Hulk #G004 Heroclix

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It is refreshing to get a Hulk Heroclix with him actually doing something –  other then just standing there. But also to be HUGE, at least in comparison to past figures.

This is the biggest Hulk Heroclix released so far (that I am aware of). He is by no means the same size as some of the even more colossal figures released, but its noticeable. He stands about 3 inches high.

The sculpt is decent, mostly due to the larger size accommodating slightly more detail. The paint job leaves something to be desired. This probably would have been a much nicer figure if it was given more TLC in that area. The pose makes him more dynamic and thankfully the Tank is made of hard plastic and doesn’t “slump”.

Overall a nice addition to the collection. I believe this figure was released in 2018 and as of this writing is not too expensive. The figure is about $3-$10 on Ebay.

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Journey into Mystery #112

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Writer: Stan Lee / Artist: Jack Kirby (and others)

Who is the Strongest Avenger? What say you? Well that’s what this comic is about. Stan Lee was obviously getting lots of fan mail back in the day (published in January 1965) demanding an answer to this question.

And in typical comic fashion…the answer is….”who knows??” Or in my opinion…it’s the hammer. Let me explain.

The comic is basically a flashback told from the perspective of Thor who is trying to help a dispute among some people as to who is stronger; Hulk or Thor. Thor tells of his last run-in with the Hulk and his desire to beat Hulk in a fair fight. Thor does the honorable thing and requests Odin to disable his hammer (Mjolnir) for a short time so he can battle without the hammer, and turning into his mortal altar-ego. This way he can use his brute strength only.

Thor is allowed five minutes of fight time without his hammer. This then leads to a game of “keep away” as Hulk attempts to take Thor’s hammer and destroy it. Since the hammer is now inert anyone can pick it up, even Hulk, and potentially smash it to pieces.

Both characters get in a good hit or two, but ultimately a conclusion is not made as the terrain they are battling on becomes unstable leading to Thor losing track of the Hulk. At this point his five minutes are up and Thor is re-activated again.

This issue solidify’s my opinion that Thor is really only as strong as his weapon and without it he does not pose a huge threat. (A major plot in Avengers 3 is his need for a new weapon after Hela destroyed his hammer in Ragnarok – until his new weapon was secured he wasn’t an issue for Thanos) Though one could argue Hulk did not stick around to finish his fight with Thor, hence he was scared of being defeated.

In any case I think Hulk is strongest since his strength is imbued from within and gains in power as he becomes angry. Thor is reliant on his weapon…and as has been observed…weapons can be taken away.

The story ends with Thor unable to make the claim he is the strongest.

This issue was a fun read and the art was nice. Definitely worth checking out. In addition to the Hulk Vs Thor story is a side story titled ‘Tales of Asgard: The Coming of Loki’. The brief synopsis being this tells of Odin discovering and deciding to adopt Loki as his own.

On Ebay, at time of this writing, this issue sells for anywhere around $50 – $400 depending on condition and if it’s graded.

Incredible Hulk #340

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Writer: Peter David / Cover & Artist: Todd McFarlane w/ Bob Wiacek

This is probably one of the most iconic Hulk AND/OR Wolverine covers known to mankind.

Incredible Hulk #340 was released February, 1988 with the assistance of two creative powerhouses; Peter David (writer) and Todd McFarlane (artist).

The story features Hulk colliding with Wolverine (quite literally) leading to one of the most epic showdowns (in my opinion) of these two famous characters. Peter David’s writing is solid and give the interactions between these two a ferocity rarely seen. The art provided by Todd McFarlane is equally up to the task of delivering the ‘blow by blow’ and ‘slice and dice’ as Hulk and Wolverine dish it out.

Of all the “Versus” comics I own, pitting Hulk against another famous character, this is probably my most favorite.

Coming back to the cover this art has been one of the most re-used layouts for other comics, for both Marvel and DC – not to mention many other publishers. It was even referenced quickly in the animated film ‘HULK VS Wolverine’. The use of Wolverine’s blades to reflect the approaching Hulk is inspired and easily will be a classic cover well into the future.

It is just strange how cheap this comic is. On eBay, prices for it ranges from as low $25 to as high as $130. So if you want a copy (and trust me you do_ now is the time to grab it. Who knows if/when it will go up in value?

Marvel Legends Masterworks: The Thing vs The Hulk

hulkvthing1-aThis unique diorama was released in 2006/2007. It is based on a cover from Marvel Feature #11 (1973). I believe a copy of this comic was also included with the statue, but the cover appeared to be an upgraded version to match the figure.

In this statue the mighty Thing and the Incredible Hulk are locked in battle. The ground is shattered with water spilling out from beneath Hulk’s feet.

This is a neat item to have on display. It is kind of small though and being made of hollow plastic it doesn’t have much of that quality feel. The sculpting and paint application is decent, but nothing to write home about.

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Overall a nice display piece, but nothing I would spend a lot of money on. I honestly leave it to you to decide if you want it. This item is hard to find and people are asking high prices for it on eBay (especially if in the box and with the comic). I managed to get mine in a beat up box, with the comic missing, for about $30. Which I felt was just about doable.

Average eBay Price:

  • $80 unopened in-box / loose unknown

 

The Immortal Hulk #1 Review

Immortal-Hulk-1-CoverThe Hulk is back…and he will find you.

On June 6th the first issue of Immortal Hulk hit shelves and boy has it sold fast. As of today all first printings are sold out and second printings will be arriving in July.

I am honestly not surprised as this is probably the best Hulk comic, let alone comic, I have read in quite some time.

Now it could be I’m biased and just having the original Hulk back is swaying my opinion. But honestly the writing and art direction came together perfectly to reintroduce this well-known character in a way we have not seen in quite some time…if at all.

The story is simple, but packs quite a punch. It holds nothing back as it establishes this is not a typical superhero story. The art captures the emotion of all the scenes and especially brings a chill down your spine once green skin (and eyes) begin showing in each panel.

Bruce Banner plays a very small part in this issue, but his actions establish the “rules” and expectations of what we can see with Hulk and Bruce going forward. The Hulk really is front and center. Quite literally too. His words and actions really show you he means business. He is a combination of Liam Neeson from Taken, The Hulk, and a dash of Ghost Rider. He will find you…and he will Kill you. Well maybe not kill you. I respect that the writers still maintained that Hulk is not a killer. But he will smash you and make you wish you were dead.

And I am not kidding about the Ghost Rider part. Hulk almost has a judge and jury vibe about him. Like he can see (or smell) your soul and make judgements on you prior to letting out the SMASH. Which honestly is very chilling. You are a bad guy doing your evil deeds and with no warning a green rage monster slams into your house. Knows your deeds. Makes you face them, leading to crushing your soul. And then beats you to within an inch of your life.

The Hulk is no longer just reacting to people attacking him. He is now actively searching out people who have wronged him or others. I don’t know about you…but that’s terrifying. The Hulk is not trying to only hide or protect someone…he is now on the hunt.

This comic is an extremely promising start to a new era of the Hulk. I hope it maintains this appeal for the full run and explores some interesting ideas. If you loved the old Hulk, hate the Totally Awesome Hulk, or enjoy a good horror comic…then this is for you.

Welcome back mean green. We missed you.

 

 

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

Thor: Ragnarok TOY Reveal 2: BAF

I feel a great disturbance in the force. As if a thousand wallets suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silent. I feel something INCREDIBLE has happened.

A Planet Hulk build-a-figure has been announced for the new Thor movie toy line. I have never done a build-a-figure before, but I think that time has come. See further details here. A gamma shout-out to JadeGiant.com for informing me.

To make this figure will set you back around $120. Start saving now as they should be hitting stores in the Fall in time for the movie.

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