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The Incredible Hulks #617 (2010) – The Review

Incredible Hulks #617

Oh Betty - you are so wise!

Pak has done some wonderful storytelling with the Hulk.  He gave us Planet Hulk.  He even made me warm up to Skaar.  But he was always pushing it with Hiro – and here is the final arc – the final showdown with the murderous villain known as Hiro: Other The Lesser Known and even Less Accepted Son of Hulk.  When we last left Hiro and Hulk, Skaar had just re-materialized after being blown up – ready to take Hiro down.

K’ai is dangerously close to the Earth – ready to collide any moment – and Skaar and Hiro are just trading Old Power blast blows.  Bruce is trying to save any of the innocents still around by teleporting them out of harm’s way – but he only sees thousands of K’ai people throwing themselves into the liquid magma of K’ai’s core.  Hiro thinks this is destiny, what the Old Power brings out in people.  Bruce sees the power of Worldmind and he gets to work in healing the people of K’ai.

Skaar shows Hiro how their mother showed love...

Skaar’s battle with this brother is FAR from over and they continue to trade blows.  Skaar grabs a hold of Hiro and shows him the past actions of thier mother.  When Caiera banished Skaar off of Sakaar.  He tells Hiro that he has changed – and that Hiro can do the same.  Banner saves the people of K’ai with the Worldmind’s help.  Bruce is teleported back to Hiro and Skaar where it’s Hiro’s turn to show what his past was like.  But as he shows them he hears none o the words his mother once said to him.  And for a good reason.  It was all a dream.  A lie that he convinced himself of so that he could live with what he has done.  Hiro freaks out but this time Skaar seals him inside of a rock cocoon.

Hiro accepts his fate...

K’ai is so close to the Earth that there is only seconds to react when Bruce notices.  They release a blast that turns K’ai off of it’s course and it narrowly misses the Earth.  As Banner looks to Hiro again, looking to get him home, the Worldmind tells him that he will stay on K’ai – to try and heal the planet again.  The stoneship takes the Hulk family back to Earth.  On the way back Betty rushes to Hulk to congratulate him on saving everyone.  Hulk looks back and says “Everyone?” and lashes out at Betty, screaming in her face.  She Hulk tries to console her – but Betty Hulks out and says “Some people are meant to be alone.”

Hulk - are you really still whining?

This is a touching way to end the storyline.  Bruce and his “family” wins – but not really as Bruce had to leave his other son behind.  The arc resonates with classic Hulk tales and you have the sweet with the sour – the only real lacking thing is – well, Hiro.  Hiro was such an uninteresting character.  We saw him help destroy world after world and learn about his father and even enslave an entire planet to carry out his plans of destruction – yet it still was hard to connect with him.  I wanted to hate the character – but all I was left with was boredom.  Like I said – it ended almost perfectly – I just could have cared less about Hiro.  Grade: B-

The Incredible Hulks #613 (2010) – The Review

Incredible Hulk #613

So, we’re going to have to do a little catch up here.  I was planning a huge review on the life of Hiro-Kala, Hulk’s other son, but with this new storyline, I may have to do it a lot sooner than I thought.  See, really quick here, Hiro is Skaar’s twin brother.  He witnessed everything that happened on Sakaar – he witnessed the great devourer, Galactus, destroy his home.  And in one of the coolest twists – he then lured Galactus to another world for him to devour – except this time he poisoned the big G.  It was quite the moment.  Anyways, Hiro then set out to find his brother – but landed on K’ai – Jarella’s world.  Hiro saved the planet – with the assistance of the Worldmind – a mystical force on the planet.  But Worldmind also sees Hiro’s true intent and he tries, unsuccessfully, to help Hiro see the error of his ways.  Instead Hiro enslaves the whole planet and heads to Earth to confront his brother and long lost father…

Hiro is a bad... BAD man

Whew!  Now, we join the Hulk gang where we last left them.  With Hulk and Betty fighting it out.  But Skaar suddenly feels the presence of his brother.  Hank, Reed, Stark and Cho all are alerted to a new planet in our solar system.  Betty continues to press Bruce’s buttons in telling him that his son is the biggest Monster on the planet – the Hulk comes back with – “No, I am.”

The Brothers back together soon...

In the midst of the fight former Cap and Cho show up with a rocket.  They ask the Hulk to take the lead and to get in the rocket and check out the new planet, that the Hulk happens to know very well, that has appeared in our solar system.  In one of the best scenes ever in a Hulk comic, the Hulk considers the opportunity.  “You want me to get into a shuttle.  So you can shoot me into space.”

Cap and Cho - trying to talk Hulk into another shuttle...

Cho tries to explain that it’s legit – but the Hulk looks to Skaar – and Skaar pleads for his father not to do it with a simple “no”.  The Hulk destroys the shuttle.  Rick asks why they didn’t help Cap – and Betty says to ask Skaar.  Meekly Skaar tells his father why the planet appeared – and who is on it.  The Hulk slams his fist on the ground.  “ANOTHER Son…” but Skaar corrects him “No… another monster.”

Another Monster... on the way...

Holy Hell!  Could this get anymore exciting?  This is what reading comics is all about!  Pak really shows you what the build up of Planet Hulk, Skaar and Hiro, everything was all for!  He’s even taken the horrid writing of Loeb’s Red Hulk opus and made it work!  Thank you Pak – you have me riveted!  Grade: A