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Hulk #1 (2014) – The Review

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Let’s put it all on the table, shall we?  Loeb’s very successful but ridiculous and terrible Red Hulk series set off a very difficult time in Hulk history.  The over-hyped series did more damage than any kind of good to the Hulk mythos and it has been a rough voyage since.  The only shining beacon in the rough seas of Hulk issues was the brief stint when Pak returned the monster to us.  Even then, though, the issues were plagued with continuity issues – matching with the unreliable Red Hulk story lines – and focused on cementing Pak’s legacy in the Hulk lore rather than serving up fresh new plots for our emerald friend.

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Then, we were delivered one of the darkest hours our Hulk history with the Aaron Hulk series.  Aaron’s take on the Hulk made Loeb’s whole run look like classic literature.  His insulting and laughable “Crazy Banner” was so moronically juvenile it was a wonder if he was letting a elementary school child ghost write for him.  He did himself no favors when he had Doom doing brain surgery with, what else?  A chainsaw, of course.  Each arc got more and more ridiculous as a drug dealing canine/man gave Hulk the chance to do a “Crank” rip-off and ended with a sub-conscious fight with an intruder inside Banner’s brain.  Yes, this was the darkest hour indeed – I’d love to talk to Aaron someday and ask him just what he was thinking.

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With that series over we were given an genuinely welcoming life line when it was announced that they were going to re-launch the title once again but with Waid at the helm.  Things started off really well and continued strong through the return of Attuma, a time traveling Thor adventure and even a few classic Hulk foes sprinkled into the fray.  But, with every fun idea presented there were plenty of questionable ones still lingering – that, and a revolving door of artists – were weighing heavy on the readers.  Why is Hulk wearing that armor?  Which Hulk are we seeing?  Why isn’t the Hulk talking?  Sadly, none of these questions were answered and Hulk fans were getting restless.

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Waid has recently tweeted that Hulk fans seem to be the hardest to please – is this true?  I know we are a dedicated bunch – but I think what we’re looking for is a writer who seems to understand the character that we have all grown to love so much.  Someone who dips into his history to serve us new and interesting adventures with an evolving Hulk – or at least a reason on WHY he seems to have regressed to a child-like mute monster.  Heck, that was the biggest misgiving I had with Loeb’s writing – he didn’t have things happen for any rhyme or reason – just to boost sales or have a tag line for the next inept issue.  Waid hasn’t been that type of writer though – he’s never been a joke – he writes the slow burn that you wait for the big payoff… and I’d still been willing to wait, except that Marvel has decided to renumber the series once again.

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This time the renumbering makes very little sense – because, other than the new artist on board – the ever consistent Mark Bagley – nothing else has really changed – including the storyline that has Banner being shot in the head.  Ignoring the infuriating and unnecessary new numbering system, the first issue is off to a great start.  I’ve been excited before though – only to be let down by the second or third issue – so I will hold off on any recommendations to the loyal Hulk base out there until further installments – but for those of you looking for a letter grade summary of my thoughts – the issue is a solid A.  I even love the slight twist in the end – and not to give anything away – but mainly I love it because there was a great set-up with a fantastic pay-off.  If you’re reading it – let me know your thoughts – if you’re waiting… I don’t blame you.

P.S. – There is also the blank cover – which I have but don’t haven any sketches yet so I didn’t bother posting the pic of a blank cover.  Also, for anyone not aware there are going to be TWO different exclusive Comic-Con Hulk #1 covers (A Canadian Fan Expo Cover and a Wizard World Minneapolis Cover ) both of which I may have to head to eBay for – unless a generous reader here is heading to one of these cons and wants to pick up a spare for me?  Hint, hint!

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Don’t Forget! Today on the Stands!

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When I have some time to post I will review the new series… yes, I bought it.  I know I have been saying maybe I won’t… but I did.  Reviews coming soon!

In Honor of the First!

I love my TIH #1 – it is the jewel of my collection, I love it more than the air I breathe.  It’s true… But this is not the only #1 in the collection that features the Hulk – so here is a gallery of the #1’s that every Hulk fan should have!

That’s right – Avengers #1.  One of the best, classic and important books in the MU.  Now onto some covers you haven’t seen yet on this site!  First, a bit of history… 1999 was a desperate year for the Marvel heroes – and in an attempt to again grasp their once huge sales they re-numbered their titles – and here are the #1’s from that era.

Hulk #1 - 1999 - Regular Cover

Hulk #1 - 1999 - Sunburst Cover

Hulk #1 - 1999 - Dynamic Forces Gold Foil Variant

Now, there are a few other #1’s that deserve some notice:

Marvel Age Hulk #1

Hulk Unchained #1

Now – more kiddie friendly comics, I’m sure everyone is familiar with the Marvel Adventures titles – and here is the Hulk #1

Marvel Adventures Hulk #1

But before these hit the stands – back in the 90’s Marvel released the Marvel Adventures title before – but the Hulk wasn’t featured in each issue.  He did, however, appear as the first hero featured to launch the title!

Marvel Adventures #1

Now – Here’s a #1 that’s not a Hulk!  But Hulk plays such an important part of the series!  It’s Heroes Reborn: Iron Man #1 – the Hulk variant!  I love this cover – much better than the original, regular cover!

Iron Man #1 - Hulk Variant

Of course the heroes would eventually return to the 616 Universe – and the re-start of the Avengers had a variant “sunburst” cover that featured most of the original members… and Cap.

Heroes Reborn: Avengers #1 - Sunburst Cover

Speaking of the Avengers… and it’s original Members!

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #1

Or how about some reprints?  Marvel LOVES to reprint their older stories, for instance – Upper Deck had a re-print of TIH#1 (1962) with a pretty interesting cover:

Hulk #1 - Upper Deck Variant Cover

And last but not least – a re-print of the first 6 issues, collected in one book, re-coloring the original Grey Hulk as Green.  Released in 1982 – The Incredible Hulk:

The Incredible Hulk #1

 So, I hope you enjoyed the special treat I prepared for you Hulk fans!  Here’s to having a great 2010 – and I will be back on Monday with Hulk collectibles to make you guys drool!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hulk #1 Variants (2008)

Turner Variant

Turner Variant

Let’s be honest – Loeb sucks at writing the Hulk – but the MF knows how to sell books… or does he? Let’s see – the idea of the Red Hulk was said to be Marvel’s idea, not Loeb’s, Loeb just said he could write it. Most people, when asked, admit that they buy the book for the art – not for the story, personally, I buy the book out of loyalty. When you buy a comic for over 15 years month after month you don’t just stop. At least I don’t. Yes, for a few months Hulk was the best selling on-going Marvel title. But if you look here:

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You would see that the Hulk went from selling 133,895 comics in Jan. of 2008 to 87,774 in December. While 87,000 comics is still huge in this market – it’s also a difference of 46,121 comics. In fact, most of the sales are highly inflated – mainly because of variant covers. I have said that I’m not a huge fan of variants – and I’m not – for two reasons mainly. First off – they sell for inflated prices that never hold up. Secondly, it’s just a way to pad sales. So, why is it I have these variants? Well, I went to a few comic shows and they were there – that’s one. And another is my friend Corry will call me up and say – “Hey, I have that Hulk variant #9, do you want it?” – And all I hear is… “I have something Hulk that you don’t have yet so you better buy it” And I do. That’s how it came to me acquiring these two variants. The Keown Hulk cover and the Turner Hulk cover. Keown has it hands down if you ask me – but Turner will be sorely missed and he had such a great style.

Keown Variant

Keown Variant

Good New People…

If those Hulk #1 sketch covers went out of your price range – and unless you had thousands to spend then they were! – Well, Marvel has collected all 100 covers into 1 book coming out soon – click the image for details!

Hulk Trashcan (1998)

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I knew I had this somewhere!  I was searching everywhere (it was in storage) and thought it was lost forever!  Until I came across it in a bin titled: FALL STUFF.  Fall stuff?  I have no idea how this ended up in that bin.  They re-colored the cover to Hulk #1 for this trashcan to make him green.  It looks strange green.  Really strange.