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!

 

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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. 

Marvel Feature #1: The Defenders

defenders1With the new Defenders series hitting Netflix soon I think it’s best to revisit the origins of the group.

The Defenders in Netflix’s show may be more down-to-Earth then their Avenger counterparts. But in the comics The Defenders began with some pretty out of this world members. It originally began with the Sub-Mariner, Dr. Strange and the Hulk. This first issue was released in December 1971.

Dr.Strange discovers that a machine of terrible power has been created meant to destroy the world (go figure…). So he enables the help of the Sub-Mariner and Hulk in order to infiltrate the bad guys base and disable the machine.

The machine is technically not disabled, but through some manipulation of time is made mostly harmless.

This book is one of the better stories I have read from an older time period. The inclusion of Strange and the Sub-Mariner also gives a little more to the plot. I also like the art in this issue as well. Hulk of course does not play nice with others and takes some convincing, but ultimately becomes a founding member of The Defenders.

Hulk was also a founding member of The Avengers, but did leave in issue #2. In keeping with that, Hulk pretty much abandons the Defenders the second it’s named. He does become a significant returning member in later issues though.

This issue not only marks the beginning of the Defenders but also the Marvel Feature lineup which lasted 12 issues. It is from this lineup that the Defenders comics splintered off from.

This issue also includes a new Dr.Strange solo story. I believe it was meant to “reboot” or reintroduce him back into the public eye after a short hiatus.

As of this writing the issue is fairly popular. A decent copy goes for around $100-150 to as high as $400. I managed to snag mine for $50, though it is a bit beat up.

In my mind it’s worth it. To own a copy of Avengers #1 is easily in the thousands of dollars. At least with this issue of The Defenders, where Hulk is a founding member, the issue is affordable.