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Catching Up with Tuesday!

Another homage to a Hulk cover... freakin' Spawn...

Another homage to a Hulk cover… freakin’ Spawn…

Yes – it has been a very busy few weeks – for both work and comic readers – but I am happy to say I have caught up and am ready to give off a few of my opinions. Strap yourself in and get ready for them!  So, what’s been happening?  Well, Nova got “Loebed” (I am totally copy writing that term!) while Hulk is making the blue chicks feel all sexy.

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I always like to begin with the latest Hulk because, unlike the last two series, this one is not only readable but it seems to heading somewhere.  I am all for when they bring back some B-Lister enemy and Waid is really pulling out all the stops with the Quintronic Man and now the old FF villain Attuma.  I am going to confess that I was REAL bummed that they didn’t bring back Aquon – this story line was ripe for it! Although, the finale of these issues wasn’t too bad either.  The Indestructible Hulk #5 (W: Waid, I: Yu, 2013, $3.99) has the Hulk’s  presence affected the Rebel Army’s female soldier Mara to the point she was ready to knock boots with Jade Jaws and not ask any questions later.  Attuma’s whole plan was to use magic to control the huge underwater beasts to victory – but the Hulk has never met a huge beast that he didn’t give his best beat-down.  Ultimately, both Hulk and Banner win this one as Bruce leaves with the recipe for a liquid weapon.  Grade: B

Chris Steven's Variant

Chris Steven’s Variant

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And then I read Nova #2 (W: Loeb, I: McGuinness, 2013, $3.99) which sucks all the excitement out of the first issue because we are given what seems like a filler issue. The cliched second issue is filled with a young man just given new powers and he does a lot of yelling and exclaiming as he makes mistakes and explores what his new found powers are.  In the end he sees the Watcher… watching.  Not much to it at all.  Grade: D

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I’ve always liked the idea of the Savage Land – a place that is so  dangerous and primitive that the pampered people (including heroes) dare not take a step onto it!  Of course, rules like that isn’t something Wolverine usually follows.  Many things have happened to Shanna in Wolverine in just 2 short issues (Loeb should call him to ask how to write a compelling, action filled story) and Savage Wolverine #3 (W/I: Cho, 2013, $3.99) is yet another great issue!  The beautiful artwork makes reading the constant battles and bloody action all that much more enjoyable!  Amadeus Cho is on hand in this issue once again to try to help a rare Shanna mis-step.  Only Wolverine does not know it yet and he is ready to guy the whole island!  Grade: A

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Maybe it’s a second issue thing – but Marvel loves to stretch out a story line if they can!  Especially when it’s an “event”.  So Age of Ultron #2 (W: Bendis, P: Hitch, I: Neary, 2012, $3.99) follows in the same vain.  A slower paced issue that gives as a glimpse at a few more living heroes, a look at the severity and brutality of Ultron’s army and a look back at how Spider-Man came to be where he is.  Oh, yeah – and Cap finally stands up.  Hopefully the next issue will pick up the pace!  Grade: C

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I do like how things are progressing in Avengers #8 (W: Hickman, I: Weaver, 2013, $3.99) with the “White Event” creating a new weapon called Starbrand.  A once forgettable, geeky kid who is now responsible for more than 3,000 deaths with his inception.  Right out of the gate he knocks the Hulk into orbit – although the Hulk gets his revenge.  With Captain Universe and Nightmask’s help the boy discovers where he came from.  It comes full circle from where the series started – pretty damn great issue – makes me interested for future issues! Grade: A- 

Hulk #47 (2012) – The Review

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Joey Q came up with a very interesting idea.  Ross, who hates and has hunted the Hulk his whole life, becomes the Hulk himself.  Brilliant!  The execution needed to be handled by someone who knew and cared about the history, respected the character and writes for the love of telling a classic, fantastic story – not for gimmicks.  Unfortunately, they got Jeph Loeb to do it.  The whole brilliant side of what could have been was replaced with one of the worst written pieces of crap storylines introducing the world to a character whose “fan boys” (or at least a great majority of them) would abandon as soon as a better writer came along to add some depth to him.

That is the unfortunate history of Parker’s luck with the Red Hulk.  Parker wasn’t interested in making Red beat up the Silver Surfer (which he had no business doing in the first place) instead he brought the character down to Earth, less powerful and… the only misstep that I see – a hero.  I like the idea that Red was a villain.  With the Abomination gone (for now) Hulk needs a villain that can match his power.

But I digress, still, even with my reservations, this is one of the best written comics in the Marvel line-up today.  This issue sees his daughter, Betty, coming back for a heart to heart – only to be squashed by Betty’s other self.  Meanwhile Zero/One comes back into the fray only this time it’s Red who’s attacking her/it.  I like the idea of a Hulk smashing big monsters – and that’s where this issue leaves us – with the promise of a fantastic beat down with oversized aquatic creatures!  I can’t wait for issue #48.

Grade: B+

Jeph Loeb REALLY Needs to Stop Writing the Hulk…

Here is a preview of Ultimate X coming out next month – written by the ignoble Jeph Loeb.  Ignoble… look it up 🙂

My Tribute to Loeb’s Hulk Series!

Too Much Going On…

Well, at least he knows it...

Well, at least he knows it...

Not to post – so it seems everyone still buying this book (including me) have really done it now… turns out Loeb is smugly announcing the plans for the upcoming Hulk books – not featuring the Hulk – not to mention also premiering a “Red She Hulk” character coming out.  That’s right… all is lost.  With the Hulk book selling like gangbusters Loeb and company actually think this means they have been doing a good job.  They even admit that they have increased the book by a dollar because “how we look at the value of what we’re producing. You may not agree with it, and I totally respect that. We look at the prices and the appropriate value for the content that’s in it.”

That’s right – it says that they look at the content of what they are putting out and agree that the Hulk title is actually worth MORE than other books because of the “quality” storytelling that’s inside.  More like – all the top selling books are now going to cost more.  Man, Marvel is really out to kick their fans right in the naughty beans, huh?

Read more here

Oh good... a female Crimson Idiot... Oh good… a female Crimson Idiot…

The Incredible Hulk #600 (2009) – The Review

The Incredible Hulk #600 McGuiness wrap around cover

The Incredible Hulk #600 McGuiness wrap around cover

Before I even bother with this review, yes – I knew that the Red Hulk’s identity would not be revealed in this issue – in fact, Loeb said in an interview that it would not be revealed until sometime in 2010 – but I’m not holding my breath, we’ve been lied to before.  As in… this is the Hulk’s 600th issue… no matter how you add it up this is not the Hulk’s 600th issue!  It’s either very close to 600 – or over – or not even close.

Alex Ross 50/50 variant

Alex Ross 50/50 variant

Let’s get this over with, shall we?  Already, this comic begins with Ben Urich saying he will never print this story… why couldn’t Loeb have taken a cue from his own writing?  Now, Ben recounts where WWH (another disappointing Hulk story) left off – with Stark shooting the Hulk with the laser (although, it totally forgets to mention that the Hulk TOLD Stark to do so!) and how Ross took Banner away.  Then Urich meets She Hulk in a parking garage where she asks him to look into who the Red Hulk is.  He agrees to look into it – and he also brings Peter Parker with him to take photos.  Samson meets up with everyone holding radiation suite for Parker and Urich – he also has short hair and keeps mentioning that they have to move before “he” comes back.  As they go through the sewers and make it inside Gamma Base where we see A-Bomb (missing since issue #6), Ross (same), M.O.D.O.C.K. (what? when did?  what the?) and Banner (when was he captured?).

Samson - sweating like a bastard...

Samson - sweating like a bastard...

Bad Samson - Long Hair means "Bad" apparently...

Bad Samson - Long Hair means "Bad" apparently...

Suddenly Samson says “HE” is coming and She Hulk looks to see Samson is now long-haired and he says “Good Doctor is out – Bad Doctor is in!”  (I want to stop reading here – drive to Loeb’s house and ask for my money back – ALREADY!)  Well the two start to brawl but MODOCK puts a quick end to that but that’s when Urich comes face to face with the Red Hulk.  As the Crimson Idiot is reaching for Urich Spiderman saves the day.  There is a pretty funny Watchmen reference – I admit, I laughed – I won’t spoil it though.  Spiderman takes on the Red Hulk in a huge splash page (I know, a splash page in Hulk?  McGuiness is doing splash pages?  Crazy talk!)  Anyways, MODOCK, in an attempt to shoot Spiderman accidentally releases A-Bomb.

The Crimson Idiot vs Spiderman

The Crimson Idiot vs Spiderman

Hulk finally appears... in his own freakin issue.

Hulk finally appears... in his own freakin issue.

The Red Hulk finally catches Spiderman only to be seen by Banner who is in a Luke Skywalker type bubble bath and he hulks out to help Spiderman.  The Hulks face off and slam into a wall that opens the gamma core and starts a meltdown.  Then, in the most brilliantly asinine plot device, the Red Hulk uses his made up “absorbing” power that was just introduced in the last issue of the Hulk to completely drain the Hulk right out of Banner.  The Red Hulk then states “Bruce Banner can never turn into the Hulk again”  (This is where I wanted to drive to Loeb’s house, ask for my money back, buy the comic from him, then ask for my money back all over again)  If he could have done this before – then why did he try to kill the Hulk with a gun in issue #4?  Why didn’t he just drain him then?  Or how about when when he killed the Hulk in issue #10?  Why didn’t he just drain him then?  Why?  WHY?  What kind of sense does any of this make?

The Crimson Idiot absorbs the Hulk right out of Banner

The Crimson Idiot absorbs the Hulk right out of Banner

As Gamma Base is about to blow Spiderman saves Urich, A-Bomb saves Banner, and the Crimson Idiot stays with She Hulk and Samson as the place blows sky-high!  This non-event issue ends with Urich being confronted by The Crimson Idiot in the parking garage where She Hulk first met up with him.  He tells him to bury the story – and then gives goes into a diatribe about the Hulk destroying buildings in his rampages – and what if he did it to a building that housed the people Ben Urich cared about.  Is that supposed to be a reason to bury the story?  Was it a threat?  Who knows?  Urich says there is a war coming.  All I know is that the Hulk’s landmark premature 600th issue had the Hulk in only 4 pages.  4.  And then was defeated and killed off.  Again, the Hulk was killed in his own book in less than a few months.

A-Bomb saves Banner

A-Bomb saves Banner

Onto the grade… what can I say?  I could care less who the Crimson Idiot is at this point – the whole story has lost my interest and this issue didn’t spark any more interest.  I read out of loyalty and that is it.  I wish I cared more.  Who knows Loeb may surprise everyone in the end – but I doubt this will pan out positively.  Grade: D

Sale 1/25 Variant

Sale 1/25 Variant

The New Gimmick – Heading Our Way!

Defenders vs Offenders

Defenders vs Offenders

After the terrible Fixit cameo in the last story we have a new gimmicky storyline to look forward to in Hulk #10.  Here we see the Defenders against the “Offenders”  Wow, Offenders, huh?  That sounds… like a terrible name!  What’s their tagline “Prepare to be… offended!”  Yeah, well, already there pal.