Weeks ago the infamous “Immortal” covers were released on the public. Above is Immortal Hulk #23 Covers which is one of the better ones, I give it a B-, some of the covers weren’t as great. I didn’t bother picking up the Thing, Invisible Woman or Reed Richards cover – but the Human Torch cover was too good to leave on the shelf:
Easily an A grade cover. Also the Punisher cover wasn’t too bad either. The cover gets a solid B+:
The only cover I did pick up that wasn’t all that great was the Savage Avengers #5:
A C grade level finished product. Don’t forget though – True Believers are having a Hulk-centric month! Pick up Intelligent Hulk:
AND the Head of Banner!
I would probably choose to go by foot too…
With Ragnarok serving us with at least 3 different Pop exclusives I thought we were going to get a straight forward Hulk Pop release this time around. Especially since the Hulk was such a minor part to the story as a whole. Sure enough – a month or 2 after release and no announcement I thought we were in the clear… and then Hot Topic came along. At least it’s another glow in the dark Pop which is my favorite kind of exclusive.
Of course, this was another Pop/T-shirt set. In order to get the size I need I would have had to order the set on line but honestly, I don’t care about the shirt at all. I saved a few bucks and just snagged the Pop off of eBay. Besides the glow feature there is no real difference between this and the regular offering so it’s really only completists that need to seek this out.
$2.87 – $20.00
- Keown Wraparound Betty Banner Harpy Variant
Last review I left off saying the this issue should be a doozy – and I was right! I didn’t even know HOW right but I can confidently say that if you’re not reading this series by now you obviously don’t enjoy comics. Well written, exciting, surprising and downright thrilling comics! We left off with the Hulk (and Gamma Flight) bringing the fight to Fortean at Shadow Base. We’ve all seen Fortean these last few issues seemingly losing his mind so now he has the opportunity to back up all that bravado with some action!
We begin, though, with a McGee flashback of the day that she first encountered the Hulk. A scared little girl looking into the eyes of an angry, overgrown child. Years later she is jumping into action with the Hulk and his family, Samson, Jones and Betty… well, a version of Betty. As the family sets off on their mission the Hulk stays behind with Gamma Flight to distract Fortean and the gang! Unfortunately for the gamma-crew it seems Fotean in fact does have back up plans for back up plans as every move they make is met with a swift and devastating counter move!
Early on it seems the gamma gang will pull this one out as Creel is able to figure out how NOT to get drugged and Hulk laughs off a direct threat. Once the Hulk is hit with Solar Emitters it seems as though their best weapon is down for the count! Until Puck, finally being useful for the first time in his super hero career, rips the literal brains out of the machines!
Dr. McGowan watches the carnage through the security cameras and realizes she has brought this upon her and her team. For once she begins to feel regret – not excitement for the gamma research and advances they’ve made – but relief that all the “science” she’s tampered with has finally come back for payback! As Rick, Betty and McGee enter the lab they notice Del Frye in the corner. McGowan informs them that she has been trying to ease his pain. That saves her from an inevitable end at the hands of Jones.
Back at the Fortean fight, Samson is taken out, Creel and Titania are down for the count, followed quickly by Puck. Hulk is the last one standing, and with a quick reguritiation of acid, Fortean believes he has won the fight. That is until the Hulk rips off the melting skin, still ready to fight!
Wow, what an ending! I thought when Betty ripped the Hulk’s heart out was gruesome – this might just top it! Pick this issue up is you haven’t already and catch up on this series!
- General Fortean
- Shadow Base
||Bag and Board It
I enjoy some of these stylized figures. This Hulk Cosbaby might be one of the weaker additions to the line. It’s not that the sculpt, paint apps or anything is out of place, it’s more the movie version of the Hulk that this reminds me of that is the problem. The greying sides that look more appropriate on Reed Richards, the form fitting quantum suit. It’s all a bitter reminder of what the Hulk family has endured watching the movie.
That being said, when you get something as a gift it’s really hard to complain about it. It’s solid and adorable. It definitely stands out as an eye-catching addition to the collection. Like I mentioned, there are far better Hulk pieces from this line and this one isn’t bad – just a reminder to what we were served from the unfortunate Aveners: Endgame.
Ever since the announcement of this 2-pack the internet was a buzz if this Hulk would dethrone the Face-Off Hulk as the best figure ever. Keep in mind that the Face-Off Hulk has held this title since it’s release over a decade ago. No other Hulk figure has been able to capture the classic look of the Hulk like the Face-Off Hulk has. Well, I can’t say for certain that this Hulk has finally done the job – all I can say is that we finally have a contender!
While some on the interwebs have been singing this Hulk’s praises others have expressed concern over the way the ball joints used for the shoulder blades are too large. I can’t say I agree just yet as I have yet to acquire one out of the box. I ordered one from Dork Side Toys (it has yet to arrive) and I keep meaning to cancel the order all together since I also ordered it from Entertainment Earth and it arrived at the end of July.
All I can say is that I love the sculpt as well as the extra hands – and the ripped shirt thankfully hides any issue anyone would have with the shoulders. The original Wolverine is perfect in scale and a worthy partner for this 80th Anniversary special 2-pack. If you didn’t order this off any online site the good news is that you can still grab it from any of the Gamestops that this is popping up at. I know it may seem expensive at $60 but I think this is worth it more than the Hulk/Hulkbuster ever was. This is such a great addition to every Hulk collection out there and I am so glad Marvel has finally started producing figures that blow us away again!