Red Hulk #028 Heroclix

 

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This red Hulk figure was released as part of Marvel’s Incredible Hulk set released in 2011. For the most part the figures from that line-up were pretty standard. The sculpts and paint jobs were fairly plain. I think I just bought this guy since he was cheap and I wanted another red hulk for the collection.

Honestly you would be fine passing this guy up unless you love the red hulk.

Typically his prices range from $2-5 as of this writing.

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Hot Toys Gladiator Hulk – NEW PHOTOS

After many months of really no updates and continually looking at photos of the prototype – recent photos of the Gladiator Hulk (from Hot Toys) have begun surfacing.

Overall the figure looks mostly the same as the prototype…at least in general. The biggest change seems to be the head and helmet. The Hulk’s face is much closer to the movie. The hairstyle has a tighter cut. The helmet seems to have more detail (battle damage) and the mohawk is thinner. All good improvements in my opinion.

The only other noticeable change (and this I don’t like) is the body paint being silver instead of white.The silver is an interesting choice…but it doesn’t show up well. The original white paint has better contrast with his green skin.

Overall I’m happy with these recent updates to the figure. I have mine pre-ordered and been waiting for it to be released. But they keep pushing back the release date. Hopefully it shows up in the next month or so. I might even do a video review for that one.

GET SMASHED!

 

Immortal Hulk #2 Review

Yet again Al Ewing and Joe Bennet deliver with an awesome Hulk installment. We find ourselves following Bruce Banner as he investigates a series of deaths all seemingly connected. Meanwhile the Hulk lurks in the back of his mind, waiting for night (or death) to come.

What I truly love so far is that this story, much like the last, is truly its own self contained story. No guest characters, no references to other story lines, no fluff. Just a simple (hard hitting) story of a man, a monster…and a Hulk. So far each issue has read like a mini-novella horror mystery series.

The art  by Joe Bennet continues to be amazing and really drive home the emotion of all the characters.  Alex Ross also offers another sweet piece of cover art for this issue. Reminds me of those pulpy horror story covers on older books and magazines.

This is a very different Hulk story then in previous years. This is not a superhero story…this even ain’t quite an anti-hero story. Its a tale of a monster bringing justice on other monsters.

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What’s also interesting about this series so far is you never actually quite see the Hulk “SMASH” anything. You always see the lead up to it and the aftermath. But never the event itself. We have seen the Hulk destroy stuff plenty in the past. What’s new here is his motivations for smashing are the focus. Why he does it is what’s interesting. There’s no need here to see someone punched into oblivion. What’s important is to know why…and to see the results of a vengeful Hulk.

Brilliant work. Can’t wait for next month!

 

 

The Immortal Hulk #1 Review

Immortal-Hulk-1-CoverThe Hulk is back…and he will find you.

On June 6th the first issue of Immortal Hulk hit shelves and boy has it sold fast. As of today all first printings are sold out and second printings will be arriving in July.

I am honestly not surprised as this is probably the best Hulk comic, let alone comic, I have read in quite some time.

Now it could be I’m biased and just having the original Hulk back is swaying my opinion. But honestly the writing and art direction came together perfectly to reintroduce this well-known character in a way we have not seen in quite some time…if at all.

The story is simple, but packs quite a punch. It holds nothing back as it establishes this is not a typical superhero story. The art captures the emotion of all the scenes and especially brings a chill down your spine once green skin (and eyes) begin showing in each panel.

Bruce Banner plays a very small part in this issue, but his actions establish the “rules” and expectations of what we can see with Hulk and Bruce going forward. The Hulk really is front and center. Quite literally too. His words and actions really show you he means business. He is a combination of Liam Neeson from Taken, The Hulk, and a dash of Ghost Rider. He will find you…and he will Kill you. Well maybe not kill you. I respect that the writers still maintained that Hulk is not a killer. But he will smash you and make you wish you were dead.

And I am not kidding about the Ghost Rider part. Hulk almost has a judge and jury vibe about him. Like he can see (or smell) your soul and make judgements on you prior to letting out the SMASH. Which honestly is very chilling. You are a bad guy doing your evil deeds and with no warning a green rage monster slams into your house. Knows your deeds. Makes you face them, leading to crushing your soul. And then beats you to within an inch of your life.

The Hulk is no longer just reacting to people attacking him. He is now actively searching out people who have wronged him or others. I don’t know about you…but that’s terrifying. The Hulk is not trying to only hide or protect someone…he is now on the hunt.

This comic is an extremely promising start to a new era of the Hulk. I hope it maintains this appeal for the full run and explores some interesting ideas. If you loved the old Hulk, hate the Totally Awesome Hulk, or enjoy a good horror comic…then this is for you.

Welcome back mean green. We missed you.

 

 

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.