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.

 

 

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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

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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Thor: Ragnarok TOY Reveal

Here is our first look at one of the new toys being sold in time for the Ragnarok movie releasing in November. One would think they will be released in late October in time for the premier. He will retail for $34.99

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It appears to be one of those large talking Marvel figures you see in stores. They remind me of a walkie-talkie. Except this Hulk version has armor. It also seems it can “talk” with the Thor figure being released at the same time. Does this mean Hulk will be a chatty-Cathy in this film? I hope they don’t make him like the Hulk in Agents of S.M.A.S.H!

See original article here.

I’ll be keeping an eye open for him in the Fall.

Hulk #027 / Hulk Robot #006 Heroclix

hulk006-027I decided to handle both these figures at the same time since they are pretty much the same sculpt. As you can see the one on the left is a normal looking Hulk and the one on the right has robotic components.

The Robot Hulk figure was released first in 2011 in the Incredible Hulk set. The normal Hulk was later released in 2012 as part of the Galactic Guardians Set.

These probably represent the most detailed Green Hulk heroclix you will find with few exceptions. They have nicely sculpted muscles with a very basic paint job. The robotic parts seem more or less glued on extras which is why it’s odd the robot sculpt was released prior to the normal one. Their faces are kinda squished in there to handle so much detail.

The Robot Hulk is a common item while the normal Hulk is rated as ‘Rare’. Both are fairly cheap to buy ranging around $2-4 dollars.

Variant Alert: Future Imperfect #2 -Secret Wars (Rafa Garres)

detailThis cover has been out for awhile so I doubt you’ll find one just sitting on the shelf at your local comic shop. This variant was released in July 2015 and created by Rafa Garres. Your opinion on this cover may vary, but I am a big fan of the Maestro version of the Hulk and this cover certainly captures a unique look for the character.

In the comics the fallen hero armor and weapons belong to Rick Jones, not Maestro. But he does use Captain America’s shield briefly. There are statues and toys that show the Maestro wearing the costumes of heroes as armor, but that isn’t quite cannon. In any case it is a very cool image that I myself have used in my cosplay.

Admittedly this version of Maestro does remind me of an Orc from Warcraft. Despite this it is still a visage of the Maestro that is clearly barbaric and intense. Despite the Maestro not ever wearing the heroes items as armor in the comics this cover brings it closer to reality for me. I wish they would use this design in one of his stories.

Despite it being off shelves for some time this can be good news for you! I bought my copy in 2015 by luck from a comic shop for around $20. On Ebay you can probably snag this guy for around $5. That is the problem with variants. They are even more of a gamble.

Nevertheless I still find this cover awesome and I hope you do to.