The Hulk Lives Again *spoilers*

My Hulk is back and you’re gonna be in trouble.
(Hey, la-di-la, my Hulk is back.)
When you see him comin’, better cut out on the double.
(Hey, la-di-la, my Hulk is back.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, it is true. Hulk and Bruce are back from the dead.And after only four months!
This story occurs in this months and next months issue of Uncanny Avengers #15 and #16 (released Oct. 12th and November 9th). Details are somewhat limited on what brought this about. From what I understand the ninja assassin group known as ‘The Hand’ will use their ancient magic to resurrect Bruce and thus the Hulk back to life. This also in effect gives them control of the green beast for their own ends.
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I have mixed feelings on this. On one hand I am very happy he’s back. I mean this is the original green man himself. The incredible Hulk. Not some “totally awesome” poser.
On the other hand though it totally demeans the character’s death in the first place. And by extension weakens the overall impact of any future deaths Marvel has planned. They either should have waited longer (at least a year) or figured out some other way to do it. Like maybe a series where the Hulk’s closest friend reminisce on his past actions or most memorable stories. Maybe give their unique perspective on how they saw him during those times. A highlight reel of sorts. It would have been a great way to introduce the best of the Hulk to new readers before bringing him back officially.
In any case mean green is back and who knows how a recently dead Hulk will react. Pet Cemetery comes to mind….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now he’s back and things will be fine.
(Hey, la-di-la, my Hulk is back.)
You’re gonna be sorry you were ever born.
(Hey, la-di-la, my Hulk is back.)

‘Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell’ COMING SOON! **sneak peek**

Hulk’s newest animated film is arriving this month on October 21st for Digital HD. Blu-Ray/DVD release not confirmed at this time.

Nightmare is manipulating Hulk while Dr. Strange fights to contain the Hulk’s rampage. Be prepared for a dream dimension full of people captured by Nightmare and transformed into monsters. With the aide of the Howling Commandos, Dr.Strange will attempt to thwart Nightmare’s plan to cross to the waking side and bring a host of creatures borne of darkness.

The film will run 70-75 minutes long. Marvel has even released a clip of the new movie. Check it out below. Sadly though the animation reminds me more of a television show then a feature length animated film. Clearly that while Marvel may rule the roost in terms of films, DC is still king of animated features. Which is a shame. But we Hulk fans will take what we can get.

In any case I am excited for a new Hulk movie, even if it’s animated. And a Halloween themed story makes it even better. Hulk versus a bunch of monsters? Yes please!

Incredible Hulk #5

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Writer & Editor: Stan Lee / Artist: Jack Kirby

Another oldie but goldie, Incredible Hulk #5. This issue was released in January of 1963 as part of the original Hulk run. Featuring two stories this issue features the Hulk facing off against (in his first ever appearance) Tyrannus and General Fang (also his first and only appearance).

In the first story Tyrannus abducts Betty Ross and takes her deep underground. Banner learns of this and of course goes into pursuit as the Hulk .Tyrannus, using Betty as leverage, forces the Hulk to fight as a gladiator for him This doesn’t last long before Hulk smashes everything and saves Betty. It’s a simple story but its one of the better ones told in the original series. I also think the armor he wears is kinda cool. Especially the helmet. Would like to see that brought back.

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In the second story General Fang is the leader of an eastern army threatening to destroy another nation. A cry for help is broadcast across the world and Bruce hears the transmission. Determining he is the only one who can help he leaps into action as the Hulk and takes him down. He dresses as an abominable snowman in the hopes of scaring Fang’s army and fights a holographic dragon.

Overall a good set of stories and the inclusion of a villain’s first appearance makes this comic something special.  I also really like this cover. It’s been a sort of minor holy grail to me. My issue is more or less in decent shape (at least readable). The panels are a little faded and the cover is a bit raged. The biggest issue is that the comic is yellowed revealing it wasn’t properly stored. But these imperfections made it cheap enough for me to afford. A fresher copy can easily go for three times what I paid. So given my desire and funds available its the best I could do. Maybe one day a better issue will become available. For now I’m quite happy with it.

Average eBay Prices:

  • $175-$400 (based on condition)(8/19/2016)

 

 

Incredible Hulk Classics War Hulk (2004)

warhulk1This is by far one of my, if not most, favorite Hulk action figure. I love the armor on this guy, especially the mask. He is definitely rocking that ‘Predator’ vibe. For a full run down of the background on why Hulk looks like this you can check out my posts on Hulk issues #456457 which feature him. But basically Hulk is recruited to be the newest Horsemen of War by Apocalypse.

The figure has a lot of armor. The mask can be taken off to reveal a grimacing Hulk underneath. The shoulder pads and arm gauntlets can also be removed. The armor is meticulously painted and even has battle damage! His skin is shaded and the veins are even colored in. And no that is not discoloration on his feet, they were actually painted that way. He also comes with a sword and whip (unfortunately the whip is not bendable). Articulation has also not been spared on this figure allowing for plenty of posing. However, with the loose armor it can be difficult.

My only real gripe with this figure is the push button on his back making the arms go up and down in a “Hulk Smash” action. Not a fan of that as it seems gimmicky for such a well constructed figure and doesn’t help in posing.

Given this level of quality this figure is fairly expensive and highly sought after. A loose one is the cheapest option as a packaged one can fetch twice as much. Hard to find too. I have only ever seen one other aside from the one I own and it was in package. I managed to nab this one for $80 bucks at a comic convention. Expensive, but I don’t regret it. You don’t see too many Hulk figures like this. Easily this Hulk lineup released in 2004 is the best made to date.

Average eBay pricing:

  • $80-100 loose / $150-200 in-package (8/12/16)