(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!

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Hulk – 10th Anniversary Edition – #002 (Heroclix)

This Hulk heroclix was released in 2012 under Marvel’s Heroclix Tenth Anniversary set. The figure is clearly in reference to the Hulk when he first changes and seeks to escape the military bunker holding him in Incredible Hulk #1.

hulk clix2The figure has decent sculpting, though the face leaves much to be desired. The pose is nice as well. The figure is a common rarity so its typically cheap and easy to find. Typically costs $2-5.

An easy addition to any Heroclix collection.

 

 

The Incredible Hulk Movie Gray Hulk Action Figure (2008)

Back in 2008 the second Incredible Hulk movie came out starring Edward Norton. In addition a video game for the film was released. In October, Hasbro released a line of toys combining characters from both the movie and the game. A neat idea, but a tad confusing.

hulk grey-smallOne of these characters was the grey hulk shown here. This figure came complete with a bendable stop sign he could use as a club. I purchased this figure from a re-seller (approx $30) who unfortunately didn’t have the extra item. Which is fine since I rather not be collecting tons of extra junk along with the figures…unless they are notable.

This figure is not huge or heavy but the amount of detail is staggering for a movie promo toy. Even in comparison to the other figures in the line he is something special. The varying grays really make his muscles and veins pop.The face is also unique and very nicely sculpted. Articulation of the limbs aren’t great but better then average. His right arm has a recoil smashing action along with a spring loaded grip for holding the Stop sign. He works great as a pencil holder.

I chose to purchase this Hulk mostly to include more versions of the Grey hulk in my collection and his level of detail is notable. He is hard to find. I believe I have only ever seen two so far, one of which is the one I bought. He may not be the “iconic” grey hulk, but he is definitely unique.

Current eBay Prices:

  • $25 loose / $60 in-package (7/19/17)
  • In Package not available / $30 loose (5/9/16)
  • $60 in package / $30 loose (4/16/2015)

Grey Hulk Battle Damaged (Toy Biz) (1996)

Despite the name of this figure only being called ‘Grey Hulk’ it can be plainly seen he has more going on then just that. And by more I mean the Jacket, Hat, Pants and Shoes. This Hulk is Mr. Joe Fix-It. For a short time the Hulk worked in Las Vegas as a bouncer and hit man for mob bosses. And he was really good at it too. This Hulk is not as strong as his Green counterpart, or perhaps his pure Grey version, but he is arguably one of the smartest incarnations. If nothing else, he is the most ruthless and sadistic of the transformations. He is aware of his actions and delights in causing pain and destruction. He enjoys making money and hooking up with girls. Some would say he is the expression of Bruce’s teenage side.mr fixit-small

The figure discussed here is not the best Mr. Fix-it figure out there, but there are so few it’s worth mentioning. He was released in 1996 as part of a Hulk series by Toybiz. Made in response to the somewhat popular Hulk cartoon airing on UPN during this time. The figure takes obvious cues from the show in that it is very cartoon-like. Very simple sculpt with a basic paint job. I dare say this figure also reminds me of King Kong from the old black and white film. Not sure if that film influenced it’s design. The figure came complete with a strange looking grenade launcher gun and hat. Sadly I bought this figure loose so I do not have the gun or hat. Which is honestly fine with me since I am not a big fan of the figure anyway. However, I like Mr. Fix-it and could not pass up this figure, being that it was the only time I have seen him in person.

The figure has limited articulation and has some weight to it. I purchased mine for around $11.

Avg. eBay prices:

  • $10 loose / $15-20 in-package (7/19/17)
  • $14 (5/9/16)
  • Prices current (4/16/15)
  • $10 Loose / $15-30 In-Packaging (6/21/14)

Ultimate Grey Hulk (Marvel Select) (2011)

Even though I know this blog is called ‘Green’ fists…any true Hulk fan knows our angry friend isn’t always…green. When the Hulk first exploded onto the scene he was grey. So for the first time on this blog let me introduce Grey Hulk. But this isn’t just any grey hulk. This is the grey hulk from the ultimates universe. I figured since the new Marvel Knight’s dvd features the Hulk from the Ultimate universe we should stick with it for awhile. ultimate grey hulk-small

This Hulk is much more ferocious, clever, and incredibly deadly. In the comic, ‘The Ultimates’, Hulk is on a rampage upon which he steals the pants off a fat corpse, drinks a tanker truck full of beer, and proceeds to kill Freddie Prinze Jr. while being sexually explicit with Betty Ross.

This is not the Hulk from the Saturday morning cartoons and the Avenger’s movie. But this Hulk is not without his softer side which comes out from time to time. If you have seen the older animated film “The Ultimate Avengers” then you have an idea of the ferocity and the basic premise of the Ultimates comic.

Getting back to the figure…this guy is fairly big (but not huge). His sculpt is also mostly hollow, not lending much to weight. The sculpting is somewhat plain with relatively little detail. The paint job is decent in the shading department though.  Also his joints and points of articulation are limited. His pose is limited to variations of what you see in this image. If he weren’t the only grey hulk in the marvel select line to date I probably would not have purchased him. But since he is, and the Hulk was originally grey I could not ignore him as an addition to my collection. He is from the Marvel Select series 3 (2011).

I purchased him loose, with minimal signs of use, at around $15.

Average eBay prices:

  • $20 loose / $40 in package (3/16/17)
  • $20 (4/27/16)
  • $35 in-package / $15 loose (4/16/15)
  • $40-90 based on condition. (9/17/13)

Lead Hulk Figurine (Specials Issue #1)

lead hulkThis small figure was released as part of a long series (The Classic Marvel Figurine Collection) spanning from 2007 to 2013. These figures were packaged along-side a magazine series published by Eaglemoss Publications. Each figure reflecting the magazine in question. In this case I purchased a magazine about the Incredible Hulk which included, this Hulk figure. Around 200+ magazines with figures have been released for various Marvel characters ranging from Spiderman to Blade to M.O.D.O.K.

Typically the figures stand around 9 cm tall. However some figures, such as this Hulk figure, are known as specials and are a slight bit bigger. There are even some figures known as Mega Specials which stand even bigger and include the likes of Galactus. Some are even double packs of related figures.

What makes these figures truly unique is how they were made. These figures are cast in lead, giving them some hefty weight. This hulk figure in particular is quite heavy for its size. In addition the figures are painted with a lead-based paint. The same paint known for causing cancer. So it’s best to wash your hands after handling one of these guys. In my research it seems the company responsible for these figures prohibited selling them to American buyers. The lead in these figures may be the reason why. Though I must say that this hasn’t stopped most comic stores I have visited from having any.  Tons of these guys sit in wait on shelves or still in their packages with their original magazines.

In addition to the green hulk shown here, a gray variant is also available. All the figures and magazines retailed for $20.99. I think I purchased this guy with his magazine and everything for around $20-25 back in 2011 or 2012.  The figure itself is sculpted fairly nicely, if not a bit chunky in certain spots. The paint job is somewhat detailed, but a tad sloppy in certain places. Overall a neat little addition to the collection. Hard to find. Unique production value. Comes complete with an attached base.

The green hulk is on ebay for:

  • $30-50 (3/16/17)
  • $30-50 (4/27/16)
  • $55 (6/10/15)
  • $50 (9/1/14)
  • $20-50 (9-3-13)

The gray hulk is on ebay for:

  • N/A (2017)
  • N/A (2016)
  • $40 (6/10/15)
  • $60 (9/1/14)
  • $25-45 (9-3-13)