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Friday Review: Avengers of the Wastelands #1 (2020)

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Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist Jonas Scharf
Artist: Colorist Neeraj Menon
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.00 – $4.99

Variants: 1 Gary Brown Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

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From the timeframe of Old Man Logan we see a new area of the depressed future timeline.  Doom runs rampant, killing heroes and villains alike.  Off at a desolate farm, Bruce Banner Jr and Dani Cage, the wielder of Mjolnir, are tending to their crops.  A quick bout of rain shall do.  Just as the rains pours down the duo is informed about a stranger that has appeared asking for the two of them specifically.

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The new Ant-Man, Dwight, informs them that Dr. Doom is on a killing spree.  When he tells them that he intends to kill Doom Dani tries to talk reason to him, letting him know that they have a quiet place that no one bothers them.  Dwight doesn’t believe a place like that can exist.  That is when Doom shows up!

The heroes immediately go on the defensive and fight the army back with Dani taking out the Doombot.  Yes, it was a Doombot.  No one should be surprised – Doom would never dirty his hands with all that nonsense!  Too bad the farm is burning in the middle of the battle.  At the last minute a soldier of Doom’s army is ready to take out Ant-Man but his attempt is thwarted by a shield shot to the head and the new Captain America ready to help the new resistance!

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Villains:
  • Doom
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Friday Review! Avengers*Defenders Tarot #3 (2020)

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Writer: Alan Davis
Artist: Pencil/Inks Paul Renaud
Artist: Colors Stephane Paitream
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$4.99

$3.85 – $12.99

Variants: 2
  • Alan Davis Variant
  • Diablo Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

When we last left this adventure I had reservations as the cover preview showed pretty cartoony characters busting out of the cover  The same image as the cover shown above.  I was trying to remain hopeful but unfortunately my worst fears were realized.

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We open this issue with Reed Richards being all annoyed that he can’t figure out what Ichor is and where it came from.  Meanwhile Dr. Strange is still floating around the dimension he was sucked into last issue.  He comes across Galactus looking for his herald.  Surfer, along with Scarlet Witch and Vision, arrive at Bleeker St where Wanda is able to conjure up an explosion that goes wrong!  Mephisto appears and takes the heroes captive!

Thor and Valkyrie arrive in Asgard but Heimdall is having none of that crap realizing that Thor just ain’t right.  Iron Man and Hulk have opened up a portal that lets in the generic Wacky Racers.  Daredevil, apparently feeling left out, arrives with an unconscious Spider-Man to where the FF currently are.  Just in time too as the portal that Iron Man opened has made all the worlds collide, bringing the Avengers and Defenders back together!

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This is when we meet the generic Wacky Racers up close – Mighty Martian, Devil Dawg, Vampire Vixen and more I don’t care to remember.  The heroes and toons begin battling it out until Valkyrie notices Diablo hiding in the corner.  She confronts the man and slices the Ichor cards he’s holding.  The magic cards combine once again but all mixed up!  Making brand new heroes where Strange is a hippy burn-out, Cap has gamma rage issues, Hulk… is an angry robot of sorts?  I don’t know – didn’t we just have this whole Hero mix up crap in that Infinity Wars event that went horribly nowhere?  Either way this issue ends with these new heroes unable to shake the generic Wacky Racers and a new battle on the horizon.

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This mini-series REALLY went off the rails.  Thank goodness it’s only one more issue because if it was more I don’t think I could, in good conscience, keep supporting crap like this…

Villains:
  • Diablo
  • Mighty Martian
  • Devil Dawg
Grade: Bag and Board It

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In Case You Missed It 34

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There have been quite  few Hulk moments either on covers or in issues that you might’ve missed – this is why I do these catch up posts – so Hulk lovers like you reading these posts don’t let these issues sit on the shelves!  Above is the cover to Hawkeye: Freefall #1.  While the Hulk does not appear in the issue – check out Hawkeye’s girl’s shirt:

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I don’t really count that as a Hulk appearance but it’s cool nonetheless.  Now the recent issues of the Avengers has a couple of variants featuring the Hulk:

I also bought an interesting cover, an homage to the King Size Special #1, but with Edgar Allan Poe in the Hulk position:

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Sure enough, that is not it!  Captain Marvel #14 had a cover with a Hulk appearance yet… the Hulk was no where to be seen in the actual issue!  Still, a new cover to seek out:

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Now, I was going to review this next issue but the Wolverine/Hulk story was so bad I didn’t feel like reliving it.  Marvel Voices #1 has an absolute disaster of a story with none of the characters acting as they should.

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Here’s just a few pics from inside:

Hope that’s enough to keep you guys busy for a while!  Let me know if you picked up any of these issues – or all of them!

The Immortal Hulk #31 (2020)

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Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Penciler Joe Bennet
Artist: Inker
  • Ruy Jose
  • Belardino Brabo
  • Cam Smith
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$2.99 – $7.99

Variants: 3
  • Gwen Stacy Variant
  • Shaw Variant
  • Kirkham Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

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Dr. McGowan has a storied pass.  The more we discover the more we should not be shocked.  Before Shadow Base apparently McGown worked for Kingpin with a patient named Glowboy.  He’s exactly as he sounds.  Working in the seedy underground, it’s only a matter of time before Daredevil shows up.  Now McGowan works with (for) the Hulk at a moment when  monsters have suddenly infiltrated the city!

This is due to Roxxon – but you guys already knew that – now the original Hulk, Xemnu, has come to save the day.  Only, Hulk can see through the facade and attacks the white, hairy beast, all in full view of the television cameras, making the Hulk look like the bad guy!  While Hulk attacks Xemnu starts losing his control ver the creatures and reminds the people watching of what a “good guy” he is!  The Absorbing Man comes to the rescue of Xemnu, who also thinks he remembers the beast from his childhood – obviously under a spell – but luckily Hulk’s team teleports him away before he could rip anymore limbs off of Xemnu.

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McGowan takes him back to Shadow Base and helps him regain control.  Devil Hulk reamerges astonished that the Savage Hulk could remain in the driver’s seat for so long, even stopping him from taking over.  The Devil Hulk gets spooked watching the scene unfold on television when he gets transfixed by those big, hypnotic eyes of Xemnu.

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Villains:
  • Minotaur
  • Roxxon
  • Xemnu (The Original Hulk )
Grade: Bag and Board It

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The Immortal Hulk: Great Power #1 (2020)

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Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Penciler Jorge Molina
Artist: Inker
  • Adriano Di Benedetto
  • Roberto Poggi
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$4.99

$4.12 – $24.99

Variants: 1 Fiumara Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

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Bruce Banner wake up in a crater in the middle of NY with no recollection of how he ended up in this predicament.  Banner looks over to see Spider-Man – also having a brain fart – when suddenly Spidey begins turning green and -BOOM- Spidey-Hulk!

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When the Fantastic Four arrive Banner tries to explain the situation but Spidey-Hulk is too much of a hot-head and starts attacking Thing.    In an unpresented move Grim knocks Petey Hulk out and the immediately try to contain him. Banner asks for a little bit of trust and for them to follow his lead.

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They take Banner and Parker to a deserted island and they seem to be ready to observe but Banner asks them to leave.  They do.  Spider-Man Hulks out at some point but nothing important happens because they don’t even show it.  Morning comes and the FF arrive once again to let them know that they have come to realize that Loki is behind the craziness.

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After a quick change of clothes that leads to a pretty funny couple of quips they confront Loki who admits fault but explains he was merely tryin to help.  They head to the Baxter Building to do some brainstorming.  They let Bruce know that he is like a giant sponge when it comes to gamma radiation.  Bruce realizes the solution.

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BACK TO ASTRA ISLAND! Spidey Hulks out when night falls and a slightly gamma filled Bruce then attacks.  They two battle across the island until Bruce takes all the gamma back.  When morning comes, Spidey and Hulk have a heartfelt moment where Pete admits to staying with Banner and the Hulk thanks him.  He says Banner is his family – which is a little odd and out of character – and was glad Pete stayed with Banner because he couldn’t.

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Villains: The power itself.
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Gamerverse: Avengers: Hulk #1 (2020)

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Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Penciler Ariel Olivetti
Artist: Colors Andy Troy
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$2.77 – $6.99

Variants: 2
  • Ron Lim Variant
  • Pyeong Jun Park Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

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Banner is working with a SHIELD agent named Monica to study the Hulk.  Banner thinks it’s ways to cure Banner but Monica lets it be known that SHIELD plans on weaponizing the Hulk.  Banner tries to go get air but another scientist George tries to get Banner’s attention for his study.  Bruce gives him the brush off and this pisses George off.  He decides to go ahead with his trials to expand energy but it predictably goes wrong!

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As the energy expands out of control it fuses two guards together and forms an energy monster very reminiscent of Zzzax!  In that moment Monica runs into the room and drops a containment field.  That bitch doesn’t do much as Zzzax smashes right through the glass and grabs Bruce.  This makes Brice Hulk out and now we’re in for the good stuff!

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For page after page Hulk and new Gamerverse Zzzax battle it out! Blow after blow the 2 monsters beat each other senseless until they fall into the ocean and an explosion knocks the Hulk out.  Monica tells Banner it will be okay but Banner knows it will never be okay until the Hulk is gone!

This issue is harken back to classic Hulk and I loved every damn minute of it!  Make sure to check it out!

Villains: Basically Zzzax
Grade: Bag and Board It

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The Immortal Hulk #30 (2020)

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Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Penciler Joe Bennet
Artist: Inker
  • Ruy Jose
  • Belardino Brabo
  • Cam Smith
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$3.99 – $11.98

Variants: 1 Marvels X Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Gamma Flight has had better days.  Flying around the world trying to take care of Gamma involved crisis’.  Business is slow these days though mainly due to the Hulk and his crew seem to be ahead of the team every step!  That is until this latest stunt that Roxxon has pulled.  The last issue had giant monsters popping up all over the globe – and when the Hulk crew came to the rescue the Hulk was swallowed up whole!  Now we see the Hulk inside the monster, battling smaller monsters while avoiding being digested by the stomach acid!

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The public are fleeing, trying to find a place to stay safe – even McGee hides in her office as a giant monster smashes through the wall.  All of a sudden Rick Jones appears, as he melts the monster’s eyeball!  Tring to make a grand entrance, he jokes but he is shut down immediately by McGee expressing the seriousness of the situation!

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Gamma Flight arrives to help out too but while taking these monsters down Samson notices something peculiar.  These monsters are all filled with smaller, deadly creatures.  He then comes to the realization that if released these little monsters would run amok… and the Hulk is still inside one of the large beasts, trying to get out!  When the Hulk does rip through the belly the little bug like creatures run all over the place!

Even though the Hulk is trying to stop the bugs people also realize that it is he that is to blame for setting them free!  Minotaur happily watches as his plan continues to unfold exactly as he intended.  Not able to contain the infestation all seems lost until the original Hulk, Xemnu comes to the rescue!

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Villains:
  • Minotaur
  • Roxxon
  • Xemnu (The Original Hulk )
Grade: Bag and Board It

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