Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Mark Bagley
Cover by: Jerome Opena, Dean White
Released: May 21, 2014
After receiving a gunshot to the head, Bruce Banner received horrific brain damage and was relocated to a S.H.E.I.L.D. controlled small town in hopes he can recover. Maria Hill herself is trying to protect Banner, and is doing quite a terrible job at it considering how often he still Hulks-out. A mysterious enemy is targeting Banner and has sent a zombiefied Abomination to destroy him, and the town as collateral damage. Realizing her plan to keep Banner safe and hidden has failed miserably, Hill calls in the reinforcements. Soon Captain America, Iron Man, and Captain Marvel swoop in to save the day, but there are some surprises in store for the Avengers and their big green friend.
Mark Waid is an old pro at combining bombastic action with fulfilling character moments, so it should come as no surprise that this issue is filled with both. Waid’s decision to rob Banner of his intellect has opened up new character possibilities and fleshed out his supporting cast. The presence of Hill and a trio of Avengers feels completely organic and not shoehorned in for attention. Waid had been working to ingrate Banner into S.H.E.I.L.D. as an ally (he can only wander sadly for so long. after all) and this inversion of the classic dynamic makes the Hulk into someone his fellow heroes care for instead of fearing. In all I would rate this issue a 8.2/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling.
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