Batman Vs. The Incredible Hulk (aka The Monster and the Madman)

In memory of Len Wein (1948-2017)

This is a rare and special comic, for multiple reasons. First, the obvious…this issue has the Incredible Hulk…and freaking BATMAN! Wow, what a combination. Second, this comic is HUGE! It is tabloid size. See the image for a comparison between it and a standard size comic.

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This comic was released in September, 1981 as part of the DC special series (Vol.1 #27). Since I am not a DC fan (aside from Batman and a few other related characters) I don’t know all the details. This is the first crossover to feature Batman and the last of the huge tabloid size editions for many years.

Though the comic is typically referred to as ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ it’s true title is “The Monster and The Madman”. The story actually includes a lot of the Joker (in reference of the madman I assume). 

The story is told in several chapters and despite being a Hulk/Batman crossover deals with the Joker a lot. He is, as expected, the prime instigator between Hulk and Batman. Actually the Joker steals the show for the most part, and along with another villain (Marvel-related I believe) he gains some trippy powers.

batmanhulk1The story is written by Len Wein with art by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez. The art is not bad and does a good job of blending these two character’s worlds together. The story is actually really awesome in my opinion. In fact, its so highly praised its in the top 10 on goodreads.com. You can see my post on this here.

However, the story is probably more of a treat for Batman fans rather then Hulk fans. Hulk is a big part of the story, but he kind of gets upstaged by Batman who is then upstaged by Joker. It’s still worth the read. There is also the inclusion of various Batman and Hulk villains such as Abomination and Two-Face…well..sort of. In a way.

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Gotta include the Batman slap 🙂

 

 

 

Overall its a fun story with some really cool art. I recommend grabbing it if you can. The original large tabloid version is kind of expensive, especially a good copy. However, there have been smaller subsequent versions released such as the gold collectors edition and an even smaller book. They tend to go for a lower price. It’s also available as a digital comic.

Current Ebay Prices:

Original Tabloid Edition (1981):

  • $40-120 (10/12/17)

Collectors Edition (1995):

  • $20-40 (10/12/17)

 

 

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An Incredible Resurrection

I must have missed the teaser but it seems Marvel is debuting a new series in the summer titled ‘Generations’. Recent news broke regarding the details of the story and for us Hulk fans it is very exciting news.

This new series will involve 10 one-shot issues. Each issue will be devoted to a particular character and his/her old and new incarnations. For example Wolverine and X-23 or IronMan’s Tony Stark and Riri Williams.And it’s been confirmed that Hulk will not be left out of this event. An issue is promised to team up both Hulks; the incredible Bruce and the awesome Amadeus. Hence the title of ‘Generations’.c4znvg8xuaelh8s-720x506

It has not been revealed how characters like Logan or Bruce will be resurrected for this event except the Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso is quoted mentioning an “ingenious device”. Is this time travel? An alternate dimension?

In any case I am excited to see the old Hulk back (and not just as a samurai zombie). I unfortunately will have to endure the new Hulk being present. But perhaps this issue will help me appreciate him a bit more. We will see.

Keep your ears open for more news in the coming months. The first issue should drop in July 2017 and wrap up the series in September.

 

The Hulk Lives Again *spoilers*

My Hulk is back and you’re gonna be in trouble.
(Hey, la-di-la, my Hulk is back.)
When you see him comin’, better cut out on the double.
(Hey, la-di-la, my Hulk is back.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, it is true. Hulk and Bruce are back from the dead.And after only four months!
This story occurs in this months and next months issue of Uncanny Avengers #15 and #16 (released Oct. 12th and November 9th). Details are somewhat limited on what brought this about. From what I understand the ninja assassin group known as ‘The Hand’ will use their ancient magic to resurrect Bruce and thus the Hulk back to life. This also in effect gives them control of the green beast for their own ends.
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I have mixed feelings on this. On one hand I am very happy he’s back. I mean this is the original green man himself. The incredible Hulk. Not some “totally awesome” poser.
On the other hand though it totally demeans the character’s death in the first place. And by extension weakens the overall impact of any future deaths Marvel has planned. They either should have waited longer (at least a year) or figured out some other way to do it. Like maybe a series where the Hulk’s closest friend reminisce on his past actions or most memorable stories. Maybe give their unique perspective on how they saw him during those times. A highlight reel of sorts. It would have been a great way to introduce the best of the Hulk to new readers before bringing him back officially.
In any case mean green is back and who knows how a recently dead Hulk will react. Pet Cemetery comes to mind….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now he’s back and things will be fine.
(Hey, la-di-la, my Hulk is back.)
You’re gonna be sorry you were ever born.
(Hey, la-di-la, my Hulk is back.)

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!

 

 

Ultimate Hulk versus Wolverine on DVD

Feeling a bit dry on Hulk media? Comics not doing it for you? Can’t wait for the new Hulk animated series? Well until that show smashes onto the air, and the Hulk and IronMan team up in December, Marvel is releasing more Hulk in September. From the Marvel Knights comes Ultimate Hulk versus Wolverine. The highly rated comic will become animated and voiced over. This is truly a fan favorite for both Hulk and Wolverine fans. The DVD is expected to be released September 10th, 2013. It will include bonus content and collectible packaging.

This is truly the best time to become (or continue to be) a Hulk fan. For years I walked about as a fan with only one or two subpar Hulk films, an old 90’s animate series, and the fairly popular (though not exactly canon, and cheesy) live action tv series. However, since the Avengers ,and the runaway success of the Hulk, more and more appearances are being made of the green rage monster. This is both great, though potentially a headache, for the die-hard fans. As everyone should know by now that once something is loved enough by millions…Hollywood will work to cash in on it…and in doing so will most likely ruin it. Plenty of times I have smacked my forehead in frustration. Why? Why would you have him do that!?!?! Thats not how it is!! RAARRRHHHHH!!!

 

However, with this new film being essentially an animated port of the comic…the true spirit of both characters will probably stay true to their fans. I can also only hope that this move by Marvel is a way to test audience’s interest in a potential live action Marvel cross over of Hulk and Wolverine. With word of a Batman/Superman movie in the works…Marvel better get in on this..and fast!