House of M Hulk
This figure eluded me for WAY too long! This is one that I never even saw hit the shelves – and then it seemed like overnight they just became hugely expensive! I waited and waited thanking that I will see these eventually go down in value – and they have… sort of…
LOVE the Hulk Sculpt - the face is dead on!
You can find these on ebay for about $16.00 – but for some reason – some of these same figures sell for double – sometimes TRIPLE that amount! But there is no denying the figure is worth it!
All the tattoos are amazingly detailed
Sure, it comes from a disappointing storyline – a forgettable storyline in the Hulk Mythos – but that doesn’t make the Hulk LOOK any less cooler! I wish this Hulk went on a little bit longer – had more of a memorable storyline going with him! A tribal Hulk? How cool does that sound? I mean, comeon!
How much - and how long - do you think this would be to get for real?
COME AT ME BRO!
Within this comic is 2 stories – and the one I’m focusing on is called “Puny Little Man” – brought to us by the team on the regular Hulk book, Loeb and McGuinness. While that may be a deterrent for some others may be enticed to check this issue out. It was released almost 2 years before the utterly horrible “Hulk” title and showcasing the Wolverine’s first appearance in the comics. Loeb’s pencils are flat out amazing in this issue and his regular inker Vines makes his images pop – while the coloring was done in an old school way – dare I call it pixilating – if my memory serves… I could be wrong though.
Look at how gorgeous that is!
I would love to track this art down
The story is quite simple, The Wolverine just remembers what that first fight with the Hulk was like. He wonders why he talked the way he did, why he was working for the Canadian Government, why he was wearing such a ridiculous costume, and why he even thought he could take on the Hulk and Wendigo – although they really don’t mention or even show Wendigo in this story (SHOCKER! Loeb is leaving out obvious and important plot points in a story!) but the fight with Hulk is great to look at.
When will Wolvie learn? He's no match for the Hulk!
Wolverine slashes over and over until the Hulk finally gets a hold of him and then rips him apart – and Loeb takes on the now classic art of Hulk tearing Wolverine in half – man, I would LOVE to own this piece of art! – but the end of the rather quick story has Wolverine waking up and thinking it was all a dream.
I wish I had this much talent in my pinkie toe...
All in all – not too bad – but a very quick and fun story that packs in so much beautiful art it’s worth picking up. Grade B+
Bruce - you're looking pretty creepy right now
Here’s a slight variation on the origin of the Hulk. It’s still pretty faithful – to a point – then branches off in it’s own direction. Let’s talk about some of the changes: Bruce Banner is a little more outgoing, he’s not afraid to flirt with Betty or stand up to Thunderbolt in a more aggressive way. A lot of the same – for example; Igor is still Bruce’s assistant and Rick Jones still makes a stupid move of being at ground zero at the wrong time – except that this time Jones in an Intern who wasn’t informed of the test.
Look at the shot of all the Hulk villains! Can you say classic?
Bruce asks for the countdown to be stopped – but it can’t be – he heads out to the bomb site and saves Jones… again. But a big change is that that is the last we see of Jones in this story. Instead we hear Thunderbolt tell Bruce that not only is he pulling funding for the project, mainly because Bruce is still alive and well – thus proving the bomb doesn’t do what was intended – but Bruce tells Ross it was never meant to be a weapon – but Ross also tells Banner to stay away from is daughter.
Bruce freaks out and he calls Betty to tell her everything. She tries to calm him down but to no avail – Bruce gets more and more angry thinking that the Army just wants to steal his bomb and that Ross scammed him – he blames Betty and says that she knew it all along. He gets so angry that he changes… he turns into the Hulk
That’s when Hulk releases the fury. He destroys the base camp – destroys EVERYTHING – he throws jeeps and helicopters, fires break out, things are exploding all around. Then the Hulk captures a glimpse of his reflection. It stops him right in his tracks as he stares into the mirror and sees himself – and then his other self, Bruce Banner.
THOOM! That's also the sound I make when I go #2
In the morning, Igor stands over ruins and tells Bruce that everything is gone, the research is lost, it’s all in Bruce’s head now. Bruce tells Igor he’s leaving – he’s disappearing and he gives Igor a letter to give to Betty. The last page shows Betty reading the apology from Bruce and an explanation on why he’s leaving.
What a great story – a perfect re-imagining of a classic character – my only complaint is that they didn’t make this into a Hulk series. I would’ve loved to see more of this. They did do a story for each of the major players in the MU – but this one was totally the best! Grade: A
Page 1 of issue #98
This is one of the 2 original pages I bought in New York. This is the kind of collectible every Hulk fan SHOULD have at least one of. These are truly one of a kind items that will remain in history forever. And this comes from one of the greatest recent Hulk storylines there is – Planet Hulk! Splash pages usually go for thousands – even regualr pages are pretty pricey – but this page was a great find and a great steal! Look at that shot at the top of the page! You can tell how much I liked it because I made it my most recent banner.
When Hulk is staring you down - take my advice - look away!
This page has King Miek and some of his followers. I also love the shot of Hulk swatting Miek away. How funny is that? Cause Miek is an insect like creature after all! The cover to this comic is my least favorite but I would still snatch it up in a second if I got it for a nice price! The more art you collect, the more you want – consider that your warning. The amazing artist that created this page is Aaron Lopresti with Danny Miki inking. Man, I love this page – probably the best purchase a Hulk fan can buy!
UPDATE: This page was sold on ebay in March of 2010 – so that I could purchase a Deodato Page – so glad I did!
This is one the best looking Hulk statues – besides Bowen (I’m a loyal kind of guy) – besides Hulk looking so massive compared to Spiderman but the look on Hulk’s face is so full of anger and rage – no other company has been so sucessful in capturing such raw emotion.
The base is rubble and I actually compare this base to the Marvel Milestones statue – and prefer the MM to this. There are really great parts – but there are pieces that look too plastic.
Also, for the massive size it is quite light which leads me to believe it’s completely hollow. But you can’t argue with the results. It’s still an amazing statue. The Spiderman looks agile and his quick fluid motions are displayed well here – too bad the statue itself isn’t as easy to display with both parts together. I have taken the Spiderman off and displayed Hulk alone because either Spidey blocks Hulk’s face – or you turn the statue completely around and having Hulk’s back to you.
Because I have friends in high places (stock boy at Toys ‘R’ Us) and because people are dirt-bags – I have this little guy that was ripped off a Water Rescue Spiderman and Friends Helicopter. The weird part is… it only has 3 points of articulation! That’s right! The legs are fused together and don’t move independently of each other! But this kid friendly Hulk needs to do a little work on his biceps before I take anything he does seriously. Really, who are you? Popeye?
Look! Hulk doing crunches!