In Memory of “The Man” – “The Legend” – “The Marvel.”

Stan Lee will be remembered as one of the great fathers of comic books. The characters he inspired are easily myths of the modern pantheon. His efforts as a writer, publisher and editor have changed the comic industry, not to mention the entire entertainment landscape, for all time. It is from what he started that we are given the gift of amazing stories and art work, from the world’s most talented people.

You will be sincerely missed.

STAN_LEE_RIP

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Variant Alert: Hulk 2018 Variants

Well in terms of variants we have had a gamma bomb of them go off. Starting early February and ending in early March a steady stream of Hulk variant covers have been appearing on various other titles. List is below. Most likely to help usher in the return of the Incredible…err…Immortal Hulk.

I myself avoid most variants but on occasion a cover comes along I must have. Thankfully most of these sold for about $6 and they celebrate key moments in the Hulk’s past. So…I grabbed a few of them.  Some cause I loved the art, others cause I liked the artist.

In any case they have made me pumped for the return of mean green. GET SMASHED.

List of variants released. Bold items are ones I felt worth owning (pictures included below).

1.      ALL-NEW WOLVERINE by MIKE PERKINS
2.     AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #795 by DALE KEOWN
3.     AVENGERS #679 by RAMON PEREZ
4.     BLACK PANTHER #170 by ANNA RUD
5.     CAPTAIN AMERICA #698 by BILQUIS EVELY
6.     DAREDEVIL #598 by MARCO CHECCHETTO
7.     DEFENDERS #10 by STEPHANIE HANS
8.     DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #294 by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON
9.     DOCTOR STRANGE #385 by MIKE DEODATO
10.   INCREDIBLE HULK #713 by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
11.   INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME #1 by MARCOS MARTIN
12.   INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #597 by CHRIS STEVENS
13.   MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #3 by MIKE HAWTHORNE
14.   MIGHTY THOR #704 by TYLER KIRKHAM
15.   OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2 by TERRY DODSON
16.   OLD MAN LOGAN #35 by STEVE MCNIVEN
17.   PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 by DAVID NAKAYAMA
18.   ROGUE & GAMBIT #2 by MIKE MCKONE
19.   VENOM #161 by RON LIM
20.   X-MEN: GOLD #21 by ADI GRANOV

Disney Exclusive Planet Hulk (Marvel Select) (2017)

Attention Hulk fans…this is one figure you DO NOT want to miss out on.

Released in October 2017 is the Disney Store Exclusive Planet Hulk figure. And boy is he gorgeous.

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Admittedly I have not collected many Marvel Select figures, but this has got to be the best Marvel Select Hulk figure, if not the best general Marvel Select figure, ever. The attention to detail is amazing. The paint job is awesome (with some slight exceptions). The sculpting is almost spot-on as well.

 

It IS the definitive Planet Hulk (Green Scar) figure we have been waiting for. This makes the Marvel Legends Planet Hulk figure look like a cheap knock-off by comparison.
This figure looks like an almost exact copy to the Hulk in the comics. Some small design changes are present, but its amazing nonetheless. The sculpting is near perfect. My only gripe is the eyes. They seem a bit doe-eyed to me, but easily remedied by lowering his head down and letting the visor cover them. It’s really more bad-ass this way.

The paint job captures so many little details and really brings this character to life. Only in a few spots on the armor is it a bit sloppy.PH4

The figure’s armor is amazing. I especially love his silver plated arm, complete with spikes. The shield is thankfully included, along with an wicked axe! I think this is the first Hulk figure to include weapons or any sort of add-ons.

This figure is also huge! And heavy. He commands quite a presence when displayed. This does lead to my only other big issue which is the articulation. Due to his bulk and the armor he is limited in his movements. But the poses you can pull off are really cool. This Hulk is quite a display piece. From a distance it looks more like a statue rather then a “toy”.

This figure is only available from the Disney store for $30. So forget asking your local comic shop for it. If you are unlucky enough to not be near a Disney store you will have to shell out $45 or more on Ebay, but other options may exist.

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In short, if you are a Hulk fan…BUY THIS! You will be so happy with it guarding your comics.

Get Smashed!

 

Marvel’s Legacy is Incredible CRAP

If you are not aware Marvel is introducing a new  series called Legacy in order to “honor” the characters of the past with the use of their newer counterparts. 

I am not reading the other titles, but in the case of the Hulk they are crapping all over his legacy in my opinion. They have decided with the introduction of the TA (totally awesome) Hulk visiting the Planet Hulk storyline to renumber the issue and rename it Incredible Hulk 709. 


This is clearly another attempt to make this character “a thing”. Frankly I find this move confusing for any new Hulk fans coming onboard after seeing the Avengers movies. This is NOT THE SAME HULK. He is a poser.

I was willing to be ok with this new Hulk in operating under his own title, but for Marvel to come along and give him the moniker of “incredible” is a huge load of crap. 

They never tried doing this with the Red Hulk. I am not a huge fan of the Red Hulk but he is his own character. He operates fine on his own and was never used to muscle in one the original Hulks position. I actually enjoy the Red Hulk more then this TA Hulk. 

I am not reading the other titles with the new characters so I don’t know how they are ripping on their Legacy characters with this new series. But speaking as a Hulk fan I am truly disappointed with Marvel. Once again you have lost out on money from me.  I have since even given up on their new She-Hulk series. Seems the only good Hulk story is Old Man Logan at this time.

Get your act together Marvel. Seriously. 

Best Hulk Stories

Are you a new Hulk fan or possibly an old fan who has fallen out of touch with the character? Well I advise you to check out goodreads.com. It is a site dedicated to people who love books of all kinds. This includes comic books. They have assembled, by reader votes, a pretty accurate list of the best Hulk stories ever (well 78 stories to be exact).

The list does seem to sit in favor of the more recent books. Planet Hulk and World War Hulk are unsurprisingly holding strong at the top of this list. So if you think the older comics are not being represented I would understand that.

Still I recommend you peruse the list to see if there is a great story you may have missed. http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/16971.Best_of_the_Hulk

Here are the stories in the top 10:

  1. The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk by Greg Pak
  2. The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect by Peter David
  3. Hulk: The End by Peter David
  4. World War Hulk by Grek Pak
  5. Indestructible Hulk, Volume 1:  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Mark Waid
  6. The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 1 by Peter David
  7. The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 2 by Peter David
  8. Batman vs The Incredible Hulk by Len Wein
  9. The Incredible Hulk, Volume 1: Return of the Monster by Bruce Jones
  10. The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 6 by Peter David

Get Smashed!

(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!

Where Anger Sleeps – Hulk’s Bed

Continually I am blown away by Marvel’s reveals from the new Thor movie. And this reveal is no exception. Feast your eyes on Hulk’s BED!

He sleeps in a freaking skull!! So B.A. I so badly want this to be something I can get from IKEA.

This item was put on display with a bunch of other MCU props at a Museum exhibit in Australia.
 

Once again I wait patiently (fists clenched) for November 3rd.