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Acquisition Monday!

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I gave a quick glimpse of this figure before – but here is a more detailed look at the Marvel Legends Red-She Hulk (2013, $19.99).  The card says “Hulkettes” on it and that’s because the variant for this figure (when it hit shelves) will be Lyra – the daughter of Thundra and Hulk.  I am sort of glad they are splitting this wave between the two rather than flooding the pegs with both ladies in the same wave. I know some of you have already commented on the fact that you are not picking this up because you don’t like the character but, to me, it is a part of Hulk history so I did.

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Red She Hulk (real quick side note – I am amazed that fan boys who still call the Red Hulk “Rulk”, as annoyingly ridiculous as that sounds, never started calling this character “Shrulk”) comes with a huge-ass sword that’s almost as tall as she is.  The sculpt is quite good – I see the articulation is just as good as it is on pretty much all ML lately.  Overall, this is a decent figure to add to the collection – only if you’re as die hard as me – or an actual fan of the character.  Grade: B-

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Hulk will now be about… Red SHE-Hulk

The fact that Red was given his own title was bad enough – but now the focus will be switched to the Red She Hulk – a character that is even worse than Red himself.  Click on the link for more info.

The Incredible Hulks #629 (2011) – The Review

The Incredible Hulks #629

The Good: I… I… ummm… Man, I am real conflicted with this issue.  I was giving it a real chance and was even a fan of the whole “Bond” theme.  But this issue – as it kind of wrapped up… left me without a whole lot of “Good” to talk about.  I did like that Tyrannus finally came out as a true villain again.  Up until now he wasn’t DOING much but he finally had an upperhand he was happy with – enough that he tried to take the Hulk on.

Red Blood? I could have sworn... nevermind

I was also excited that the urn was broken open and we got to see what was inside – only to be sort of underwhelmed with what it did… which was nothing, really.  The Hulk, of course, took care of it and it was great to see Pak actually have the Hulk do something that wowed people – but the celebration is short-lived.

Hulk saves the day - by inhaling...

The Bad: See, here’s the thing, I’m really aggravated with the whole Red Hulk saga and how people have bought into it.  It’s frustrating to see Marvel give the Red Hulk his own series and continue to make the Hulk share his spotlight – with none other than the Red She Hulk.  Who, I might be mistaken here – but I don’t recall anyone saying it – doesn’t have the fan base that even Red Hulk has.  Betty Banner is a great character – but Red She Hulk… is not.  And now, according to the issue, Betty is gone.  But even worse – when the world needed help – help for a mess that SHE was responsible for creating – she asked the Hulk to walk away!  WTF?  Walk away and let other people deal with it?  SHE’S one of the parties involved in getting the urn in the wrong hands – and then blames the Hulk when he goes back to finish the job… what is THAT all about?

And, can Marvel finally decide on what color Hulk’s blood is?  Is it green?  It has been – and just recently!  But in this issue it’s red!  I would buy that it is green – but we need to keep it consistent – something Marvel has issues with.  I am a fan of the bittersweet ending – but these issues leave a sour taste in my mouth – he keeps getting the short end of the stick and doesn’t really “win”.  This is one of the main problems with the Hulk having others to rely and watch over.  If something happens to one of them – the character Hulk feels bad – but the readers are left wondering why they should care.

Betty's gone... for good... then again - Cho thought Talbot was the real thing

Conclusion:  I like Pak – I think his writing on many of his series has been interesting and fun – but… I think his final issues of the Hulk are lackluster thus far.  I want to think that he is building up to an amazing swan song – something that will make people re-evaluate this whole second run.  Let’s just call it “my first impression” grade.  I’ll have another chance to look back at it after Pak wraps things up – but for now – Grade: D

The Incredible Hulk #609 (2010) – The Review

TIH #609

So, I am pretty sure this is supposed to take place AFTER Hulk #22 – although it’s not exactly clear.  But Bruce is in the “dream” world the Leader has drawn the 8 smartest men into.  Bruce lives there with Betty, their children and the other geniuses.  When the Hellicarrier is attacked, the Leader asks the Red She Hulk to take care of that while he has “Talbot” make a speech about these new hulked out heroes, and how they have gone insane.  But we see the hulked out soldiers attacking the capitol.  That is, until A-Bomb and Korg come to help fight them.  Not to mention Skaar.

Skaar... he's good to have on your team!

Meanwhile, Bruce is still in the “dream” world where Doom asks Bruce if he finds anything strange.  He says that the others are all getting dumber – but that he has something that might hold the answer – a gauntlet that he can summon that he believes will help them.  Banner takes the gauntlet home and sees the other side – his son, Skip – or Skaar getting beaten by the hulked out heroes.  Skaar uses the Old Power to fight back – and A-Bomb saves him by stepping in front of a blast – but says they need to get Bruce.  Skaar throws A-Bomb to the hellicarrier where Bruce is.

Don't name your child "Skip" - they will get pissed!

Bruce is happy.  That’s all he cares about.  He doesn’t want to know the truth.  Even when Doom comes asking, Bruce denies everything.  He has Betty, a family, the Hulk is dead.  He is happy.  But Doom touches Skip and he turns into Skaar.  Skaar attacks – Bruce heads to the lab to try to find a cure for his son – Skaar still smashes.  Doom tells Bruce to turn the Gauntlet on so that they can go home.  Bruce refuses – until Betty comes out of no where – like Arnold in Commando – and kills Skaar.  Bruce sees his dead son.  Betty says that they should just go home – that they will go to sleep and when they wake everything will be perfect again.  Bruce says he wants the real Betty – and he turns the gauntlet on.

Can Betty ever stay alive? Is it possible?

Bruce awakens in the real world to find the Red She Hulk fighting A-Bomb – and Doom up to his old tricks – trying to steal all of the other’s minds.  But Bruce, being the sneaky bastard he is, turns the tables on Doom – frying his brain and restoring everyone Else’s.  Doom goes to attack – but Red She Hulk comes to the rescue.  She tries to tell Bruce something – but Skaar comes out of no where, protecting Bruce, and stabbing the Red She Hulk – and turns back into her other self… Betty Ross.

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The issue certainly moves along fast.  Much faster and better than this whole “Fall of the Hulks” crap.  They finally are getting the story interesting – but I am going to look forward to some self contained issues.  No more of these “event” stories.  Each one seems to get worse than the next.  This issue is a step up – but let’s finish this off already.  Grade: B