Hulk #7

Hulk #7

Written by: Gerry Duggan 

Art by: Mark Bagley 

Cover by: Gary Frank 

Released: October 15, 2014 

Even though HULK #7’s cover implies an intense encounter between Hulk and Skaar in the Savage Land, I’d say the book’s best moment comes from the very first scene. Now, I won’t spoil who it involves, but it’s essentially Hulk lecturing someone on the dangers of gamma radiation. It’s pretty much a ridiculous twist on a drug PSA and it’s a surprisingly funny way to open the chapter and show us we’re dealing with a new take on the Green Goliath. 

While I wasn’t the biggest fan around of the encounter with Skaar, I will say what follows does an adequate enough job teasing a new element while also building interest in who Hulk will go after next. Hopefully it’ll be a more engaging conflict and resolution, though. In all I would rate this issue a a 7/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Battleworld Inhumans Attilan Rising (Secret Wars)

Battleworld Inhumans Attilan Rising (Secret Wars)

Written by: Charles Soule 

Art by: John Timms 

Cover by: Dave Johnson 

Released: May 27, 2015 

The non-Inhuman characters in Attilan Rising are handled well. There’s a gangster Ghost Rider who wouldn’t look out of place in a weird, twisted Goodfellas, and the Hulk who serves as the opening threat is handled very well. The Inhumans that we do spend time with are just as great as well, and we find Medusa, Manhattan’s Regent, getting along with Doom in a short but effective exchange. 

The book itself seems to have slipped under the radar in regards to other Secret Wars tie-ins coming out this week but one thing’s for sure is that Inhumans: Attilan Rising is probably one of the best, and serves as a quality new addition to the vast amount of Marvel’s titles on shelves right now. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Hulk #6

Hulk #6 

Written by: Gerry Duggan 

Art by: Mark Bagley 

Cover by: Gary Frank 

Released: September 17, 2014 

We’ve got a new persona for the Hulk, and it’s Doc Green. I always love when Hulk gets changed up a bit, as though it doesn’t always work out, it’s always an avenue worth exploring. This change into Doc Green however has been awesome, in a way reminding me of the Grey Hulk from Peter David‘s run. Doc Green does however look to be something entirely different, with the line, “Don’t call me Hulk. That makes me angry…” being very clever play on words.

Gerry Duggan has quickly proven to be the kind of writer that Hulk needs, as though it’s the events of Mark Waid‘s Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man that has turned our green friend into what he is, it’s the way that Duggan runs with this that really captivates me. In addition to the psyche of this new Hulk, the fight between him and A-Bomb and the teaser of who’s next really injected excitement and tension into this already great tale. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Hulk #5

Hulk #5

Written by: Gerry Dugan 

Art by: Mark Bagley 

Cover by: Gary Frank 

Released: August 12, 2014 

This is an incredible direction to take this hero. For one, it kind of returns him to the semi-villain state that he was born to. While he is still in the mad scientist role, I can’t help but notice taking away everyone else’s Gamma strength is just a smarter way to say “Hulk is the strongest.” I have no idea what the nanite’s are for, but I love the throw back to the Mr. Fixit era of Hulk, with Hulk keeping Banner locked inside. If things keep up in this vein, I foresee a long fun for this series of the Hulk. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Hulk #4

Hulk #4

Written by: Mark Waid 

Art by: Mark Bagley 

Cover by: Mark Bagley 

Released: June 11, 2014 

It’s clear Hulk is outclassed by this new version of his longtime foe, the Abomination, but when his friends are in danger, you can bet the titan will rise to the occasion to take on any obstacle. Mark Waid hit us with an exciting cliffhanger in the last issue and I’m happy to report it’s given a fairly awesome follow-up. Mark Bagley(pencils), Andrew Hennessy (inks), and Jason Keith (colors) create a splash page that’s sure to make most Hulk fans cheer — I know I sure did. It’s a great compliment to the last issue’s final page, and the rest of the madness and destruction is where this visual team really shines. They do a proper job letting us know how vicious and chaotic a fight between these characters should be.

 The panels are never laid out in a creative way, but the fight never feels static and flows well from hit to hit. It’s impactful and downright brutal in a few moments. Truthfully, there’s some panels which feel a little rushed compared to the rest (mostly when there’s several characters involved in a mid-shot), but the visuals are consistent for the most part and I’m an especially big fan of how the hero in San Francisco is brought to life. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Hulk #3

Hulk #3

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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Hulk #2

Hulk #2

Written by: Mark Waid 

Art by: Mark Bagley

Cover by: Jerome Opena 

Released: April 30, 2014

It’s very intresting what Waid is doing with this series and I’m liking it a lot. We now know that Bruce Banner isn’t who he was before. After he got shot he lost all his smartness but if he gets mad he still turns into the hulk. In this issue we got to see an awesome fight between Hulk and Obamination. I’m still wondering if Banner will ever be smart again or if he will stay like this for the rest of his life. 

The artwork in this issue was really nice. Especially when Hulk and Obamintaion are fighting. Bright colors and fluent. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling.

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New Avengers Ultron Forever #1

New Avengers Ultron Forever #1

Written by: Al Ewing 

Art by: Alan Davis

Cover by: Alan Davis 

Released: April 29, 2015

Doom has assembled the strongest Avengers from different moments in time to fight Ultron, but he also has his own team of Avengers, complicating their task. The team from the past consists of The Hulk (yes!), Thor (ultra yes!) and Iron Man (Rhodey, not Tony). The team from the present includes Black Widow and The Vision, and finally we have the team from the future, Thor and Captain America (Danielle Cage).

The mixture of past, present and future works very well, although sometimes it may be a little hard to follow. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of Doom and seeing his reactions to the events, (and that ending, wow.) Ultron is a very interesting character and I love reading more about him, especially seeing how he’s represented in this series. He seems quite different to the new Avengers film (which you need to go see if you haven’t yet) and the contrast is quite intriguing. I love the combination of his power and uncaring personality, and even though he’s not the most likeable character, it just makes the story better as you want to see if he will be defeated by the Avengers. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Hulk #1 (2014)

Hulk #1

Written by: Mark Waid 

Art by: Mark Bagley

Cover: Jarome Opena 

Released: April 16, 2014

With just the first issue of the this series we can already tell how good the series is going to be. This first issue was astonishing. For me at least. I thought it was well put. There is just so much mystery going on in this issue like who shot the hulk? We know it was a girl or at least it looked like it was a girl but why would someone one to paralyze him and not kill him instead? And what will happen to the hulk and Bruce Banner after the shot that he took? Will he stay on the condition that he is right now or will he recover? We hope that in the following issues we find out the answers to all thies questions.

I really loved the first issue of this series it was like I said before well put. I’m really looking forward to reading this series. Not only the plot is good but also the artwork by Bagley. It is just so nice and fluent with every stroke. Will this being said I would rate this issue a 8.5/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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World War Hulk #3

World War Hulk #3 

Written by: Greg Pak

Art by: John Romita Jr.

Cover by: David Finch 

Released: August 1, 2007 

Doctor Strange finally pulls out the big magical guns and starts behaving like the mystical powerhouse he’s supposed to be. Romita’s rendition of Strange in his astral form is cool and makes it look like more than just Strange as a ghost. It’s Strange as a powerful mystical entity. Unfortunately for him, the Hulk seems prepared for even this contingency and puts a serious hurt on the good doctor. It’s another shocker so you’ll have to read it to believe it. 

It reinforces again just how far the Hulk is willing to go in his quest for revenge. The whole encounter with Strange still raises the question, “Is Banner really gone and banished so deep in their shared subconscious he may never come to the surface again or has Banner had it as much as the Hulk and is agreeing with the Hulk’s decisions and actions?” As far as I know, that’d be a first in the character’s history and quite a twist. Pak makes either scenario believable. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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