest to find format is the special collector’s edition of this classic comic.  Found for around $10 you can read this once in a lifetime match up just to watch the Joker trying to manipulate the Hulk and Batman boxing the Hulk’s ears – and it actually hurting him?  What?  Anyways, go out and find yourself a copy of this great story and read away – even if it is biased against the Hulk!

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Hulk Guest Shots: Volume 17 – Thunderbolts #34

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This series easily had one of the best beginnings to any other series ever!  The reveal that the new heroes – to replace the missing heroes (who got their start in a little mag called The Incredible Hulk!) weren’t actually heroes at all but a group of super villains!  Absolutely brilliant!  Of course, where do you take the series from there?  Well, Marvel carried on by trying to make these villains actually heroes.

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They began in the pages of the Hulk and when the Hulk returned to the group it was being led by Hawkeye.  Yes, that Hawkeye – the same one who had currently shot and killed the Hulk with one of his stupid arrows here, in this issue saves his life.  Only after he promised the world that his new team would bring the Hulk to justice.

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Thunder Clap No
Mind Control No
Funny Nickname YES!
Hero vs. Hero YES!
“Hulk Smash!” No

Of course, nothing goes according to plan, which it rarely does when concerning the Hulk, and the team cannot contain the jade behemoth.  The last bit with Hawkeye grazing Banner with an arrow to save his life has a tinge of irony to it that is both laughable and sad.

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