The Immortal Hulk #1 Review

Immortal-Hulk-1-CoverThe Hulk is back…and he will find you.

On June 6th the first issue of Immortal Hulk hit shelves and boy has it sold fast. As of today all first printings are sold out and second printings will be arriving in July.

I am honestly not surprised as this is probably the best Hulk comic, let alone comic, I have read in quite some time.

Now it could be I’m biased and just having the original Hulk back is swaying my opinion. But honestly the writing and art direction came together perfectly to reintroduce this well-known character in a way we have not seen in quite some time…if at all.

The story is simple, but packs quite a punch. It holds nothing back as it establishes this is not a typical superhero story. The art captures the emotion of all the scenes and especially brings a chill down your spine once green skin (and eyes) begin showing in each panel.

Bruce Banner plays a very small part in this issue, but his actions establish the “rules” and expectations of what we can see with Hulk and Bruce going forward. The Hulk really is front and center. Quite literally too. His words and actions really show you he means business. He is a combination of Liam Neeson from Taken, The Hulk, and a dash of Ghost Rider. He will find you…and he will Kill you. Well maybe not kill you. I respect that the writers still maintained that Hulk is not a killer. But he will smash you and make you wish you were dead.

And I am not kidding about the Ghost Rider part. Hulk almost has a judge and jury vibe about him. Like he can see (or smell) your soul and make judgements on you prior to letting out the SMASH. Which honestly is very chilling. You are a bad guy doing your evil deeds and with no warning a green rage monster slams into your house. Knows your deeds. Makes you face them, leading to crushing your soul. And then beats you to within an inch of your life.

The Hulk is no longer just reacting to people attacking him. He is now actively searching out people who have wronged him or others. I don’t know about you…but that’s terrifying. The Hulk is not trying to only hide or protect someone…he is now on the hunt.

This comic is an extremely promising start to a new era of the Hulk. I hope it maintains this appeal for the full run and explores some interesting ideas. If you loved the old Hulk, hate the Totally Awesome Hulk, or enjoy a good horror comic…then this is for you.

Welcome back mean green. We missed you.

 

 

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Lord of the SMASH: Return of the Green

Great news! Exciting news!

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‘No Surrender’ poster teasing the Hulk’s return 

Marvel has released a teaser trailer for their new comic event ‘No Surrender’ starting in January 2018. Now I saw this trailer hoping for mention of Hulk and not seeing any. Turns out I was impatient and skipped the very end of the video…which just so happened to seemingly confirm the Hulk/Banner coming back from the dead. It’s about time! I was getting tired of the numerous temporary resurrections.

Thank you Incredible Hulk: Engine of Destruction for making me aware of this!

 

Check it out!

 

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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Easily this is Thor and Hulk at their best on screen to date. The film is never boring, and it is very funny…almost to a fault.

I went out to the Thursday night early showing of Thor: Ragnarok (my custom made Hulk helmet atop my head and face painted green with the white tattoo from the film).

After nearly two years I was pumped and ready to see this film that had my expectations incredibly high…and for the most part they were met.

The film moved quickly and did a decent job of juggling so many characters, including a few fun cameos and such. Most characters were also presented very well. Though I still have reservations about Korg’s voice. Miek should also have had a bigger role.

The humor pervaded the entire film. In most cases the humor was on point and got a chuckle out of me. However, I felt there were times it could had held back a little. The humor might have been more effective had it been better balanced with the seriousness of such a topic as the end of Thor’s world. Certain characters introduced in previous Thor films died in this movie…but were quickly passed over for the next joke or were just handled very poorly. The impact of these had very little resonance, even if they were bit characters.

That being said the humor definitely livened things up and it is clear the makers of this film wanted to hit on the same beats as Guardians of the Galaxy. But even in GotG there were serious moments that were better handled.

Thor is amazing in this. Especially in the first scene where he still has his hammer. THIS was the Thor we have all been waiting for. He was incredibly badass. Later in the film his lightning powers become more apparent and he certainly uses them to his advantage leading to even more awesome scenes.

Hulk very nearly steals the stage in my opinion, but fails to do so due to his second-banana role. Many scenes have him conveniently operating off screen or he is blurred out as we are focused on Thor. That being said the Hulk has his time to shine. We get a better idea of his personality. We get to see him have more range in how he thinks and we get to see him do more then just SMASH. He becomes a more fully fleshed character. His scene in the gladiator arena will probably be burned into my brain for the rest of my life. However, I cam kind of angry how the battle with Thor ended….didn’t seem like something the Hulk would be ok with to me. But overall I really enjoyed Hulk in this film!

However, my major gripe is that the movie essentially uses the Planet Hulk storyline but replaces Hulk with Thor. Hulk then basically becomes his Korg (or Silver Savage). Many of the major plot points of Planet Hulk are in Ragnarok…even including how it ends. It just upset me that arguably the best Hulk story in decades was used to make Thor a better movie.

Oh well, we Hulk fans must take what we can get as long as Universal still holds the rights to him. At least we know Hulk will continue to play a big role in future films.

Also, despite Hulk becoming a second place characters and a side story (though it was the better story in my opinion when competing with the main Ragnarok story) many advertisements placed Hulk at the center. Most of the Hulk’s best scenes were leaked in the trailers. It was a disappointment to be marketed so heavily under Hulk, but then we end up seeing mostly Thor in the film.

I could go on and on with what I loved and hated about the film. So I will just say that as a film this was definitely entertaining. Everyone in it was at their best. Thor and Hulk were at their best. I hope Marvel hears the criticisms and fixes things in the future. But overall I recommend this film…two fists up!

Get Smashed!

 

Orange is the New Green: The Tremendous Trump

This is not specifically a Hulk thing and it is not my intention to ruffle any political feathers. But I felt I just had to make mention of this political parody comic.

I give you ‘The Tremendous Trump’ one-shot issue. Released October 11, 2017. For obvious reasons I think it can be seen why I wanted to feature this in a Hulk blog. To be quite frank this comic is not that funny, the story is flimsy and the art is random. STL050207

That being said it did give me a couple of chuckles. Mostly I just liked the homage cover and the blatant Hulk references throughout.

Despite your opinions on the current POTUS this comic does capture a certain point of view. I have always found political cartoons fascinating for their ability, in most cases, to capture the feelings of the public. I think this comic at least does that by incorporating some current perceptions on the media, social issues and political happenings.

Its almost like a time capsule of all the craziness going on nowadays. And whether you agree or not with it’s views you have to admit it is a perception going around.

A similar item came out awhile ago (from the same publisher actually) and I regret not buying it when I saw it. The item was a Trump vs Clinton adult coloring book which included a flip cover of Trump and Clinton fighting as Hulk and Wolverine from Incredible Hulk #181. It’s currently being sold on eBay around $40-90. So it obviously caught enough people’s attention.

So if you enjoy political satire or just like homage covers this comic may just be for you. Currently its in comic stores for about $5.00. And it might look good on the shelf next to Trump’s book ‘The Art of the Deal”.  🙂

“My comic is the best comic. Totally. A real win for the US of A. Period” – Trump

Thor: Ragnarok Clip: Thor and Korg

Another clip from Thor: Ragnarok has been released onto Youtube. This time it features Korg, the Kronan, who would be one of Hulk’s warbound in the comics and animated feature.

At first I was excited…but then I watched the clip and I thought “this has to be a joke?” Korg sounds like nothing you would expect. I always imagined him with this low, gravelly voice (pun intended). The reason this worked is cause Miek was supposed to have the weaker, high pitched voice. It was a balance of character persona’s.

But this Korg sounds like a smaller, normal guy. I guess it’s supposed to be funny. His voice not matching his body…but come on! I have been extremely excited for this film, but the more I see of the comedy I feel like they turned what could possibly be Hulk’s shining moment…into a big joke.

I’m really not happy or impressed with this choice. Now maybe I am seeing this out of context. Perhaps there is more then what I am seeing. But at this moment…I am starting to have some doubts about the directing choices for this film.

I hope I’m wrong. See the clip below and you be the judge.

EW exclusive clip – Thor Ragnarok: “Loki, look who it is!!”

Entertainment Weekly recently released an exclusive clip for the new Thor: Ragnarok film showing part of the initial meetup of Thor and Hulk. It also shows just how popular Hulk is on the planet Sakaar.

But of course you can’t beat the look of numb fear across Loki’s face. The last time Loki and Hulk crossed paths the trickster god got a major spanking.

Click on Link or Image Below to see Video

http://ew.com/movies/2017/10/09/thor-ragnarok-hulk-clip/

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Demofist: YOU can SMASH!

Lately I’ve been hooked on Kickstarter. Backing the coolest and unique projects. Well I just discovered a project that resonates with me as a Hulk fan. I invite you to check out, Demofist. A new project being currently funded on Kickstarter. The item in question is a solid steel fist that can be held with one hand and used for demolition purposes. The interior is foam covered with a cushioned bar. Is it practical? Perhaps not. But does it look fun to use? It does indeed.

I felt it was worthy to fund at early bird pricing. If you want this I suggest you hurry over and grab it soon. As a Hulk fan I cannot wait to SMASH things with this!

Get SMASHED!