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The Incredible Hulk #2 (2011) – The Review

Swallowing the Hulk... not in the dirty way...

I don’t think there has ever been another comic that takes a turn for the worst faster than this relaunch has.  The first issue was somewhat intriguing – and the following issue takes a dump on the fans.  Amazingly, in EVERY SINGLE ASPECT of comics in general!  Let’s break it down:

Deodato Variant

Art: The cover is misleading as it says Silvestri when in fact pencils and inks were done on this book by – ready for this – 10 different artists.  10!  Double digits!  That’s a belly-aching amount of doughnuts (I know from experience) let alone artists on a single book!  So, let me get this straight, Silvestri, who isn’t even staying on for 3 whole issues, can’t complete these issues on his own.  He has to call in a whole team to do his job.  What does that add up to?  Only a terrible looking, mish-mosh of pages cobbled together.

Red She Hulk...

Story: Yeah, the story WAS interesting but also walked a very fine line of either glory… or falling into an abyss that shows off the writers inability to tackle such a complex character like the Hulk.  Aaron, has fallen – and fallen hard.  I could buy Banner as a bad guy – especially if written the way Pak did, where Banner was doing what he did for what he thought was the greater good – much like how the best villains are written.  But Aaron makes Banner into a raving loony.  Plain and simple – and that’s just boring as hell to read.

Boy - Silvestri's style sure changes page to page!

Price: Do I really need to say anything here?  $3.99 for a less than mediocre 20-page comic?  We’re getting ripped off – by at least $4

1:200 Colorless Cover Variant

Variants: I know I have pretty harsh thus far – so let me just say the one nice thing I can about this issue – it has, hands down, one of the coolest variant covers EVER.  Deodato makes you wish for his days back on the book in one simple homage to Iron Man #128.  Now that that has been said – the rest is all downhill… again.  See, there are 2 variants for this issue.  The 1:50 Deodato – and the colorless 1:200 cover.  Are you freaking kidding me??!?!?  I felt ripped off when issue #1’s “rare” variant was the colorless cover (I know that Marvel calls them sketch covers – but let’s be honest here – they are regular covers without color.  That’s it.) but now I was not only insulted – but actually angered enough to ask my LCS to no longer pull any “sketch” covers for me.  Not only are the covers unimpressive – but the colorless covers make the image that much more boring.

Two rarest covers thus far... how... unimpressive.

Overall Grade: F.  Is F the lowest I can give this issue?  Is F- a real thing?  I don’t think so – but I am giving it a F- anyways.

Not Even a Trade’s Worth…

Portacio - coming to a title near YOU!

It has been a wild ride!  But not really – Marvel announced that the newly announced Silvertri/Aaron super group on the Hulk will be no longer as Silvestri hands over the title to Portacio.  Really, Mark?  you couldn’t even last a mere 6 issues at least?  Oh well – this can only be good news as NOT ONE other site thought that Silvestri’s work was anything to be excited about.

The Incredible Hulk #1 (2011) – The Review

T*NEW*IH #1

What to get into first?  I have so much to share!  I was lucky enough to have the morning off and planned to get to the LCS before it opened – waiting outside the door until they opened the doors, rush inside and get my issues.  But it was raining – so I just waited in my car until the neon “OPEN” sign came on and then strolled into the shop.  No rushing needed – as I was the only one there.  But that’s alright – I was still excited!  I knew there were quite a number of variants to get – 7 covers in all – and I had the manager putting them aside for me – so I wasn’t worried about getting them all.  But I was interested in picking up quite a number of blank covers because I am working on something… secret right now!

#1 with Super Rare Sketch Variant

So, what do I discuss first here?  Story?  Art?  The variants?  Let’s start with just that – the variants!  The regular cover has become well known now as it’s the same art that was used in all of the promotion for the re-launch.  My favorite cover is the 1:15 Ladronn Hulk cover.  The sheer intensity of the illustration screams out “Hulk!”  Another – the Neal Adams cover – is a cool idea but I think the face sort of ruins the whole cover.  Portacio’s art is… what it is – a decent cover.  Some say it’s a “3 per retailer” variant – and others have it listed as a 1:15.  Either way, I have it.  The Keown variant – a 1:50 – is an amazing shot… of the Hulk’s foot.  I know what he was going for here – but it doesn’t work.

1:50 Keown Variant

The rarest variant of them all is the 1:100 sketch cover.  I HATE that.  A black and white version of the regular cover?  What genius!  And by genius I mean loser.  But yes, I have that one too…

Neal Adams!

My favorite variant:

1:15 Ladronn Variant

The story is an interesting one – I didn’t read very much of the Fear Itself event – didn’t really interest me – but I do know that the Hulk and Banner were separated.  Aaron has made a curious and enthralling debut with the Hulk being asked to stop the one thing more dangerous than himself – and that’s… himself.  Or, his other self.  Banner.  He’s asked to stop Banner.  Banner looks as though he’s gone a little batty – trying to make himself another Hulk.

1:15 Portacio Variant

A few years ago we could have all said “That was a unique set of circumstances that could not be duplicated – Hulk is one of a kind” but of course, that is all ruined now (thanks Joey Q and Loeb – please, do me a favor, punch yourselves in the face) because MODOK and the Leader created the Red Hulk – who is basically the same character – just red.  So why can’t Banner?  But whatever – like I said, Aaron has written an interesting jumping on point.

Silvestri does not impress me with the art - there are a few good shots - but the majority is not good

The art – I wasn’t so jazzed about.  Silvestri is a great artist, don’t get me wrong, but he’s NOT a great Hulk artist.  There are some great looking pages – and others… not so much.  I did dig the Dr. Moreau feeling that Banner’s lab had to it – but I was underwhelmed with the issue’s art overall.  And that’s all I will really say about that.

Another Good Hulk Shot

Now, the Hulk has been separated from Banner a few times before – under Byrne he became a mindless raging monster – and under PD he is much pretty much as he is here – only now, he’s going to stop Banner!  It’s something I didn’t think I’d ever see.  It’s certainly an interesting premise.  So, should you guys bother picking this issue up?  Absolutely – buy it – buy it NOW!  I’m thinking we’re in good hands with Aaron.  Grade: B+

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