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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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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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