I’m pretty sure these were released last year and I never got around to showing them. Marvel 500 has lived up to their name so far by releasing quite a few characters and variants on characters. I’ve tried to collect them all that are related to the Hulk – that includes the Hulk’s rogues gallery. I can’t believe of all the characters that have died and came back we still live in a world where Hulk’s 2nd oldest foe is still among the deceased.
We can at least sigh in relief to the fact that A-Bomb is no longer. Cured during the too short Duggan run A-Bomb was reverted back to Rick Jones. I only hope Marvel will one day bring back the true Abomination. That and the real Hulk too…
Red Hulk #3
I have to tell you – I have read this comic about a half a dozen times over – and I can’t tell if I liked it or not. On the one hand, kudos to Parker for trying to make sense out of Loeb’s ridiculousness – but on the other hand, it’s like trying to fix a carburetor with a toothbrush! You might be able to do it – but it’s going to be really difficult! See, issue 3 deals with how Rick Jones was turned into A-Bomb. I mean, we need an entire different series on how he came to call himself A-Bomb – or why he thought it was a good idea – or why Loeb is still being allowed to write anything cause he’s a blathering idiot – but still – we are dealt his origin as follows:
The memories coming flooding back to Jones!
Rick is fighting Red Hulk. The Red Hulk starts to trigger memories from Rick – like how at the end of WWH he was taken by A.I.M. and they used the Abomination’s DNA to make Rick into what he is today. Marlo helped him escape – all this time Rick is pretending to be the stupid A-Bomb again – but we learn that Rick was trying to tell Bruce about the plan way back in issue 6 – I have an issue with that scene – but let’s just move on…
Banner and his trusty ole' Redeemer suit!
We then learn that Rick was given a trigger to kill Bruce Banner. We don’t know what it is – but at some point Rick is supposed to turn on Bruce and kill him. So the Intel give Rick his brains back as A-Bomb and send him out – which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense here – like I said – I give kudos to Parker for trying to fix this mess – but it’s getting out of control here! In TIH #600 we see Bruce in a tank – we are not told how he was captured or why at that point – but he was in the tank. We see Rick – who we hadn’t seen since issue 6 – being experimented on. In the scuffle there Rick helps Bruce escape and they have been together ever since…
So when did they implant this trigger exactly? During that time? Because Bruce was still able to be turned into the Hulk – and Bruce wasn’t the wild card he turned into yet… and why then was M.O.D.O.C.K. so upset when the Red Hulk drained the Hulk out of Banner – wouldn’t that make him easier to kill? Man, I really get aggravated when thinking back to TIH #600 – you have a landmark issue tainted with one of the stupidest scenes ever written into a comic – the Red Hulk using his “draining” ability to destroy the Hulk. I mean, that was just really pathetic! Loeb continues to do the opposite of impress with this comic! How does this crap still sell? People let’s wake up here! Sorry – I got a little heated there… oy… I just remembered the scene in this issue – where the Red Hulk says that Hulk “overheated” him… referring, of course to issue #6 – another doozy.
Anyways, getting back on track… Bruce intentionally sets off the trigger and as tears after Bruce to kill him – Bruce talks the trigger right out of Rick. He tells him that he should not feel guilty – and that it wasn’t his fault. (Which totally isn’t true! It is most certainly his fault!) but Rick apologizes and they leave the cave together in a victory.
We WON! What do we get?
Like I said, Parker has done a great job of filling in the obvious gaps in Loeb’s brainless story – but here it just falls a little flat. That combines with the art – especially that horrible cover art by JRJR – this issue gets a C