Variant Alert: (She-)Hulk #1 (Ed McGuinness)

I am late in posting on this variant as it has been circulating online since about late 2016/early 2017. I say online cause this variant is made in collaboration with Hall of Comics and sold exclusively online. So you won’t be finding this at your local comic shop. hoc_hulk_cvr_a_1024x1024

This cover is an homage to the classic Incredible Hulk #181 cover which was the first complete appearance of Wolverine and of their first epic meeting. This cover takes that composition and substitutes the new Wolverine (X-23) and the She-Hulk (who is looking a bit different due to emotional/mental factors).

Admittedly I have not been a fan of this new (She-) Hulk series. The overall concept was interesting, but its execution has left a lot to be desired. I bought this issue for the cover and that’s it. I felt it was unique enough to be worthy to join the collection; and to have some female Hulk representation included. Also, I like McGuinness’ work.

I think it’s an attractive piece of art, but I do kind of wish Ed utilized the background a bit more rather then settle on a flat red background.

I would be remiss in mentioning that there are not one, not two, but THREE versions of this cover. One is as seen here. The second version (dubbed the popcorn version) includes Deadpool eating popcorn while riding on the back of the Wendigo. The third version is the popcorn variant, but in black&white (except Deadpool).

The issue originally sold for $65 and is still available as of this writing. Though it does seem to have a limited printing. Looking at Ebay any issues being sold have spiked to $85 or higher.

If you like covers, especially homage covers featuring Wolverine or She-Hulk then this one is for you. Otherwise you might just wanna skip it.

New Hulk/Thor Comic Coming Next Year

In the wake of Thor: Ragnarok premiering  November 3, 2017 it seems Marvel is going to keep the fires of this movie’s hype…raging. Coming next year will be a digital exclusive series premiering Hulk and Thor. There will be six issues released monthly. And if I understand correctly, eventually being released to print as a whole collection.

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The series is titled ‘Thor & Hulk: Champions of the Universe‘. Not much is known of the synopsis other then an elder of the universe wants to fight Earth’s strongest hero. So, of course, Thor or Hulk cannot decide for themselves. This in turn compels them to complete a series of challenges to prove which is the strongest and worthy to fight.

The team responsible for this new comic are Jeremy Whitley, Simone Buanfantino and Alti Firmansyah.

Sure, a mashup with Hulk and Thor is great. I’m just happy I can get a new comic with the proper, true Hulk in it.

HULK (2003) Nostalgia Critic Review

Nostalgia Critic has done a humorous review of the Hulk movie from 2003. It is one of the first Marvel films made just before the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) came into being. It was the very film that brought the Hulk to my attention and set me down the path to being the super fan I am today. So it does have a place in my heart.

For it’s time I thought it was an amazing Hulk movie. But since then I now see the major issues with it. I think it simply had a poor directing choice for this film. Ang Lee is a great director. I just don’t think he was the one who should have helmed this project. Honestly I think this movie was very experimental and in many ways taught Marvel how NOT to make a superhero film. The film was too dramatic for people wanting a fun summer popcorn flick…and too much a popcorn flick for people who appreciated drama. It took itself too seriously.

Check out the review here and have a laugh. It’s been a long road to Ragnarok.

 

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Hot Toys Gladiator Hulk Revealed

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Gladiator Hulk Revealed at SDCC 2017

Isn’t this just glorious? This…is a thing of beauty. I have always wanted a Hot Toys Hulk. I may skip ALL the rest of the Gladiator Hulk figures and get just this ONE.

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Honestly it’s a toss up between this one and the Mezco Hulk announced. Basically it will depend on final cost, the final “real-world” product (cause the street item doesn’t always match the show item), and of course my budget 😦 .

Figure seems to come with an interchangeable head without helmet and a couple pairs of hands. Most likely the figure will sit in the $400 range.

But come on…look at that skin. Look at that glorious armor! The weapons! The real-hair mohawk on the helmet.

This is something incredible.

 

UPDATE (7/27/17): Pre-orders for this figure are now live on Sideshow’s site. Grab him while you can!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Hulk #050 Heroclix (Web of Spider-Man)

If you ever find yourself wanting to collect Heroclix just for aesthetic value I would highly recommend this piece. This is the Red Hulk #050 released in 2010 for the Web of Spider-Man set. The detail in this tiny figure is amazing. Just about every taught muscle and skin wrinkle is featured. It makes me very sad that as of this writing there isn’t a green version that meets the level of detail in this guy. Though there is a gray one of mention. The pose is nice too, but it’s hard to get a good look at him since hes crouched very low.

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The figure is Super Rare leading to a typically higher price, but have dropped in recent years. I bought mine for around $20+, but eBay (as of this writing) typically has him for around $12-20.