Nedry Comic Review: Indestructible HulK
The I have completely gutted my Marvel books. All avengers and X titles are canceled. Pretty much, I'm finishing whatever hasn't ended.
Like others, I have read the Hulk for decades and watched them completely screw up the Character in the last decade. Basically, if Planet Hulk and World War Hulk are the best stories in a Decade something is wrong. Yes, I enjoyed those stories, but none of it stuck minus the stupid Red Hulks. Better known as, "OMG let's make tired characters relevant again by giving them powers."
Still, as a Hulk fan, I broke down and purchased the book. I argued with myself and realized I have bought trash. When they upset Peter David, I stuck around. The John Byrne And Ron Garney reboot wasn't fun and I stuck around. I kept running through the revolving door, including Jeph Loeb and the "everyone is now a hulk" fiasco.
I like Mark Waid. I know he has his ups and downs, but he is consistent in my book. In this issue, he lays it all on the line. There is no cliffhanger, nagging question, or hint of an overreaching arc. You learn why Maria Hill is in the small town, why Banner has decided to reach out to shield and of course you get the Hulk. I enjoyed reading a book that didn't try to hook you with a mutant Autopsy cliffhanger (Avengers Now 1).
It also carries on from the end of the last book. The discussion Hulk and Banner had is slightly changed, but still referenced in the book. Actually, it is why I enjoyed the stories leading up to Planet Hulk. There was an alliance between Banner and they "just wanted to be left alone." This feels like it will be a new take on "being left alone." One thing I really enjoy from the movies and the books is that Banner is as smart as Stark and Richards. Anyone reading Marvel knows, they have been pushing this pint off and on for the last six years. Heavily pushed since Loeb took over the book. It actually feels like a natural progression for the character.
The movie Avengers push. You can tell that they want the book moving towards the movies. There are aspects of the Avengers and the Incredible Hulk in the book. They fit, but as a long time fan it irks me when a book tries to capture or change itself to match the movie. Still, they aren't bad and they make sense.
The art. I'm not sure where this push of still, splash pages and implied action came from, but I do not like it at all. I miss the days of an artist drawing a fight. I have many favorites, but you rarely see action scenes unless it is a crossover. When the fight occurs, you get a splash page, mini scenes and a small splash of Hulk's strength. The dialogue is cool, but the art is bleh IMO.
Overall I'd give it a 4 out of 5 for a new beginning book.