Category Archives: Comic Review

Catching Up With 3.22.17

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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:

Unworthy Thor – $3.99

Current Issue – #5

We now have an answer to what Nick Fury said to Thor to make him unworthy.  For me, the answer was unexpected and interesting.  I also wasn’t expecting the conclusion to this riveting mini and I have to tell you, I still feel as though it is worth the ride!  Even the ambiguous ending should make you excited for what’s in store in the future!

Final: A

Venom – $3.99

Current Issue – #5

We finally get to see Brock back… but we will have to wait for next issue to see him in action.  This continues to be one of the best books on the racks and I every issue keeps the action coming!  How is the symbiote going to react when his longest host returns?  Pick up the next issue and find out!  I’m betting it will be so much fun!  Can’t wait!

So far: A

Hulk – $3.99

Current Issue – #4

Four issues in and have yet to see Jen Walters Hulk out.  I feel like we’re back in the days of Bruce Jones writing the Hulk.  The fourth issue ends how the first issue should have – so we’re still in the same pace as we have found ourselves since the beginning.  Which is a shame.  This series could have been exciting but it’s fizzling along.  The real question will be how many readers will still be along for the ride?

So far: C

Spider-Man 2099 – $3.99

Current Issue – #21

We have now been told that Spidey 2099 will be finished at issue #25.  It’s too bad – this series has kicked all sorts of ass and I just wish more people joined in.  The news isn’t all bad as Peter David will be writing the new Scarlet Spider series.  But, man, I will miss this comic!

So far: A

Nova – $3.99 

Current Issue – #4

This series is still a decent ride with Rich Rider harboring a dark secret.  The last issue shows Sam Alexander still trying to have a normal life on his off hours but how his family still can’t be trusted to be left alone.  Rider hooks up Gamora – but that is cut short as Rider keels over in pain due to what he has become.

So far: B

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

Hulk Guest Shots – Volume 15

This might be a bit of cheating but there are Hulk appearances that consist of just one panel – or a page.  Here are two such instances – one that I love and one I felt cheated on having to buy just to add to the collection.

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First up: Fantastic Four #133 where Thundra has taken to getting the Thing to battle her.  As news spreads of the impending fist-to-cuffs multiple heroes weigh in:

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But the Hulk’s thoughts are my favorite!  Don’t be shocked if you notice this moment in the year of confusion!

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Thunder Clap No
Mind Control Nope
Funny Nickname Actually, YES!
Hero vs. Hero Not the Hulk – but yes
“Hulk Smash!” No

Seeing as this was just a panel in an entire issue I will also offer up another series that did not really have much to do with the Hulk but still has a quick glimpse of everyone’s favorite jade jaws!  It’s Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet #1.

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This shot really adds nothing to the story or offers more insight to why the Hulk appears – but there it is.

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Catching Up With 2.22.17

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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:

Unworthy Thor: Current Issue – #4 Issue #4 was a slugfest not to be missed! With Odinson closing in on the new Mjolnir but hot on his heels are Thanos’ lackeys and the Collector who is not willingly going to let anyone take something of his!  Will Thor be able to lift this new hammer?  What made him so unworthy in the first place?  Questions will be answered and if you’re not reading it you are missing out!

So far: A

Venom: Current Issue – #4 This is easily one of the books I enjoy picking up the most.  Venom, for years now, has been kept under control with Flash Thompson as his host.  Flash, using the immense power of the symbiote, was able to become a hero.  With a taste of what it’s like to be one of the good guys suddenly it is at odds with his new host, Lee Price, who is a revels in the violence he causes.  It is easily one of the best books on the shelves right now playing with the dynamics of the symbiote/host relationship and who really controls who in that relationship.

So far: A

Hulk: Current Issue – #3 We still have no idea if Jen Walters can turn.  We’ve seen her eyes go green a few times but yet to see a full Hulk-out.  Her client, Maise, has a big bad something helping her and killing anyone she perceives as a threat.  This will come into play soon, I think, but the real question is will readers still be on the hook to find out?  This series could really use a pick up as the story is just crawling along.

So far: C+

Thanos: Current Issue – #4 Thanos has to deal with his own mortality.  Not only that but he’s also facing the fact that his son wants to kill him.  In the latest issue we see Thane’s journey – and even get a quick peek into Thanos’ bleak future.  Of course, if you know Thanos, it’s never that easy…

So far: A

Infamous Iron Man: Current Issue – #5 We know nothing of Doom’s family – until now.  Doom’s mother has come out of hiding to tell her son how much she is proud of him.  Of course, Doom isn’t all that interested in hearing anything but where she has been all these years.  Grimm is okay – which is a relief after last issue left him literally falling to pieces.  The final page of the current issue has kicked this series into overdrive!  Another Marvel series that is gearing up to be a classic!

So far: B+

If anything people might want to pick up the latest variant on Hulk #3.  It is a Joe Jusko classic Hulk in one of the most iconic poses.  This was the most exciting thing on the entire new release rack!  Anyways, what are you guys reading? Are you reading any of the same titles? What do you think?

Catching Up With 2.8.17

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1It would be nice to let you know what’s going on in the world of Hulk but I haven’t really been keeping up.  I peruse the latest issue of Totally Awesome Hulk on the stands but I don’t bother buying it.  What am I reading?  Below are the current titles I still purchase with a quick synopsis and rating:

Unworthy Thor: Current Issue – #3 Jason Aaron finally deals with the repercussions of what happened to Thor during Original Sin.  Thor, no longer Thor and now Odinson, is on a journey of identity.  He hears of a new Mjolnir that has fallen from the sky and he is not the only one.  Aaron is a creative writer who knows his Marvel history (it’s too bad he didn’t bring all this awesomeness to his Hulk run!) and is giving us a fun tale of a former superhero with a identity crisis.  If he is not Thor, then who is he?  He still enjoys a good battle and doesn’t shy away from mixing it up (with his trusty goat) but with the promise of a new hammer Odinson wonders if this is his way to fixing his crisis of faith in himself.

So far: B+

Nova: Current Issue  – #3 I read and enjoyed the 2014 reboot of Sam Alexander taking the helm of the Nova.  The boy trying to balance being a cosmic hero and school was a funny and exciting book.  I skipped the following reboot with Sam finding his Dad (but not his Dad).  Now we continue with Sam Alexander joining forces with the hero from Annihilation, Nova Rich Rider.  Sam is still looking for his Dad, Rich Rider is coping with his… skin condition and together they are encountering bad guys who need pummeling!

So far: B

Hulk: Current Issue – #2 Jen Walters has been coping with the after effects of Civil War II. She is trying to get her life back to normal with a new job at a new law firm and representing a client with a mysterious roommate. I wish the story was moving a little faster and had a better pace.  It seems to be moving too slow to keep my interest but for right now I’m still along for the ride.

So far: C+

Spider-Man 2099: Current Issue – #20 Peter David is still one of my favorite writers – and unlike the writers of today that seem to pace out there issues like a sloth David still delivers some classic superhero tales!  It’s refreshing to read a book and feel like you aren’t just being set up for the next issue with promises of action coming up – but delivering action with every new release! Spidey 2099 also has the honor of being the highest number issue of series I’m currently reading! Miguel O’Hara is battling heroes from the future and terrorists from “The Hand” in todays landscape – and while things aren’t exactly going his way he’s stays ever positive that things will get better.

So far: A-

Thanos: Current Issue – #3 I could look at Deodato’s artwork all day, everyday.  The man is an amazing talent!  The first issue ends with an interesting hook – although, one that isn’t too shocking – SPOILERS: Thanos is dying.  I say it’s not shocking mainly because… he dies all the time now!  That being said, this series has been a thrill ride so far and I hope it keeps up!  Lemire is treating Thanos with all the respect he deserves  – and I keep looking forward to the next issue!

So far: A

Infamous Iron Man: Current Issue – #4 Dave from Zapp Comics told me to check out this title.  It is an interesting take where Marvel’s biggest bad (Doom) is on a path to redemption by picking up the mantle of Iron Man.  Trying to be a good guy after years of trying to take down heroes isn’t as easy Doom would like.  The pace, again, is a bit slower than I’d like – with 4 issues in nothing has really happened, short of a small scuffle with Grim.  I am enjoying it though and look forward to the next issue.

So far: B

I did read the last TAH issue and was left scratching my head.  The whole issue revolved around the new heroes patting themselves on the back for the amount of diversity that is now spread across the MU.  While I have nothing against diversity – I certainly am not looking for a whole issue of the heroes talking about it – I want the Hulk beating up bad guys!  Anyways, what are you guys reading?  Are you reading any of the same titles?  What do you think?

Hulk Guest Appearances #14 -Devil Dinosaur #1 (2005)

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This issue has almost everything – every classic move the Hulk has.  While battling Devil Dinosaur the throws out how he is “The Strongest One There Is!” and of course “The Madder Hulk gets the Stronger Hulk gets!”  but the best part of this issue is watching two of Jack Kirby’s creations battle it out!  A match up that never happened in the original run of the underappreciated Devil Dinosaur.  I sort of wish this was just the beginning of a new series because this issue is fantastic from beginning to end but, alas, it is just a one-shot.

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The best part of the issue is when Hulk and Devil sort of figure out who is behind everything and wreak havoc on their surroundings – I don’t like to give too much away but let’s just say I love seeing when all powerful beings realize they are in way over their heads!

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

Hulk Guest Appearances Vol. 13 – The Mighty Thor #489 (1995)

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Hulk and Thor have battled many times – dating back to the formation of the Avengers – but Thor has bested the jade beast hardly ever.  Hulk is just too strong!  This does not mean Thor is a slouch in any way – it just means that the Hulk is better!  Of course, when the Hulk has to remain in control and can’t let loose on the golden-haired hero… well things don’t go as smoothly for the beast.

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At a time when the Hulk’s raging anger turned him back to the 90-pound brilliant weakling the Hulk knew he couldn’t rely on his full anger to bail him out this time.  This is one of the rare times the Hulk is actually totally in the right.  With Thor stuck in “Death City” with Hela and Thor’s friends unable to help it is up to Hulk to make his way to Hel and save goldilocks.

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The two tangle for most of the issue with the Hulk restrained from letting loose but Thor unleashing his full affront.  While the Hulk doesn’t quit and Thor being immortal Hela is inclined to take a trade: Thor for Malekith and Kurse (apparently there was a two for one special going on) releasing Thor from the promise he hade to be Hela’s slave.  Of course, the Hulk and Thor decided to team up and take a second before leaving Hel to beat the heck out of one of Balder’s pup.  Nothing like abusing a Hel puppy for real male bonding.

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

Hulk Appearances: Volume 9 – Silver Surfer #125

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Without Banner the Hulk has no humanity to keep him at bay.  The Silver Surfer was not aware of this anomaly until this issue.  Whenever the two have met while the Surfer was always impressed with the Hulk’s pure rage and strength, ultimately, he was no match for the Surfer’s cosmic power.  This meeting didn’t go as usual though – mainly because Banner was ripped into another dimension.

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The Surfer, after years of soaring the space ways, has finally returned to Earth.  One of his first encounters is with his old teammate, the Hulk.  The Hulk is angry though – and Banner-less – and the Surfer can’t seem to get the idea until he tries to return the emerald giant to his human form… only to realize that there is no human form there.

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The Hulk believes he is dying but the Surfer realizes the truth.  This issue directly follow the events of Hulk #450 where Strange confronted the Hulk and the Heroes Reborn storyline was finally unfolding the returning to Earth – meaning there are two Hulks that will inhabit the same universe… at least for a few brief instances.  It’s about a decade later when the Hulk and Surfer will tangle together again.

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