Amazingly, we are getting a BAF Abomination based off of the Gamerverse design. While this is not my favorite choice – I still like it enough to seek it out. In this same line we also get a classic looking Sam Sterns that I am totally here for!
While not up to the standards of the Leader from the Face-Off line it still looks pretty fantastic! Also, we seem to be getting a Target Exclusive premium Red Hulk figure. He may not be my favorite character but this figure looks fantastic!
I mean, I think the guy behind him is over-reacting – but I still understand his pain.
This year we will be delving deep into Hulk history to re-discover all the first appearances that the Hulk issues have given us over the years! With 1st appearances being such a hot trend these days it only makes sense to highlight some of the best Hulk issues to invest in this year! This week: The Leader!
Tales to Astonish #62 (1964)
|Artist: Pencils / Ink
$3.59 – $49.99
- (Keown) Skrull Variant
- Cory Smith 1:25 Variant
With this tag line it seems like Marvel is kind of begging us to like this comic:
I’m not looking to tear anyone down. That being said, Weapon H isn’t the worst idea Marvel has had in the last few years. Silly? Sure. A total waste of time? Surprisingly – no! The series has been pretty entertaining but we all knew it was just a matter of time before they had this new hybrid character face off against the originals! Picking up from the last issue of the Weapon H where Agger is eager to have Wolverine and Hulk meet up with Clay for a little chit-chat.
This issue picks up at Shadow Base where they have had the Leader incarcerated or some time. That is until an agent comes calling for help from Sterns in locating the Hulk. With the Hulk’s most recent re-emergence they realize that nothing they’ve used before is working as this Hulk is nothing like they’ve dealt with before. Using just the report the agent gave to Sterns he dispatches both people and escapes the holding cell.
Clay and his family are peacefully existing without incident until they’ve returned home one day with Clay sneezing. The problem with that? Weapon H doesn’t sneeze – or get sick – at all. The whole family knows something is up and the wife and kids get ready to leave. Clay books it into the woods where he meets up with an exhausted Bruce Banner.
Thinking he is there to hurt him and his family Clay goes to attack the weary doctor. Only, the sun is going down and the Hulk is due to come out. The two behemoths begin pounding each other with Hulk ready to take his stolen gamma power back.
The Leader stands some distance away watching the fight unfold – taking delight in his plan working out. In fact, he isn’t even concerned when Shadow Base catches up with him. They go to inform the Leader that the Hulk can drain gamma out of people and Sterns happily replies that he is aware. Just then the Hulk uses said power but ends up absorbing the virus that Sterns infected Clay with.
Weapon H is able to get the better of our hero now that the Hulk is weakened. With the Hulk laid out Clay is ready to leave but the Leader isn’t satisfied with that – he reveals his presence and instructs Weapon H to kill the Hulk. Clay just wants to know who the hell the Leader is. The Leader gets testy until Clay pops the claws and Sterns realizes he’s pushed too hard. Too late – the Leader flees with Clay in pursuit. Just as Clay is ready to land the killing blow Logan shows up to get some answers on who Weapon H is.
As fine as this initial issue is I must say I think Pak’s use of the Leader is way off base. What a flimsy plan – Sterns didn’t see the possibility that Clay would be upset with him threatening his family? There was no plan put in place in case Weapon H turned on Sterns? Which is exactly what happened! I mean, maybe the Leader hasn’t been the same since his bout of crimson and re-invention of self – but this whole issue comes off a bit flat. Hoping the series picks up in the next issue.
||Bag and Board It
Classic Leader is too cool! How interesting is the comments? “Big brain is a real pain”. What was Marvel doing there? Trying to start a rap career? I think Samuel Sterns could pull off some sick rhymes – with his intelligence? He could find a real rhyme for orange!
Knowing that the Leader is supposed to have said the title of the comic out loud… while he was by himself, by the way, should do the trick. I hope one of his Humanoids overheard him and went back to the others and they laughed at him for hours and hours…
Click on the image for the article that shows off toys being switched and returned to stores. Take notice of the Marvel Legends Face-Off Leader replacing Lex Luthor in the first bungled package.
UPDATE: I had to unlink the site due to a warning from google not to visit it. Instead it links you to The Fwoosh thread that shows the unscrupulous practices of some collectors. Sorry guys.