I know what you’re thinking – A Saturday post? With reviews? What did you do to get such a treat? Well, the honest truth is I am spending a little extra time in the Hulk room today because – my Bowen Hulk variant came in today and I can’t stop admiring it! I will be posting my review of this statue on Monday! But here I need to catch up with a few titles that I have been reading.
First up is the conclusion of the first story arc from the Marvel Now! rebooted Avengers. I am one of the people that had been enjoying the new book – really excited over the prospect of seeing the Hulk in a team dynamic – something that has been impossible for writers to accomplish for a while. It seems that people just did not know how to write the Hulk as a team player. And for good reason – he is not one. Whedon showed the world at large that, in the right circumstances, the Hulk could be one of the greatest weapons any super team could have on their roster.
Unfortunately, instead of seeing the Hulk cut loose and take on any baddie – the villains had, early on, took control of Hulk’s brain and had him take out Thor. My hopes were that we would see the Hulk come back and give some much deserved lashings – but instead, issue #3 sees much of the same, the Hulk is told to take out Hyperion and the two battle it out. Hyperion bests the possessed brute and Banner re-surfaces. Ex Nihilo, who I thought would be a titan-type baddie, an almost Thanos type threat, turned out to be a villain who could be easily swayed when faced with a false God.
It started out real interesting – but ultimately Avengers #3 (W: Hickman, I: Opena, 2013, $3.99) stalemated at the finale. Grade: C
In other comic news – but not so different – Avengers Assemble has been an enjoyable read for it’s first year’s worth of stories! I haven’t really covered any of the issues as of yet – but the Thanos battle was pretty fun and brilliant! If you didn’t read it… shame on you! But in Avengers Assemble #11 (W: DeConnick I: Caselli, 2013, $3.99) the team is faced with trying to calm an infected Hulk – that sounds vaguely familiar – but Spider-woman is up to the task of helping our jade giant! The real issue at hand is that Yun Guang Han is trying to create an army – and he wants the best – luring the Avengers to his lair. Thankfully the team makes short order of him – read it if you want to know how – and off they flew back to NY where the Hulk and Stark held their very own naked parade!
The humor injected into this book is really well done – the team dynamic, almost everything I have been reading of late, is trying to mimic the tone and feel of the Avengers movie. It reminds me of when the Batman movie came out in 89 – all of the Batman comics went dark and gritty. It’s not necessarily a bad thing – but a little variety would be nice too. Hulk doesn’t just have to come in to throw the bad guy around. Grade: B+
Also, for anyone interested, I have taken my chances on a non-Hulk book – something I have not done in years – I started reading Savage Wolverine #1 (W+I: Cho, 2013, $3.99) and I have to tell you, I have been a Cho fan – but really didn’t follow his work to closely, the series is off to a pretty great start! Of course, Cho made it easy on himself – he has one of the most popular characters in comic history and then he puts him into the Savage Land where Cho gets to draw Shanna and Dinosaurs. Two things he is exceptional at! The book is worth the read so far – Grade: B