Hulk #30

Do you like the green Hulk? Do you like the red Hulk? Well good news! With this issue you don’t have to choose!

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Writer: Jeff Parker / Artist: Ed McGuinness

This is probably one of the most unique and fun issues to come out for the Hulk in recent memory for me. This issue was released in April 2011 with Ed McGuinness (artist) and Jeff Parker (writer) as the creators.

In short this issue is crazy. The art is amazing and the story is moved along by the inclusion of such a random assortment of characters. Not to mention you see the one and only time the two Hulks are merged into the ‘Compound Hulk’. Both Hulks come together to fight Xemnu who demands a fight to prove himself the better Hulk (see Journey into Mystery #62).

A character known as the ‘Impossible Man’ offers to help and merges the two brutes in order to not only defeat Xemnu, but the assorted other monsters he summons. The Impossible Man is a welcome addition of comedy and is very much a merging of Jim Carrey’s ‘The Mask’ and Genie from ‘Aladdin’.

 

Of course this merging is not exactly the ideal plan for both brutes who prefer to work alone. As such we get some interesting verbal sparring between both Hulks as they fight to gain full control of their new form and eventually find a reason to fight as one.

The story is more or less self contained. So you can easily buy this issue and not feel lost by any preceding events and receive a satisfying conclusion all within this one book.

In short, I can’t recommend this book enough. Go and buy it. That being said it does seem sort of hard to find, but not too expensive. And it seems this form of the Hulk has made quite an impression as there are Funko pops and other assorted items for the compound Hulk. Such as the NYCC exclusive figure.

Note: the photo shown is of a signed copy I own. Signature by Ed McGuinness.

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Variant Alert: Immortal Hulk “Best Defense” #1 (Joe Bennett)

Attention Immortal Hulk fans! The original Defenders are coming back and that means old jade jaws is teaming up. As a prelude to this event Marvel released this short series titled under ‘The Best Defense’. Issues will be released for all members including Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer and Namor.

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Recently released (12/5/18) was Hulk’s issue and I managed to grab this variant created by the main artist of the Immortal Hulk series, Joe Bennett. It includes all the Defenders together with Hulk up front and center. A sharp looking cover in my opinion. Reminds me of the first Defenders issue, though it doesn’t pay homage by matching the poses or layout of that first issue.

This issue is 1:25 if I remember correctly. So not impossible to find but still rare. Currently on Ebay its priced for around $10-15. I managed to get mine at my LCS for about $15.

I recommend adding this one to your collection if you can!

 

Hulk (Spider) #049 Heroclix

hulk-spider-clixThis heroclix of Hulk was released in 2018 for the Secret Wars – BattleWorld collection. It is considered Super-Rare. I was not aware a version of the Hulk like this existed. I just happened to see a picture of it online. Now I’ve always known of the Spider-Hulk where Peter Parker gets the Hulks powers. But I did not know there was a story where Hulk gained an additional 4 arms.

It seems back in 2015 a small series of books titled ‘Spider-Island’ came out which seems to feature multiple Marvel characters turned into Spider versions of themselves. Much like the ‘Hulked-Out’ heroes that was done during ‘World War Hulks’. I have not read this story-line but I think I’m going to have to track it down so I know whats going on.

This figure is surprisingly detailed. I would say sculpting-wise its among the best Hulk heroclix out there. However, there are places where the amount of detail seems to have caused small issues in production. Little bits of plastic are sticking out from random spots on the figure. The paint job is decent.

Seeing the Hulk with six arms is quite unique so I’m glad I have it to add to my collection.

Current Ebay prices have it online for around $15 or less.

A Star is Born

So in recent news – something unpredictable occurred – seems the Hulk has gone and had a whole star constellation named after him (along with others such as Godzilla and the TARDIS). This was a way for NASA to celebrate the FERMI gamma space telescope’s 10 years in operation.

Now these constellations are more “un-official” and since they are only emitting gamma rays (get back to that shortly) they can’t be seen with the naked eye. So don’t try looking for him in the night sky.

So yeah, gamma rays. The Hulk among others were chosen to name certain constellations to match certain attributes of their namesakes. Hulk, of course, the product of Gamma rays.

Its unfortunate most of us will never see this constellation, but as a Hulk fan I think it’s cool he was added as a new myth among the heavens.

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To read more: https://weather.com/science/space/news/2018-10-23-nasa-gamma-ray-constellations-hulk-godzilla

To explore the new constellation on NASA’s map:  https://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/constellations/

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.

Marvel Legends Target 3-Pack ‘Doc Green’ (2015)

This figure came as part of a Target Exclusive 3-pack including Ultron and Vision. This figure was called ‘Doc Green’ in reference to the smart Hulk incarnation that was occurring in the comics at the time. However, this figure bears little resemblance to that character. I mean they couldn’t even get the hair right.

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However, if you look closely you see this figure is really just a repaint of older Hulk sculpts/pieces. If you look at the pants they are the same pants Hulk wore on the Avengers 2 figures. Just not painted with details and trim.

The same can be said of the other figures in this pack. They were old sculpts with a new paint job and called something else. So this “exclusive” pack was really a cheap knock-off meant to get money from dumb collectors and kids who wouldn’t care.

The only reason I own this guy is cause I found him for $5 at some local toy convention. That is all he is really worth. The only unique thing about him is the head sculpt and it stinks. Plenty of articulation, but with this figure who cares.

Overall I would say skip this guy if you see him. Unless, of course, he is cheap and you want another Hulk for the collection.

Current Ebay Prices:

  • $12-20 loose (9/29/17)

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.