(She) Hulk 2016 Series Review in Progress

c8bviw2wsaawrdnCivil 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.

Get SMASHED!

‘Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell’ Review

The Hulk’s latest animated outing falls flat, but makes up for it with character development that hints at the Hulk’s big screen future.

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**Warning – slight spoilers ahead***

While we Hulk fans wait patiently for Thor:Ragnarok to hit theatres, we hoped to satisfy ourselves with this newest animated feature made under the Marvel/Disney umbrella. And in some ways it did, but mostly it showed how differently Disney is pulling the strings now.

Since the earliest reports this was being made I was put under the impression this film would be “more adult” and even had it compared to Batman’s ‘The Killing Joke’ animated film. The final product barely sneezed in that direction. This film could easily be described as a Halloween gimmick meant to promote both the new Dr.Strange film and keep kids interested in the Hulk until Ragnarok releases.

The animation was passable and the story was cliche. This basically felt like something that could fit into the Hulk and Agents of SMASH series. Which may be what they wanted. The Hulk in this is a chatterbox and seems more annoyed then angry most of the time. Strange reminded me of his character from the 90’s Hulk cartoon series, so no complaints there. The Howling Commandos were slightly interesting, but we received very little back story on them. The zombie guy was probably the creepiest (and I’m stretching that term) and is most likely the closest to a ‘mature theme’ in this story.

I won’t delve into the stories details; I found it boring for the most part. The main villain in this is Nightmare who offers very little to the plot.

Now I will give it credit where credit is due. At times the Hulk’s fighting scenes are fun to watch. I always enjoy seeing him smash things. But what caught my attention is how they are transitioning and changing the rules slightly on how Banner and Hulk work together. It seems Banner has control of Hulk and can change at will. Hulk is still no fan of Banner though. But near the end it does seem like the two are beginning to work as a team more. Also the stories ability to incorporate Banner into more of it hints at ways Marvel might utilize Mark Ruffalo on screen for future Hulk films.

This was obviously a film with influence from Disney, as previous animated films like ‘Planet Hulk’ or ‘Hulk Vs.’ were much, much better in my opinion.

My final thoughts are as follows. This film is great for kids and young children as a Halloween family film. For adults it is definitely lacking. I would recommend this as a rent not a buy (Which Marvel seems aware of since its only available for digital download at the time of this writing). This is a perfect film to watch while counting candy on Halloween night.

Get SMASHED!

 

‘Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell’ COMING SOON! **sneak peek**

Hulk’s newest animated film is arriving this month on October 21st for Digital HD. Blu-Ray/DVD release not confirmed at this time.

Nightmare is manipulating Hulk while Dr. Strange fights to contain the Hulk’s rampage. Be prepared for a dream dimension full of people captured by Nightmare and transformed into monsters. With the aide of the Howling Commandos, Dr.Strange will attempt to thwart Nightmare’s plan to cross to the waking side and bring a host of creatures borne of darkness.

The film will run 70-75 minutes long. Marvel has even released a clip of the new movie. Check it out below. Sadly though the animation reminds me more of a television show then a feature length animated film. Clearly that while Marvel may rule the roost in terms of films, DC is still king of animated features. Which is a shame. But we Hulk fans will take what we can get.

In any case I am excited for a new Hulk movie, even if it’s animated. And a Halloween themed story makes it even better. Hulk versus a bunch of monsters? Yes please!

Incredible Hulk #1 SMASHES Record

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A record smashing event has occurred in the month of September 2016. A vintage comics seller, ComicConnect, sold a copy of Incredible Hulk #1 for an INCREDIBLE $375,000! Created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby this sale sets a new record for this key issue.

This copy was appraised as a CGC 9.2 grade, making it one of only four copies in the world at this grade. Previous sales of copies at this grade reached as high as $320,000 back in 2014 and $326,000 just two months prior to this record breaker.

Only one copy exists at a higher CGC grade of 9.4 and most likely will not be up for sale for quite some time.

Typically a high grade copy of 9.0 to 7.0 sells for about $70,000. If you go to sites like eBay you can locate copies around CGC 4.0 and below for around $10,000 to maybe $4,000.

Is this record sale a sign of the Hulk’s increased popularity? Or simply a rare instance of a bidder war out of control? In any case I wish I had the funds to afford a tore up copy of this book. This book is the holy grail of my collection and most likely I’ll never have it.

 

‘Where Monsters Dwell’ NYCC Premier

Given the lack of news I was beginning to think the Hulk’s new animated film ‘Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell’ was merely rumor.

But finally some concrete evidence of the film is coming to light, in the best way possible…a premier!hulk-doctor-strange

‘Where Monsters Dwell’ is scheduled, courtesy of Marvel Animation, for a special viewing at NYCC on October 9th from 10:30 am to 12.

The film is being described as “spooky, action packed” and “family friendly”. So as I expected they are probably going the monster route in response to Halloween right around the corner. But the family friendly part is bit off-putting considering previous information described the film as more “adult oriented”. So I’m not sure where it sits in terms of content.

The news has also re-confirmed the inclusion of Dr. Strange and the Howling Commandos. In addition it has been mentioned they will be battling the supervillain Nightmare (shown below).cd8921683c5a167ceba40deca5f466d161b74e9405bd189289664769bb798ad2Given the amount of time for the viewing one can assume the film will be anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes along.

This news has me slightly confused as to the tone of this film, but nonetheless I am very excited. Hopefully they will announce a release date after the premier. Perhaps even a teaser trailer. TRICK-OR-TREAT!!!

For additional info see my first post regarding the film HERE.

For the report this information comes from see HERE.

 

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