Avengers – No surrender # 684 Review

Hulk is back, baby! And he is kicking A$$ (bubblegum and taking names not required).

detailThis issue wastes no time in re-establishing the Hulk for a new generation…while also dipping into some history for the long time fans. In the last issue Hulk has emerged from a dark cave. This issue continues with a brief synopsis of the Hulk’s creation and bullet-points the handful of times Banner has seemingly died. Some of which I knew.

But I was surprised by how often Banner has been killed. I’m sure they stretched the word “dead” in some scenarios and I’m sure many other comic characters have died that many times and came back. So this “immortal” schtick is a bit weak…but nonetheless a cool premise in my mind for the Hulk.

For current readers who have followed along I’m sure most of it made sense. But for me, a guy who only reads Hulk, I was both somewhat confused by the story (but I got the gist) and had little to no clue who these new Avengers were. So basically for me it was just fun watching as everyone freaked out to see the original Hulk back from the dead and making a beeline for them.

It became even better to see each hero try to take down the Hulk only to be smacked down with little effort by mean green. Some might criticize the lack of Hulk gaining strength as he became angrier, but I loved this no holds barred return of the Incredible Hulk.

Happy was I to get back the old Hulk who had no quips or banter. Just hard action and seriousness. Sure there are other parts of the Hulks personality and mythos I hope to see explored again, but for now this satisfies.

In addition I have also read the follow up of issue #685 and truly this ferocity of the Hulk continues. I am so excited for Immortal Hulk and can’t wait to see more of this resurrected Hulk. Thank you Marvel….THANK YOU!

Hulk fans…he is back…and we are gonna be in trouble.

GET SMASHED!!

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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

Lord of the SMASH: Return of the Green

Great news! Exciting news!

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‘No Surrender’ poster teasing the Hulk’s return 

Marvel has released a teaser trailer for their new comic event ‘No Surrender’ starting in January 2018. Now I saw this trailer hoping for mention of Hulk and not seeing any. Turns out I was impatient and skipped the very end of the video…which just so happened to seemingly confirm the Hulk/Banner coming back from the dead. It’s about time! I was getting tired of the numerous temporary resurrections.

Thank you Incredible Hulk: Engine of Destruction for making me aware of this!

 

Check it out!

 

Batman Vs. The Incredible Hulk (aka The Monster and the Madman)

In memory of Len Wein (1948-2017)

This is a rare and special comic, for multiple reasons. First, the obvious…this issue has the Incredible Hulk…and freaking BATMAN! Wow, what a combination. Second, this comic is HUGE! It is tabloid size. See the image for a comparison between it and a standard size comic.

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This comic was released in September, 1981 as part of the DC special series (Vol.1 #27). Since I am not a DC fan (aside from Batman and a few other related characters) I don’t know all the details. This is the first crossover to feature Batman and the last of the huge tabloid size editions for many years.

Though the comic is typically referred to as ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ it’s true title is “The Monster and The Madman”. The story actually includes a lot of the Joker (in reference of the madman I assume). 

The story is told in several chapters and despite being a Hulk/Batman crossover deals with the Joker a lot. He is, as expected, the prime instigator between Hulk and Batman. Actually the Joker steals the show for the most part, and along with another villain (Marvel-related I believe) he gains some trippy powers.

batmanhulk1The story is written by Len Wein with art by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez. The art is not bad and does a good job of blending these two character’s worlds together. The story is actually really awesome in my opinion. In fact, its so highly praised its in the top 10 on goodreads.com. You can see my post on this here.

However, the story is probably more of a treat for Batman fans rather then Hulk fans. Hulk is a big part of the story, but he kind of gets upstaged by Batman who is then upstaged by Joker. It’s still worth the read. There is also the inclusion of various Batman and Hulk villains such as Abomination and Two-Face…well..sort of. In a way.

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Gotta include the Batman slap 🙂

 

 

 

Overall its a fun story with some really cool art. I recommend grabbing it if you can. The original large tabloid version is kind of expensive, especially a good copy. However, there have been smaller subsequent versions released such as the gold collectors edition and an even smaller book. They tend to go for a lower price. It’s also available as a digital comic.

Current Ebay Prices:

Original Tabloid Edition (1981):

  • $40-120 (10/12/17)

Collectors Edition (1995):

  • $20-40 (10/12/17)

 

 

EW exclusive clip – Thor Ragnarok: “Loki, look who it is!!”

Entertainment Weekly recently released an exclusive clip for the new Thor: Ragnarok film showing part of the initial meetup of Thor and Hulk. It also shows just how popular Hulk is on the planet Sakaar.

But of course you can’t beat the look of numb fear across Loki’s face. The last time Loki and Hulk crossed paths the trickster god got a major spanking.

Click on Link or Image Below to see Video

http://ew.com/movies/2017/10/09/thor-ragnarok-hulk-clip/

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Demofist: YOU can SMASH!

Lately I’ve been hooked on Kickstarter. Backing the coolest and unique projects. Well I just discovered a project that resonates with me as a Hulk fan. I invite you to check out, Demofist. A new project being currently funded on Kickstarter. The item in question is a solid steel fist that can be held with one hand and used for demolition purposes. The interior is foam covered with a cushioned bar. Is it practical? Perhaps not. But does it look fun to use? It does indeed.

I felt it was worthy to fund at early bird pricing. If you want this I suggest you hurry over and grab it soon. As a Hulk fan I cannot wait to SMASH things with this!

Get SMASHED!

Variant Alert: (She-)Hulk #1 (Ed McGuinness)

I am late in posting on this variant as it has been circulating online since about late 2016/early 2017. I say online cause this variant is made in collaboration with Hall of Comics and sold exclusively online. So you won’t be finding this at your local comic shop. hoc_hulk_cvr_a_1024x1024

This cover is an homage to the classic Incredible Hulk #181 cover which was the first complete appearance of Wolverine and of their first epic meeting. This cover takes that composition and substitutes the new Wolverine (X-23) and the She-Hulk (who is looking a bit different due to emotional/mental factors).

Admittedly I have not been a fan of this new (She-) Hulk series. The overall concept was interesting, but its execution has left a lot to be desired. I bought this issue for the cover and that’s it. I felt it was unique enough to be worthy to join the collection; and to have some female Hulk representation included. Also, I like McGuinness’ work.

I think it’s an attractive piece of art, but I do kind of wish Ed utilized the background a bit more rather then settle on a flat red background.

I would be remiss in mentioning that there are not one, not two, but THREE versions of this cover. One is as seen here. The second version (dubbed the popcorn version) includes Deadpool eating popcorn while riding on the back of the Wendigo. The third version is the popcorn variant, but in black&white (except Deadpool).

The issue originally sold for $65 and is still available as of this writing. Though it does seem to have a limited printing. Looking at Ebay any issues being sold have spiked to $85 or higher.

If you like covers, especially homage covers featuring Wolverine or She-Hulk then this one is for you. Otherwise you might just wanna skip it.