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Hulk #9 (2014) – The Review

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Tell all of your friends, tell anyone you can, if they have ever read and enjoyed the Hulk then they should give the book another try because it’s just plain awesome.  One of the things I try to gauge when reading an issue is am I looking forward to the next issue and Duggan serves that feeling up in spades.  No matter any plot holes that there may be it’s easy to look past them and focus on the pure energy and entertainment of these issues.  Duggan is kicking serious ass on this series and no one should be missing out.  Just like Planet Hulk, I think this will go down in Hulk history as fun must-read!  Let’s get into the good stuff, shall we?  As always, spoilers abound – so stop reading if you don’t want to be in the know.

Hulk #9
W: Duggan
A: Bagley

Doc Green comes banging on Kitty Pryde’s door. He needs her to do the impossible. Take out the Extremis that Stark put in there to save Banner.  Kitty takes on this task with a lot of humor and succeeds in pulling out the mass.  This sets off a massive bleed in Hulk’s brain, excruciating as it is though, Hulk survives it and thanks the girls.  He leaves with another funny moment and we go back to Doc Green’s lab.  He needs some rest.  As we all know though, this isn’t going to be easy as every time Doc goes to sleep Banner takes over.

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Sure enough Banner, doing his best Travis Bickle, starts to try and figure things out – including how to escape the lab.  Doc has thought of everything though, and has the A.I. explaining that it’s best he let Doc Green take back the reigns.  When Banner refuses Doc drops the news that if he doesn’t he will kill Betty Banner.  Bombs are hidden in her house and he will detonate them.  Banner concedes and Doc is back.  We learn that he isn’t the kind of Hulk who bluffs as the bombs detonations are paused.

Doc’s dreams are little psychotic snippets of a future filled with super-hero parts, bloodied and beaten, lain all over.  We even see a scared Rick Jones questioning the motives.  There isn’t any.  I horrific look into the future where Maestro is taking over the Hulk.  Only, what should have scared the pants off of Doc Green only makes him more curious… and of course makes him want to grow a beard.  Holy crap.

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This is a quick read – one of the more sedated issues with no real action going on but still a lot is happening.  It’s a ride and a half and Duggan is taking this Doc Green right to the edge.  While you’re excited that this incarnation is taking care of business and making the gamma-family disappear (thank goodness) he’s also definitely not a hero.  He is terrifying and doesn’t seem to want to reason or debate his motives.  He will succeed in what his mission is and no one will sway him from that.  Grade: A+  Go buy this book!

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Hulk #9 (2008) – The Review

Hulk #9 - Frank Cho Cover

Hulk #9 - Art Adams Cover

I was going to make you wait for this – but since they brought it out before the holiday the least I could do is post it by the end of the week.

Let me start off by saying – this issue? – Not so bad.  At least not AS bad.  So, get comfortable, here we go…

The Hulk jumps into the fight with the Wendigos.  They attack and begin to bite the Hulk while Ms. Marvel and Sentry fix the Mile High Tower.  Back at the Wendigo fight, Moon Knight says “When you all revert back to being people — assuming you are going to revert back–” (that’s supposed to be a premonition of sorts).  Then one of the worst things happen – Hulk turns into a Wendigo himself – calling himself a WendiHulk (yeah – that’s bad but the idea is kind of cool) Sentry comes flying in to save the day and fight the WediHulk, too bad that it’s not interested in fighting, but eating the Sentry instead.  Ms. Marvel calls Brother VooDoo in to help.  Brother VooDoo basically stabs Moon Knight and does a little spell and BAM everyone is fixed.  The naked people stand around confused, barfing, naked, and remembering everything they did.  So, this story, as hacky and terrible as it is in explaining anything – like what happened that the Wedigo curse changed?  Why did Hulk change from grey to green?  But you know what?  It wasn’t as terrible as the first arc.  I’ll be generous here and give it a C-

Now, since the book is still broken into two seperate stories we still have a Red story to deal with.  We join the Lady Liberators as they take on Red.  At first Red is swatting them like flies but then She-Hulk gets an advantage and the ladies start to get the better of him.  The Invisible Woman creates a force feild around Red’s head so that he can’t breathe.  Storm throws a lightning bolt into the bubble and knocks Red out.  Instead of taking him bach or putting him into a cell they say let’s wait till he reverts back.  Well, bad idea because most of the ladies start to leave and Red gets up without transforming and grabs Thundra and takes off.  Red tells Thundra that he wants to recruit her – because she’s the only one with a killer instinct.  Thundra contacts She-Hulk to let her know she’s alright but doesn’t tell her about the deal she made with Red.  So, this… wasn’t THAT bad either I give it a C- as well.

The whole book really needs to be turned back into a one-story book.  Give the Red his own book!  The whole book still reads pretty shoddy – pick it up if you’re loyal, like me, but it’s time to put Loeb out to pasture.  How much more can he screw up these stories?  He’s telling about things but never telling us why or how or who.  It’s just frustrating is all.

Hulk #9 - Art Adams Cover

Hulk #9 - Frank Cho Cover