Tag Archives: Wolverine

Fantastic Four Monsters Unleased Trade Paperback (1992)

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I think there are times when you should totally get the monthly issues as well as any of the trades available.  I must admit – this story, to me, is one of the more underrated Fantastic Four stories.  In fact, if you ask a regular comic reader I bet half wouldn’t even know about this incarnation of the FF.

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But yes, there as a time in comic history where three of the FF was missing and a new foursome had to form to face a new threat.  The pairings seemed like an odd choice at the time but were probably the most popular characters at Marvel at the time.  Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ghost Rider and the Hulk.

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Not just any Hulk but the grey Hulk – the Las Vegas bouncer Mr Fixit!  Also one of the more memorable features is that this story arc is drawn by the uber talented Art Adams!  My copy of the trade was signed by the artist a few years ago at Boston Comic Con.

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Originally these issues were so popular they went into the rare second printing.  While that is a common place practice now second printings didn’t just happen.  I am lucky enough to have issue #347 and am looking to add #348 when I find it.

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In Case You Missed It… Round 13

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Yes, Old Man Logan has had the Maestro for the past few months – and although I disagree with the ending – don’t worry, no spoilers, It was still a fun ride.  Also the Hulk is appearing in the so-so Infinity Wars so pick up issues 4 & 5,  Also, Sleepwalker – he’s in that too.  Man, he’s just everywhere now that he’s back!

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Don’t forget issues 2 & 3 of the new Fantastic Four series also has this cameo:

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Weapon X Dorbz (2017)

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It’s funny how last year seemed to be the year of Wolverine as far as toys and collectibles go but he was MIA in the comics.  There was a rumor floating around – one that was somewhat substantiated later – that the Head of Marvel made the characters that weren’t under the MCU umbrella disappear from the comics.  One way or another.  The FF was put into another dimension.  Wolvie was “killed” off.  It was an obvious, albeit childish, reaction to not having some of their most popular characters not in their control on the big screen.

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Of course, I’m not sure exactly what happened but I do know that I was all too excited when they made Logan appear in his Weapon X gear in X-Men: Apocalypse.  I love the storyline of Logan hooked up to all the doohickeys and gadgets – his appearance something out of nightmares – completely out of his head and violent!  Even funnier is when they decided to make a Dorbz from that moment.  The pudgy little blob decked out in the gear Logan had to suffer through makes it both really sad and kind of hilarious!

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Hulk Appearances – Volume 6: Warheads #9

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I’ve read this issue and I have to tell you… I still don’t know what it’s about.  I have no idea what happened or even a remote idea of the story being told.  I do know one thing – the Hulk is not the Hulk – it’s a Hulk Robot.  That’s obvious when 90’s ponytail future guy kicks his head off.  I think the people in the issue are trying to kill Wolverine?  Or maybe not?  I have no idea.

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It’s not like they tried to keep the Hulk being a robot a secret though – as you can see on the cover – the blue circles show the hints that the Hulk on the inside pages are not, in fact, the actual Hulk.  Either way – you can skip this issue.  It’s pretty much scratchy nonsense.

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Thunder Clap No
Mind Control No
Funny Nickname No
Hero vs. Hero No – Since it was a robot
“Hulk Smash!” No

TRU Exclusive MU She Hulk/Wolverine 2-Pack (2012)

She Hulk / Wolverine 2-pack

The only thing I was looking for in the TRU exclusive 2-packs was this She Hulk and Wolverine.  She Hulk has been re-painted with just a purple leotard – although I wish it was her FF outfit.  I know that wouldn’t make sense with the comics that these figures are based off of.  That would be the X-Men vs The Avengers – the first time… not this last one that was sort of a let down – at least in the Hulk department.  Overall, a decent re-paint and a re-issue of Wolvie in his brown duds.

She’s ready to re-create that scene from Flash Dance

The Incredible Hulk #12 (2012) – The Review

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The fundamental issue with Aaron’s run is that he doesn’t seem to understand what makes the Hulk so great – that and he obviously isn’t up to speed on Hulk history.  If he were, up on the history, he would know how foolish the ending of issue #12 sounds.  But let’s not get to that yet – how is the rest of the issue, you might ask, if you’ve never read any of my other reviews before.  Surprisingly though, this issue had a few cool moments – but mostly felt to be struggling to  shock the reader.

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Now, the Wolverine vs Hulk match up has been a favorite since it’s very inception in TIH #181.  This two-some solidified it’s popularity thanks to Todd McFarlane’s TIH #340, where he has, arguably, drawn one of the most vicious and bloody battles between the two.  That was the grey Hulk though – this is the green.  Wolvie can’t take the green Hulk on any level.  Either can the Thing for that matter – a battle that Hulk has faced numerous times as well.  At least the Thing can take a punch from the emerald beast!  But maybe the two together can take Hulk down?  That’s the premise of Aaron’s new issue.

Those claws don’t seem like a good idea anymore – do they Wolvie?

The only problem, and I see it as a glaring one, is that the Thing has taken on the Hulk usually with his mutated cohorts in the Fantastic Four – most of whom are stronger and could easily beat Wolverine in a battle.  Yes, even Reed.  So how does the government think sending these two in to take the Hulk down will work?  Obviously the wrong people are making the tough decisions…

I can’t say the issue is a total waste, as I said before, there are some fun moments, like the Hulk ripping of part of Thing’s face and taking Wolvie’s claws and making him give himself a lobotomy.  Pretty great stuff!  But overall the issue was lacking – mainly because the Hulk told the two “heroes” about the little robotic thing injecting him in the back – and they did nothing to stop it.  Most of the time, when fighting the Hulk, they try to find a way to calm him down – not just keep attacking, which only makes him angrier.  You’d think Grimm and Logan could do a simple thing like crush the thing that was sticking the Hulk in the back.  I don’t think I even need to mention – the Hulk getting stuck with a needle?  How did the Hulk’s skin become to easily penetrable?

Hulk tears off Things face… granted – that was pretty awesome.

My biggest issue with this… issue is the end.  Bruce Banner says he has “finally” found a cure for the Hulk.  After all these years – he’s finally found a cure.  Did Aaron not read the Hulk at all?  He’s been cured so many times now – not to mention – he was cured not even 2 years ago!  Did he not read the Red Hulk series where Bruce was no longer the Hulk?  I mean, I know I wish I could forget it – but still… it was two freakin’ years ago!  But even before that Bruce had been cured of the Hulk so many times it was becoming laughable that he still thought of the Hulk as a curse!

So you have Banner acting like a nut – creating more monsters on an island – the Hulk “killing” Banner at the heart of a gamma bomb, and now Banner (who never  died – even for an issue) collecting all this mystical stuff to create a “cure”.  Let’s forget that science created the Hulk – not magic – so science should be able to cure him too.  Whatever – Aaron is an idiot when it comes to the Hulk.  Dude can’t write a simple story without shooting himself in the foot. Grade: F

The Incredible Hulk #603 (2009) – The Review

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Skaar the Bad-ass!

Skaar the Bad-ass!

Last we left the gruesome two-some they were in a comic shop and Wolverine came up ready to fight (how many places can Wolverine be?  He’s in Hulk with his dark costume – in TIH in his yellow/blue costume – how many Wolverine’s are there?)  And we begin with Skaar flattening Wolvie into the ground.  He then jumps off and meets up with Daken , Wolverine’s son – now I don’t know too much about him – haven’t followed the character – but he seemed a bit redundant and kind of bored me to hell.  The entire issue was a fight between these two – but some interesting things happened.  For example, Skaar and  Daken discuss how they are alike – “You were raised by Monsters – I was raised by assassins”) it was kind of silly – but at that point Skaar transforms back into the small child that he did in the last issue.  As this happens Daken uses this moment to try and kill him – Banner comes to the rescue. 

TIH #603 "Zombie" Variant

TIH #603 "Zombie" Variant

TIH #603 "SHS" Variant

TIH #603 "SHS" Variant

Actually, about Bannner, Pak has really re-established Banner as a no nonsense guy not to be messed with.  I mean, if you look at the original comics, Banner was a nice guy – but he seemed all business and cold.  There was a time when Banner was written as a scared, bumbling side to the personality – but Pak has shown the side of Banner that I think has been missing for years – and I like it!  Some of the best parts of this issue is Logan and Banner sharing a beer watching their kids “bond”.  What about you guys?  How do you feel?

Daken vs Skaar

Daken vs Skaar

But like I said – Banner comes to the rescue.  Or more like he throws Wolverine through the window at Daken.  Skaar comes back and the battle continues between Skaar and Daken – and Daken is winning.  His claws actually take away healing factors – and right as Daken is going to go for the kill Bruce holds his Old Power gun to Wolverine’s head.  He Daken that he will shoot and kill Wolverine – and when Daken scoffs Bruce goes into how he thinks the Hulk was created to protect the world from him.

The heroes part ways and and as the story closes we see that the father and son are being monitored… by the Leader!  Hulk*gasm!

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I remember his head being bigger...

As much as I like Pak’s writing, I really want to know where this story is going – after just 3 issues the story already feels a bit stagnant – I just don’t want to see a monthly “Skaar vs ….” title.  I am certainly enjoying this more than the other title – and think that it’s crazy that this title doesn’t outsell Hulk – but I have to remember that most people are idiots and choose flash over substance 🙂 no offense to the idiots out there!  Now, the other thing is that this issue has a few different artists working on the same issue – it’s a bit distracting.  I’d like one artist on each issue.  Having different styles from page to page takes you out of the story – at least it does for me.  Anyways, still interesting and great – just still missing the Hulk.  Although… that is until I read Hulk: The List!  Review coming soon!  Grade B-