Nice aim, Reed – and don’t play like this was an accident!
Nice aim, Reed – and don’t play like this was an accident!
When Disney announced a new toy line with stylized figures I eagerly awaited the Hulk. I don’t think anyone was disappointed by what was delivered to our local Disney Shops. A bit later we were given the repaint Grey Hulk – but with a new head sculpt! I was excited as I love the original figure – but at the same time that the Grey Hulk was released it was also announced that there would be a 2-pack – Hulkbuster vs Hulk!
I could tell right away that this Green Hulk was both different AND the same! While it is a different head sculpt than the first offering it’s actually the recently released Grey Hulk repainted green. I knew I wanted this but I was also a bit hesitant as I didn’t want to pay for the same figure twice! Even if they are different colors. Thankfully, my sister decided this was the perfect gift to get for me for Christmas this year – and even better, I had totally forgotten about it! The best part is the light up feature and sound effects that the Hulkbuster boasts. That, and the tiny little Tony head that is present under the huge Iron Man helmet!
|Artist: Pencils||Joe Bennet|
|Artist: Ink||Ruy Jose|
$3.99 – $120.00
Something odd has happened with Immortal Hulk #16. While I am extremely glad that the Hulk is one of the hottest books on the planet I am also frustrated with how the book has suddenly taken on a life of its own on the secondary market. People are paying wild prices for back issues – and now that has bled into pre-sale prices. People driving up the prices of books yet to be released. If that sounds crazy to you that’s because it is! I have said it in the past and I will say it now – collectors can be their own worst enemies! Case in point is the 1:25 wraparound variant for this issue. What should have been a $12-$25 book suddenly shot up to $120 on eBay, so of course the shops followed suit and charged a premium for them as well. I am lucky enough to have a shop charge me a little under half of the trending value. This is also significant since the value has dropped to about $70-$80 after the book was released.
Even crazier? There will be variants to the 2nd printings to this book! How insane is that? Variants to a 2nd printing is completely unheard of! This is the biggest cash-grab I have seen in all my years of collecting. This is collectors ruining the market for fellow collectors. This is almost as crazy as people paying hundreds of dollars for a movie ticket to Endgame! Can we all just get a grip here?
So, currently, from what I can count there will be the following variants released for this issue:
So, you see, the world has gone done lost its mind! I haven’t even gotten into the review of the book! The issue was another solid read as the Hulk continues unwrapping the mystery of who this new Hulk incarnation exactly is. Samson and Hulk realized that people have taken Rick Jones body – and we see the horrific experiments the scientists do to the corpse.
I think we all know that we will be seeing Rick Jones again real soon – what will he look like though? I don’t think even I can answer that! The Hulk and Samson have a heart to heart while chasing down the assassin who shot Betty. The two frenemies enter an underground lab where some terrible experiments have been executed resulting in gamma animals! But don’t worry, this isn’t another Jason Aaron monkey poop moment that will be an embarrassment in Hulk history.
Meanwhile, another group of government spooks are trying to track where Betty Banner has gone. They fond something both brilliant and exciting – feathers! Huge crimson feathers – but feathers none the less! It will be interesting to see how the writer works in Betty’s transformation into the harpy -as she should have been in the Red Hulk title – and the inclusion of the Red She Hulk history that this series seems to have embraced in a positive way.
Samson and Banner track Burbank into a dark room where suddenly UV lights flood the entire place and transform Hulk back into Banner. Bruce runs to a dark corner but we leave the issue with the assassin seeking out Bruce but Bruce’s inner monologue letting the readers know that he isn’t who he seems!
|Grade:||Bag and Board It
Yes, Avengers is till going on (with 2 issues to go) and the Immortal Hulk continues to go into further printings. It’s almost sounding like a broken record – but it’s the times we live in.
Also there was a variant cover for War of Realms with the Hulk on it even though there is no Hulk in the story:
Also, True Believers released the 4th issue of Infinity Gauntlet with some excellent Hulk moments inside, so check it out!
Another genuinely fantastic gift I received this past Christmas were these oven mitts! One side have the back of Hulk hands and other side has rubberized SMASH! written on it. I can’t picture any budding chef not wanting a pair of these – just wearing them makes me feel like I could kick the ass of any recipe put in front of me! There is also an apron available – and it’s pretty great – but I did not get that.
This is different than the little round drone I showed a while back – instead of just a little Hulk head we have an adorable little Hulk body that can float high above the tree line! Drones can be pretty fun if you have the patience and wherewithal to figure out to use one. These little ones are probably not really worth the cheap money they cost but for anyone really into the Hulk – or tiny cheap drones – then this is money well spent!
These Epic Collections are pretty great. Who knows how long it will take Marvel to release these issues in Marvel Masterworks form? Until then Marvel has gifted these trades to us – complete, full storylines that would not be collected together in any other form. I sort of wish they would release Villain collections to highlight the more obscure villain moments like Tyrannus’ greatest hits!” Like I mentioned – I’m just glad to have these being produced right now – since they seem to have stopped collecting Visionaries and only scratched the surface of Peter David’s legendary run!