Ok. Now I’m MAD

Now I might be overdoing it, but this is really going too far. I read recently that Marvel would be doing a new series where they would re-visit the Planet Hulk story line with ‘Return to Planet Hulk’ (as part of the Marvel Legacy lineup). Now I would be fine with re-visiting it…as long as the original Hulk associated was included. totallyawesomehulk-1004378

Nope…we are getting a Planet Hulk story line with Amadeus Cho (AKA the Totally Lame Hulk). And here they are ripping off one of the covers of the old series to sell the new one. Out of sheer sick curiosity I will page through it when it drops. But that’s it. Unless something has changed regarding the character I will not be buying this.

No, Marvel. I will not encourage this farce further by giving you my money.

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Am I over reacting? Feel free to prove me wrong.

Best Hulk Stories

Are you a new Hulk fan or possibly an old fan who has fallen out of touch with the character? Well I advise you to check out goodreads.com. It is a site dedicated to people who love books of all kinds. This includes comic books. They have assembled, by reader votes, a pretty accurate list of the best Hulk stories ever (well 78 stories to be exact).

The list does seem to sit in favor of the more recent books. Planet Hulk and World War Hulk are unsurprisingly holding strong at the top of this list. So if you think the older comics are not being represented I would understand that.

Still I recommend you peruse the list to see if there is a great story you may have missed. http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/16971.Best_of_the_Hulk

Here are the stories in the top 10:

  1. The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk by Greg Pak
  2. The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect by Peter David
  3. Hulk: The End by Peter David
  4. World War Hulk by Grek Pak
  5. Indestructible Hulk, Volume 1:  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Mark Waid
  6. The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 1 by Peter David
  7. The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 2 by Peter David
  8. Batman vs The Incredible Hulk by Len Wein
  9. The Incredible Hulk, Volume 1: Return of the Monster by Bruce Jones
  10. The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 6 by Peter David

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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.

Hulk – 10th Anniversary Edition – #002 (Heroclix)

This Hulk heroclix was released in 2012 under Marvel’s Heroclix Tenth Anniversary set. The figure is clearly in reference to the Hulk when he first changes and seeks to escape the military bunker holding him in Incredible Hulk #1.

hulk clix2The figure has decent sculpting, though the face leaves much to be desired. The pose is nice as well. The figure is a common rarity so its typically cheap and easy to find. Typically costs $2-5.

An easy addition to any Heroclix collection.

 

 

Incredible Hulk #197

If I am not mistaken this is the first time Hulk encounters the swamp creature known as Man-Thing. I personally am not a huge fan of Man-Thing as I feel he is kind of a rip-off of Swamp Thing (but who ripped off who I can’t be sure. Seems both characters debuted in 1971…hmmm).

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Writer: Len Wein / Artist: Sal Buscema / Cover: Bernie Wrightson

Any way, this issue was released in March 1976. The most notable detail (and reason why I own it) in my opinion is the cover. It is the only Incredible Hulk cover ever created by Bernie Wrightson. The only other Hulk story he did was for a graphic novel of Hulk and the Thing. If you don’t know who Wrightson is, be sure to check out my post in memory of him.

I had hoped to get him to sign this but at the time this was a hard issue to find and had to resort to an online auction. With Wrightson’s passing that dream died with him (unless I buy a signed copy).

The issue in general is not a bad story. In addition to Man-Thing it includes a host of characters such as The Glob, “Doc” Samson, and The Collector. The two monsters in this story battle the Hulk and actually give Jade Jaws a hard time.

At the time of this writing this book is not expensive. Ebay prices typically have it around $10 – 20 at best, but of course there are exceptions. However, it is hard to find. At least it has for me. I’ve only ever seen one issue in all my searching and it was the one I own.

So this one won’t break the bank, but I’d plan to get it online. RIP Wrightson.

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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.