Avengers – No surrender # 684 Review

Hulk is back, baby! And he is kicking A$$ (bubblegum and taking names not required).

detailThis issue wastes no time in re-establishing the Hulk for a new generation…while also dipping into some history for the long time fans. In the last issue Hulk has emerged from a dark cave. This issue continues with a brief synopsis of the Hulk’s creation and bullet-points the handful of times Banner has seemingly died. Some of which I knew.

But I was surprised by how often Banner has been killed. I’m sure they stretched the word “dead” in some scenarios and I’m sure many other comic characters have died that many times and came back. So this “immortal” schtick is a bit weak…but nonetheless a cool premise in my mind for the Hulk.

For current readers who have followed along I’m sure most of it made sense. But for me, a guy who only reads Hulk, I was both somewhat confused by the story (but I got the gist) and had little to no clue who these new Avengers were. So basically for me it was just fun watching as everyone freaked out to see the original Hulk back from the dead and making a beeline for them.

It became even better to see each hero try to take down the Hulk only to be smacked down with little effort by mean green. Some might criticize the lack of Hulk gaining strength as he became angrier, but I loved this no holds barred return of the Incredible Hulk.

Happy was I to get back the old Hulk who had no quips or banter. Just hard action and seriousness. Sure there are other parts of the Hulks personality and mythos I hope to see explored again, but for now this satisfies.

In addition I have also read the follow up of issue #685 and truly this ferocity of the Hulk continues. I am so excited for Immortal Hulk and can’t wait to see more of this resurrected Hulk. Thank you Marvel….THANK YOU!

Hulk fans…he is back…and we are gonna be in trouble.

GET SMASHED!!

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Thor Vs. Hulk: Champions of the Universe – Review

Thor Vs. Hulk: CoU is a six issue series released in 2017 exclusively through Comixology (a digital comicbook store). Though I have heard it plans to release as a complete physical version at a later date.

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The premise is simple…pit Thor and Hulk against each other in a series of tests to find the strongest. This series actually has some fun with this and explores many facets of both characters and seeks to dig into what makes them tick. However, the way in which it’s done alongside some mediocre art lends itself to a somewhat less then impressive series.

Following on the heels of Thor: Ragnarok its a fun comic, but not nearly serious enough to gain my full attention. Something the movie did slightly better but had similar issues.

The story however is forgivable. My issue was primarily with the art style which seemed to change with each issue and go from pretty good to “meh”. In other words it was a bit too Saturday morning cartoon for me.

Also, I found the main bad “guy(s)” to be boring and trying too hard to be funny or self-aware. They never really made me feel like what Hulk and Thor were doing was really worth there’s or my time.

Overall, a fun comic but not much more then that.

 

 

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

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!

New Hulk/Thor Comic Coming Soon

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 in September 2017 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.

 

Get SMASHED!

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!