Now I might be overdoing it, but this is really going too far. I read recently that Marvel would be doing a new series where they would re-visit the Planet Hulk story line with ‘Return to Planet Hulk’ (as part of the Marvel Legacy lineup). Now I would be fine with re-visiting it…as long as the original Hulk associated was included.
Nope…we are getting a Planet Hulk story line with Amadeus Cho (AKA the Totally Lame Hulk). And here they are ripping off one of the covers of the old series to sell the new one. Out of sheer sick curiosity I will page through it when it drops. But that’s it. Unless something has changed regarding the character I will not be buying this.
No, Marvel. I will not encourage this farce further by giving you my money.
Am I over reacting? Feel free to prove me wrong.
Here we go with an homage variant of the classic cover from Incredible Hulk #181. The very issue when Wolverine was introduced to the Marvel universe and his first act was to square off with the Hulk. Lucky guy. I typically enjoy variants that pay tribute to classic covers such as Incredible Hulk #1. But typically the internal story doesn’t reflect the cover. It’s a cash grab like most variants are. But this cover (though it doesn’t quite reflect the internal story) still resonates for me.
Here we have Wolverine, much older, taking on his new persona as just Logan meeting up with an older Hulk, who is also donning his new persona, as the Maestro. In a sense they are meeting up for the first time all over again. This cover variant actually does make sense.
Maestro and Logan are in my opinion Marvel’s grumpy old men. This cover reflects where they started, as a rivalry, and where they are today (…or in the future).
When I saw this was being made I had to try and grab it. I don’t own Hulk 181, but I hope to some day. I really think having that comic sitting next to this one really shows an interesting character arc going on 43 years! Not to mention I really love the Maestro.
I managed to go to my local comic shop on it’s release date (June 14, 2017) and I was able to snag one for $8! Which was awesome as there were only two in the store at the time. Unfortunately both seemed to have been damaged either during printing or shipping as both had white markings in the top left corner. So I picked the one that seemed to have the least damage. A small issue as the rest of the comic was pristine. I don’t intend on selling it anytime soon, but I hope if I ever do it doesn’t impact the price too much.
Currently, if you were unlucky enough to get one in stores, you can find this variant online. On eBay the prices for this variant go for around $30. Which is still affordable if you really want it. Which, of course you do!
Are you a new Hulk fan or possibly an old fan who has fallen out of touch with the character? Well I advise you to check out goodreads.com. It is a site dedicated to people who love books of all kinds. This includes comic books. They have assembled, by reader votes, a pretty accurate list of the best Hulk stories ever (well 78 stories to be exact).
The list does seem to sit in favor of the more recent books. Planet Hulk and World War Hulk are unsurprisingly holding strong at the top of this list. So if you think the older comics are not being represented I would understand that.
Still I recommend you peruse the list to see if there is a great story you may have missed. http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/16971.Best_of_the_Hulk
Here are the stories in the top 10:
- The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk by Greg Pak
- The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect by Peter David
- Hulk: The End by Peter David
- World War Hulk by Grek Pak
- Indestructible Hulk, Volume 1: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Mark Waid
- The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 1 by Peter David
- The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 2 by Peter David
- Batman vs The Incredible Hulk by Len Wein
- The Incredible Hulk, Volume 1: Return of the Monster by Bruce Jones
- The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 6 by Peter David
Civil War 2 recently created a lot of upheaval and consequences for the Marvel Universe. One of the most notable being the death of Bruce Banner (The Hulk). This has understandably deeply upset his cousin Jennifer Walter (She-Hulk).
This new series which premiered at the end of December in 2016 has felt pretty lukewarm to me. I admittedly have never read any of the older She-Hulk comics but I have seen her in other stories. If you are expecting smashing, quips and just general fun in these issues…then your better off going elsewhere.
The first few issues really dig into the realities of mental issues such as anxiety, fear, and PTSD. I can also see it resonating well with female readers. I honestly found the idea of Jennifer becoming so emotionally shattered, from the death of her cousin, that it would swing her into a full on RAGING HULK a refreshing concept. This was a great premise and the story in the first issues, subdued though they may be, created a real tension for the character. Unfortunately they drew it out for too long. It’s not until issue #6 that Jennifer actually “HULKS OUT”. All they keep doing is teasing it for five issues. The 6th issue released end of May 2017. For nearly half a year we readers have waited for her to actually DO SOMETHING while every cover has her Hulked out visage plastered all over the cover like some sort of broken promise. So by the time she actually did Hulk-Out it lost it’s impact cause we have seen it already.
That being said when she does change her form is hidden for the most part and is downright disappointing. She looks very little like she does on the covers (at least in issue #6). Issue #7 just released and I will read it to see if things improve.
I decided to follow this series because I was genuinely interested in the premise as I described. And with the original Hulk gone (for now) I needed to get my regular gamma dosage from somewhere else. So I decided to take a gamble with She-Hulk. Sadly though I have been more or less disappointed and frankly bored. But female fans may have a different opinion.
For me I will probably be abandoning She-Hulk soon. If you are like me you will have more fun with the recent issue of Old Man Logan #25 (and subsequent issues). Trust me THAT story is packed with gamma rage.
Are you reading this Hulk series? Let me know what you think.
I decided to handle both these figures at the same time since they are pretty much the same sculpt. As you can see the one on the left is a normal looking Hulk and the one on the right has robotic components.
The Robot Hulk figure was released first in 2011 in the Incredible Hulk set. The normal Hulk was later released in 2012 as part of the Galactic Guardians Set.
These probably represent the most detailed Green Hulk heroclix you will find with few exceptions. They have nicely sculpted muscles with a very basic paint job. The robotic parts seem more or less glued on extras which is why it’s odd the robot sculpt was released prior to the normal one. Their faces are kinda squished in there to handle so much detail.
The Robot Hulk is a common item while the normal Hulk is rated as ‘Rare’. Both are fairly cheap to buy ranging around $2-4 dollars.
This Hulk heroclix was released in 2012 under Marvel’s Heroclix Tenth Anniversary set. The figure is clearly in reference to the Hulk when he first changes and seeks to escape the military bunker holding him in Incredible Hulk #1.
The figure has decent sculpting, though the face leaves much to be desired. The pose is nice as well. The figure is a common rarity so its typically cheap and easy to find. Typically costs $2-5.
An easy addition to any Heroclix collection.