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Marvel’s Greatest Comics – Hulk #1 (2010)

Marvel's Greatest Comics?

Really?  Don’t you think it’s a little early to consider this one of the greatest comics that your company puts out?  Yeah – it sold a whole bunch – but sales doesn’t equate greatness.  Time will tell just how memorable this series will be – and I will hedge bets that Loeb will cringe when handed these issues to sign at conventions.  People will say “Will you sign my Hulk #1” and he will respond with “Ugh.  This crap?  I was way too drunk when I wrote this…” and then he will trail off into a story about how he once danced on a bar in a pink tutu for bikers who told him to dance or swallow.  And then he will just start to cry…

Red Hulk #1 (2010) – The Review

Red Hulk #1

What can I say but WOW!  Parker is re-writing some Marvel history – but in a good way.  It’s amazing that everyone writing this storyline can do a fantastic job – except the person who started it… No, no – I will not turn this into a Loeb bashing post… like most of my Hulk posts are today – I will instead focus on the book I am reviewing.  So, the Red Hulk enters an A.I.M. base – where he encounters A-Bomb who has been trailing him on Bruce’s behalf.  While in the base, and while searching for a doomsday device, they encounter the M.O.D.O.C.K. cloning room.  They dissect the clones and harvest the parts in case M.O.D.O.C.K. needs them.  Pretty gross and, I might add, awesome!

Look at the big brain on Brad!

The find the Doomsday device – which happens to be the Hulk Robot.  As they learn about the history we also learn that it was the Mad Thinker who actually created the robot – not the students who claimed they did in the Eternals.  What a great addition to the history of this thing!  But in trying to destroy the robot – the Red Hulk actually activates the thing!  It begins to repeat the incantations that Doom was saying in #606 – and even repeats what A-Bomb and Red Hulk are saying to it then – as well as soaking up cosmic energy from the Red Hulk.  It takes on both of the power houses and tosses them around like rag dolls.

Hulk Robot... all cosmic!

The Leader and M.O.D.O.C.K. appear on the screen to tell the Red Hulk that this has been a set-up the whole time.  The base blows up – and A-Bomb and Red Hulk head back to see Banner.  Banner, who, for the first time, actually seems surprised at the events going on – and isn’t aware of it.  It’s a less “in control” Banner than we have seen in the pages of TIH – I’m not sure how to feel about that exactly, but it works for the issue. 

The Hulk robot takes on the A-Bomb and the Crimson Idiot!

As Banner investigates the disc that holds the history of the Hulk robot – a new, awesome, piece of information is dropped – namely that the actual creator of the robot is none other than GALACTUS!  Big G used to use an automated program to get planets ready for consumption – but then later turned to creating heralds.

Galactus! Bad ASS!

Banner is worried about the amount of power that they have on their side.  He is worries they don’t have enough… and that’s when the Red Hulk drops the bomb about Banner having a daughter – namely… Lyra!

Banner finds out he is a father... for a second time!

So, this issue was full of wonderful surprises!  Like I said, Banner wasn’t acting like he has been in recent issues – but the fact that the Hulk robot was created by Galactus?  I almost crapped myself!  Now, Lyra, as we know, is working with the Leader and M.O.D.O.C.K. – so the Red Hulk actually telling Banner about her and advising that they use her – that could be some sort of trap.  Because while the Red Hulk is against the Leader and M.O.D.O.C.K. – I don’t think he;s totally trustworthy not to screw Banner over later.  Grade: B

Hulk #1 (2008)

 red Hulk 1

Yes, this comes out Wednesday, Yes, I got an advance copy.  Yes, I’m bragging but trying to act all humble about it.

But seriously, this is my review so if you don’t want to know anything stop reading here.  (Spoilers) This comic starts off with Thunderbolt Ross, Iron Man and She-Hulk all looking on as a short-haired Samson reviews the crime site.  Samson explains as we see the Abomination landing in a clearing near a village and fighting a brutal battle against a Green Hulk!  Sampson recounts the gruesome battle saying that they were out for blood.  That the Hulk punched the Abomination so hard it cracked his skull.  And the Hulk didn’t stop there.  Then, the Hulk pulls out a gun and shoots the Abomination multiple times.  The crew stands over the dead body of the Abomination. 

Ross asks if it’s even possible for the Hulk to use a gun.  S.H.I.E.L.D. says they have guns big enough.  Iron Man orders a count of all the weapons in S.H.E.I.L.D. to see if any are missing.  Then, the Winter Guard says that they will take over the case which does not sit well with anyone and a big territory fight breaks out.  (Mainly because Samson started it by punching the Red Guardian in the face) but also cluing us into the fact that they are in Russia.  Ross stops the fighting saying that he found a survivor.  A little girl stumbles out of the wreckage saying the word “Red” in Russian.

We then cut to Rick Jones who wakes up in the middle of a snowy nowhere in the old Bruce Banner uniform (no shirt, no shoes, ripped PURPLE pants) asking himself what he got himself into this time. 

Cut back to Gen Ross and Samson entering a heavily guarded Army base, descending toward a cell where… wait for it… BRUCE BANNER is locked up saying he was waiting for them to come visit.

So, did I like the first issue?  Well, actually I kind of did.  I have to say I’m a bit intrigued.  I’m not sure where Loeb’s going with it – but I’m pretty sure it’s no where good – but I’ll go along for the ride right now.  They make it seem as though Rick Jones is the new Hulk but that would be too obvious and – didn’t they already do that?  Yes, yes they did.  It’s pretty gutsy to kill off the Abomination in the first few panels – but I bet they will bring him back somehow, actually, just in time for say… June 13th?  And even though we didn’t get a glimpse of the Red Hulk yet (except for on the cover) it was great to see the Green Hulk, even though it was in a flashback of Samson’s and not even really him.  McGuinness’ art was… okay.  I can’t say I’m in love with the art, but then again, we haven’t seen him really cut loose with a great fight scene yet.  I’m looking forward to that.  So out of a possible 10?  A 10 being the greatest Hulk book ever – I’ll give this a solid 6.  A 6 with potential.