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Outside the Box

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Granted the Hulk should not be able to lift Mjolnir – but this is just crafty thinking!

Friday Review! Avengers * Defenders Tarot #1 (2020)

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Writer: Alan Davis
Artist: Pencil/Inks Paul Renaud
Artist: Colors Paul Mounts
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$4.99

$3.85 – $12.99

Variants: 2
  • Alan Davis Variant
  • Diablo Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Who doesn’t love a good Defenders story?  Especially from Alan Davis who gave us the excellent, underrated and short-lived Savage Hulk series.  This time around he hands the art over to Paul Renaud who gives us some really exciting scenes and makes this gorgeous comic that much more enjoyable.

Back in the 40’s, with Namor, Cap and the original Human Torch forming the Invaders, lending a hand in fighting back the Nazis in WWII the trio of superheroes are faced with some mystical magic.  A man named Okkults uses his magics to  bring the stone statues to life and fight our heroes.  In this moment when the statues overwhelm the trio suddenly Captain America Hulks out. Seriously – he Hulk’s out, green skin and anger issues and all!

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After taking out the horde of stone people Steve reverts back to human form with no memory of what happened.  We join the Defenders some time later with Namor spacing out thinking back to that moment in time all while they are about to take out another bad guy who has amassed an army of people possessed by evil magics.  Namor recognizes the runes that have formed on the people in said army as the same runes on the statues from years before.

The current situation isn’t as dire as it seemed as Strange was actually feigning weakness in order to trick Cyrus Black in gathering his troops so that Strange can take the evil magic, Ichor, back and cure the followers.  All goes well except that Strange can’t banish the magic from the Earth since there is another source of the same magic elsewhere on the planet.  Where exactly?  That would be the Avengers Mansion!

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The Marvel Non-Team transport to the mansion but arrive at an obviously bad time as they witness Vision kicking Iron Man’s ass.  Cap let’s the quintet know that Vision has had a malfunction of sorts and they have to bring him down.  The only one with the ability to take on Vision is Scarlet Witch who does so and knocks the android out.

At this point the Avengers split the Defenders up having the Hulk and Valkyrie help fix the damage done to the mansion, the Surfer help take the Vision down to the medic bay and Strange and Wanda heading down to the containment area to locate the rest of the Ichor magic.

Namor takes Cap aside to ask about the memories he had in the beginning of the issue but Cap doesn’t have a clue what Namor is talking about.  He gives access of the files to aquatic king to research as much as he’d like.  Stark has Norrin Rad helping him try to figure out what happened to the Vision while Thor is conning the Hulk into doing the heavy lifting – but all is a ruse!  As Strange enters the containment area he’s confronted by Diablo who has collected the Ichor and are in control of the entire Avengers team!  The only member who he wasn’t able to control was the Vision which is why they were all trying to kick his ass!  Diablo then uses the rest of the Avengers to take out the certain members of the Non-Team and uses the Ichor to take control of Strange as well!

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The end of issue #1 is quite exciting with quite the cliffhanger ending!  I think we’re in for quite the ride!  I question whether or not it would have been just as good to know what was happening at the Mansion before the Defenders show up, knowing the entire team was heading into a trap, and rooting for the team to figure it out before crap hit the fan!  Overall, this is an excellent start to a new Defenders adventure!

 

Villains:
  • Diablo
  • Avengers (sort of)
Grade: Bag and Board It

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In Case You Missed It 31

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Holy moly it’s been a little while since I’ve made one of these.  The Hulk had a bit of a cameo in Absolute Carnage – it turned out inconsequential but it was still a pretty fun moment.  Well, in Venom #20 they do have a call back to that:

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A few weeks ago a book called Crazy graced the racks with a couple of covers but this one has the obvious Hulk hand breaking through the door!

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Dollar Bin Finds IX

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I was able to snag a couple more Hulk appearances in the discount bins – first up was Prime #Infinity.  Sure it’s just one panel – but it’s worth it!

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Also found a ESPN Body Issue using the Marvel Superheroes.  Of course they have the Hulk on the cover!

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Christmas Wishes from Across the Pond!

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Friday Review! The Immortal Hulk #28

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Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Penciler Tom Reilly
Artist: Inker Matias Bergara
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$3.99

$2.77 – $6.99

Variants: 1 Hulk 2099 Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

I am going to attempt to review this issue straight from my memory.  This series continues to chug along nicely – Ewing is absolutely killing it and it.  After the Hulk took down the Shadow Base I wasn’t sure where they would take this story but sure enough they have doubled down bringing in the Minotaur and Roxxon!

This issue opens with reports of Hulk supporters protesting Roxxon and thier social network in the total dumpster.  We are also gifted to Minotaur’s man-scaping ritual.  Even more graphic than I feel in needed, but hey, who am I?  Minotaur is racking his little brain on how he can turn things around and profit off this terrible Hulk incident!

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We also meet a father, a Roxxon security gaurd, who is proud of his life but laments the estranged relationship he has with his daughter.  He can’t escape the thought that these Hulk demonstrators are just no good rouble rousers who deserves whatever may happen to them.  I also love how the Hulk youth group is calling themselves “Teen Brigade” – a call back to Rick Jonse teen group from the 60’s.

Turns out Minotaur does have a few tricks up his sleeve as he has Roxxon churn out Hulk masks for this Teen Brigade to don while protesting.  Genius!  Also, don’t correct Minotaur.  Just take my word for it.

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Moreover, the security guard is ready to Charles Bronson a collected group of protestors outside his location.  That is until he notices a familiar pair of eyes staring at him through a Hulk mask.  Sure enough, it’s his daughter.  The man squeezes the trigger anyways but thank goodness the Hulk is there to absorb the shot.

Minotaur does have a plan though – a plan to get someone to take the Hulk on.  Someone who might be able to take the Hulk out for good.  Who else than a former Hulk to take out a Hulk?

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Villains:
  • Minotaur
  • Roxxon
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Talos: A Year of Hulk First Appearances – Week 50

Marvel movies have successfully helped the comic industry in one way – and in one way only… and that is inflating the prices of back issues.  For years the wedding issue of Marlo and Rick graced the dollar bins. That is until Captain Marvel and Far from Home gave us Talos – the Skrull who first appeared and almost ruined the Jones’ wedding!

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #418 (1994)

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