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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.