Q-Fig – Ragnarok (Hulk & Thor)

Q-Fig has done us the honor of releasing a pair of figures for the movie Thor: Ragnarok. Thor and Hulk are sculpted in the iconic poses of the two launching into battle. The Thor figure is very nice, but clearly the Hulk in gladiatorial armor is the winner here.

Each figure can be purchased separately and displayed. But I suggest you get both since the bases fit together and its feels more complete that way. Buying both though will set you back roughly $50 ($35 for Hulk / $15 for Thor). The higher price for Hulk is due to his size (Q-fig MAX). But that being said I like how Q-fig stylizes their figures and I prefer collecting these to POP!’s or anything else.

Overall a great display piece for a decent price. Don’t pass it up if you can!

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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!!

Thor Vs. Hulk: Champions of the Universe – Review

Thor Vs. Hulk: CoU is a six issue series released in 2017 exclusively through Comixology (a digital comicbook store). Though I have heard it plans to release as a complete physical version at a later date.

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The premise is simple…pit Thor and Hulk against each other in a series of tests to find the strongest. This series actually has some fun with this and explores many facets of both characters and seeks to dig into what makes them tick. However, the way in which it’s done alongside some mediocre art lends itself to a somewhat less then impressive series.

Following on the heels of Thor: Ragnarok its a fun comic, but not nearly serious enough to gain my full attention. Something the movie did slightly better but had similar issues.

The story however is forgivable. My issue was primarily with the art style which seemed to change with each issue and go from pretty good to “meh”. In other words it was a bit too Saturday morning cartoon for me.

Also, I found the main bad “guy(s)” to be boring and trying too hard to be funny or self-aware. They never really made me feel like what Hulk and Thor were doing was really worth there’s or my time.

Overall, a fun comic but not much more then that.

 

 

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!

 

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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Easily this is Thor and Hulk at their best on screen to date. The film is never boring, and it is very funny…almost to a fault.

I went out to the Thursday night early showing of Thor: Ragnarok (my custom made Hulk helmet atop my head and face painted green with the white tattoo from the film).

After nearly two years I was pumped and ready to see this film that had my expectations incredibly high…and for the most part they were met.

The film moved quickly and did a decent job of juggling so many characters, including a few fun cameos and such. Most characters were also presented very well. Though I still have reservations about Korg’s voice. Miek should also have had a bigger role.

The humor pervaded the entire film. In most cases the humor was on point and got a chuckle out of me. However, I felt there were times it could had held back a little. The humor might have been more effective had it been better balanced with the seriousness of such a topic as the end of Thor’s world. Certain characters introduced in previous Thor films died in this movie…but were quickly passed over for the next joke or were just handled very poorly. The impact of these had very little resonance, even if they were bit characters.

That being said the humor definitely livened things up and it is clear the makers of this film wanted to hit on the same beats as Guardians of the Galaxy. But even in GotG there were serious moments that were better handled.

Thor is amazing in this. Especially in the first scene where he still has his hammer. THIS was the Thor we have all been waiting for. He was incredibly badass. Later in the film his lightning powers become more apparent and he certainly uses them to his advantage leading to even more awesome scenes.

Hulk very nearly steals the stage in my opinion, but fails to do so due to his second-banana role. Many scenes have him conveniently operating off screen or he is blurred out as we are focused on Thor. That being said the Hulk has his time to shine. We get a better idea of his personality. We get to see him have more range in how he thinks and we get to see him do more then just SMASH. He becomes a more fully fleshed character. His scene in the gladiator arena will probably be burned into my brain for the rest of my life. However, I cam kind of angry how the battle with Thor ended….didn’t seem like something the Hulk would be ok with to me. But overall I really enjoyed Hulk in this film!

However, my major gripe is that the movie essentially uses the Planet Hulk storyline but replaces Hulk with Thor. Hulk then basically becomes his Korg (or Silver Savage). Many of the major plot points of Planet Hulk are in Ragnarok…even including how it ends. It just upset me that arguably the best Hulk story in decades was used to make Thor a better movie.

Oh well, we Hulk fans must take what we can get as long as Universal still holds the rights to him. At least we know Hulk will continue to play a big role in future films.

Also, despite Hulk becoming a second place characters and a side story (though it was the better story in my opinion when competing with the main Ragnarok story) many advertisements placed Hulk at the center. Most of the Hulk’s best scenes were leaked in the trailers. It was a disappointment to be marketed so heavily under Hulk, but then we end up seeing mostly Thor in the film.

I could go on and on with what I loved and hated about the film. So I will just say that as a film this was definitely entertaining. Everyone in it was at their best. Thor and Hulk were at their best. I hope Marvel hears the criticisms and fixes things in the future. But overall I recommend this film…two fists up!

Get Smashed!

 

Disney Exclusive Planet Hulk (Marvel Select) (2017)

Attention Hulk fans…this is one figure you DO NOT want to miss out on.

Released in October 2017 is the Disney Store Exclusive Planet Hulk figure. And boy is he gorgeous.

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Admittedly I have not collected many Marvel Select figures, but this has got to be the best Marvel Select Hulk figure, if not the best general Marvel Select figure, ever. The attention to detail is amazing. The paint job is awesome (with some slight exceptions). The sculpting is almost spot-on as well.

 

It IS the definitive Planet Hulk (Green Scar) figure we have been waiting for. This makes the Marvel Legends Planet Hulk figure look like a cheap knock-off by comparison.
This figure looks like an almost exact copy to the Hulk in the comics. Some small design changes are present, but its amazing nonetheless. The sculpting is near perfect. My only gripe is the eyes. They seem a bit doe-eyed to me, but easily remedied by lowering his head down and letting the visor cover them. It’s really more bad-ass this way.

The paint job captures so many little details and really brings this character to life. Only in a few spots on the armor is it a bit sloppy.PH4

The figure’s armor is amazing. I especially love his silver plated arm, complete with spikes. The shield is thankfully included, along with an wicked axe! I think this is the first Hulk figure to include weapons or any sort of add-ons.

This figure is also huge! And heavy. He commands quite a presence when displayed. This does lead to my only other big issue which is the articulation. Due to his bulk and the armor he is limited in his movements. But the poses you can pull off are really cool. This Hulk is quite a display piece. From a distance it looks more like a statue rather then a “toy”.

This figure is only available from the Disney store for $30. So forget asking your local comic shop for it. If you are unlucky enough to not be near a Disney store you will have to shell out $45 or more on Ebay, but other options may exist.

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In short, if you are a Hulk fan…BUY THIS! You will be so happy with it guarding your comics.

Get Smashed!

 

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)