The Fallen: Review (spoilers)

5787b1240ec18The Hulk is Dead. Bruce is Dead. Hawkeye is off the hook as people claim the murder to be “morally justified”. So what now? How do the friends and family of Hulk/Banner deal with this? Well these are just some of the questions answered in this one-shot issue titled ‘The Fallen’.

First off, I appreciate this is a one shot issue. I’m not a big fan of spin-off comics and prefer not to invest my money. But in this case I had too. I feel it handled the material it needed to within one issue. Any further details can be explored in other story arcs.

This comic basically handles the scenario I imagined should the Hulk be killed. There are those who are sad…and those who are happy. Obviously many people were affected by the damage brought by the Hulk. Their opinions are heard loud and clear. The most notable is General Ross. It becomes a father/daughter issue, but I think it only scratched the surface of how Betty and her Father should react. It’s a fairly quiet response.

The funeral is handled as expected, only the most devout friends show up. It was actually touching to see his Warbound in attendance. But the most surprising and heartfelt moment was the hearing of his Last Will and Testament. Banner leaves his friends, and the world, with the best gifts anyone in his position could give. Knowledge, money, restitution for the Hulk’s chaos, and, most importantly, a way to cope.

The Will and how it was handled was brilliantly written. It truly wanted to let Bruce’s life end on a high note. To begin to heal the wounds he had caused as the Hulk .

I hope this is not the last we see of Banner and Hulk, but if it is this a decent send off. Though I might have preferred if the Hulk died as the Hulk. The Hulk was born out of war. I would have liked it if he died creating peace. That would have been more poetic.

That being said this story clearly handles the death of Hulk from Bruce’s perspective. Meaning you never see the Hulk in this issue. Now I know he died in a previous issue, but I feel some visual reference to Hulk would have helped. Maybe a flashback sequence detailing the Hulk’s most heroic moments as well as Banner’s scientific contributions. But I do understand why they did it this way.

If you are a Hulk fan you should pick up this copy. I might even recommend you try finding the variant covers. This may be cash grab to sell issues, but in the story of the Hulk this is one worth reading and owning.

‘Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell’ Movie Announced!

UntitledSan Diego Comic Con is over but it has left us with plenty to be excited about. In addition to the super sweet Gladiator armor for the Hulk (to be featured in Thor: Ragnarok) seems a new animated Hulk movie has been announced.

Due to arrive in Fall of this year, ‘Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell’ is to feature our green goliath co-starring alongside Dr. Strange. No doubt in order to drum up excitement for the new Dr. Strange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Given the film is releasing in November I am going to predict ‘Monsters Dwell’ will release in October to coincide with the Halloween season.

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The Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

To further support my prediction, Strange and Hulk will be joined by the Howling Commandos. This name is attributed to a few military groups within the Marvel Universe. Most notably they were featured more or less in the first Captain America movie. However,the report given on this film details the words “monster team”. So I am assuming its the more ferocious team shown here.

If this wasn’t exciting enough it’s been promised this film will be more “adult-oriented”. In such the way it is being compared to DC’s soon to be released “Batman: The Killing Joke” movie. This alone is great because after having to deal with the absurdity that was the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. I am so ready for Hulk to go nuts!

With all this said I think we Hulk fans have something to look forward to. I know I’m excited and I’m ready to get SMASHED!

 

 

Latest Update – RELEASE DATE AND SNEAK PEEK – 10/10/16 (first released clip)

PREMIER ANNOUNCED – 9/13/16

To see the full report go here. http://www.newsarama.com/30366-marvel-s-secret-wars-gets-animated.html

 

Arrows and Banners

It’s done. For so long and so many have attempted this. A few times before many thought they were successful. But it seems it has happened for certain this time. I won’t go into details as to not ruin it for fans. You are welcome to discover it for yourself online as it’s already being talked about.

But this means the end of an era. Serious changes are being made at Marvel and the latest news means they are serious (but of course it can be undone as it has been done before with other characters). However, if this is permanent, it is a killing blow for old fans of the Hulk as well.

I have not been particularly impressed by the “totally awesome” Hulk. I had hoped things might turn around during Civil War 2. But instead, inside issue #3 of Civil War 2, the opposite has occurred.

I will now have to rely on my hopes in Marvel’s future films and less so in their comics.

The Hulk is dead….LONG LIVE THE HULK!

 

 

HULK: Ragnarok

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Coming in November 2017 is Thor: Ragnarok. Now yes I do like Thor, but he’s not the reason I am going. I am going for Hulk. And recent news has made me even more excited. Thor’s next movie will feature ALOT of the Hulk. Or at least more then in previous films.

Mark Ruffalo is quoted as saying “I think it will be smashing. The Hulk gets Hulk-ier. The Hulk hulks out. Hulkier and bigger.”

I am so stoked for this. I was admittedly let down by the amount of screen time for Hulk in the last Avengers film, specifically in the last battle. Also they removed much of the fun that Hulk had in the first film. I don’t mind a darker Hulk/Banner story but Hulk is in a sensitive time now. He needs to grow a following in the cinematic Universe. Keep him as fun as possible while sticking to the source material. The first Avenger’s movie did that.

So here I am waiting patiently for next Fall when I can once again don my Hulk fists.

Well…I’m ready to get Smashed. Are you?

 

Loot Crate: May 2016 – POWER

I don’t normally post anything regarding Loot Crate because usually it doesn’t have anything Hulk related. Well this month was completely different. Given the theme and the inclusion of Hulk in this month’s promotions I was sure something Gamma Green would be included and I was so very right.loot 1

Items included this month:

  • Dragonball Keychain plushie
  • Infinity Gauntlet Oven Mitt
  • Q Fig Hulk Figure
  • Battleborn Lootpin
  • Warcraft T-Shirt (not pictured)

 

 

While I find the Thanos Oven Mitt to be awesome and the plushie Dragonball to be cute. I think we all know the clear winner here…The Q Fig Hulk figure!!

I was so excited to lift up the T-Shirt out of the box and find this little figure staring back at me with such menace. I really enjoyed the Deadpool figure released back in the February Crate (Theme: Dead), but getting a Hulk figure was so unexpected. They look great on the shelf next to each other. In every crate also comes a magazine going into detail on each of the items along with other information related to the month’s theme. There was a section briefly exploring a handful of the Hulk’s multiple incarnations (Prof. Hulk, Grey Hulk, etc).

This figure is based on the design from ‘Age of Ultron’. He has the stylish Avenger’s pants and the more muted green skin. It stand about 4 inches tall. Check out the pictures below. Another WIN for the collection!