Category Archives: Comic Review

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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Catching Up With… 5.2.17

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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
Current Issue – #1
While I am dismayed that Spider-Man 2099 will be coming to abrupt end I was excited to hear that David will keep up his writing Spider duty with The Scarlet Spider!  The Scarlet Spider is the kind of hero who leaves a bad taste in your mouth as he bills you after saving your life.  Then threatens you if you don’t pay up.  Enjoyable premiere issue with a great set up for what’s to come.

So Far: B-

Venom – $3.99
W: Costa / A: Sandoval
Current Issue – #6
We all knew Brock would be up to no good.  We still didn’t really get to see the original villain take on Spidey – that will have to wait for the next issue – Venom #150 – but we see Brock still can’t be trusted when it comes to the symbiote.  This issue was chock full of great moments including the realization that Brock has broken the symbiote out of containment – I just sort of wish Lee was more of a factor.  He lost the symbiote and was then dropped from the story.  I’m pretty sure he will come back.  Overall, still a fun and entertaining read!

So far: B+

Infamous Iron Man – $3.99
W: Bendis  / A: Maleev
Current Issue – #7
Doom has taken it upon himself to take every supervillain down.  Everyone.  This title delivers month after month.  You want to believe that Doom is on a path to redemption – but this is freakin’ Doom, people!  Also, we get to see Reed back in action – with two out of four FF back hopefully the other two won’t be far behind.  A showdown of the century is in the works and I can’t wait!

So far: A

Thanos – $3.99
W: Lemire / A: Deodato Jr.
Current Issue – #6
Speaking of super villains, Thane finally came up with a weapon to take down Thanos – one of the most powerful weapons in the MU.  It works – so what now for everyone’s favorite Purple baddie?  This series has been so much fun and full of surprises I can’t wait to see where it goes from here!

So far: A

Old Man Logan – $3.99
W: Lemire / A: Nguyen
Current Issue – #22
Lemire is also bringing us a great storyline of Logan being thrust through all of his old battles and painful memories from his very violent past – including the original meeting with everyone’s favorite Jade Jaws – the old Greeenskin himself, the Hulk!  I admit, I only picked up this book due to the fact that the variant cover has the Hulk on it – and then looked inside and looked back to pick up issues #20 and #21.  It’s an interesting premise with a fantastic set up.  The realization of not being able to change history was particularly heart-wrenching.

So far: B+

Hulk – $3.99
W: Tamaki / A: Leon
Current Issue – #5
I didn’t think it was possible that this series was going to do another tease issue without a Hulk out but sure enough… here we are.  This is getting embarrassing at this point.  The story is somewhat interesting but we’ve been waiting for something real to happen for 5 entire issues so far!

So far: D

Spider-Man 2099 – $3.99
W: David / A: Sliney
Current Issue – #22
I was psyched for this issue where Miguel’s most trusted ally finally turned on him – something I thought would bring the future Spidey some real trouble – a foe that both knows who he is and how he thinks… but that turned out not to be the case.  It settled into familiar territory as the whole debacle was a ruse.  Too bad.  A rare misstep in this series.

So far: B+

Nova – $3.99
W:Loveness, Perez / A: Perez
Current Issue – #5
Rider’s secret is out and Sam has banished him back to whence he came… except that might not be a good thing!  What was waiting for Rider back in the Cancerverse might be more dangerous than what he was on Earth!

So far: B

It was so good to see the Hulk – the classic Hulk back in the comics!  So excited that it was more than just a panel or two!  Anyways, what are you guys reading? Are you reading any of the same titles? What do you think?

Nasty: A Year of Hulk Confusion – Week 14

There might be times where we are all a bit confused – and this year we will explore the times that the Hulk has no idea what is going on. Even the times when he isn’t sure what to do or where to go… It’s a year of confusion!

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Nothing sounds worse than a super hero power where  you turn into a squishy pile of flesh and slime every time you turn into your alter ego.  Yet – that’s exactly what Malibu Comics’ Prime did.  And when the Hulk came face to face with him he had no idea what to think… and I couldn’t blame him!

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Hulk Guest Shots – Volume 16

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Technically, this is not a guest shot as it is not actually the Hulk himself – it is Impossible Man posing as the Jade Giant against Mr. Mxyzptlk posing against Doomsday.  A fight I would have LOVED to see a kid.  Heck, I’d buy a copy right now!  But here it is – another cheap appearance – but in my book it counts!

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This also reminds me – what a great, brutal storyline Death of Superman was.  It was all sorts of awesome in just 5 or 6 issues and it was so simple.  Doomsday was a creature that no one had seen before but was pretty much just destroying everything in his path!  Loved it!

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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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