The Incredible Hulk #8
It’s a new day, and thus we have a new Hulk storyline… sort of. While issue eight begins the storyline “Stay Anger”, it is really chapter two in Jason Aaron’s run on Hulk. After having the only point one issue worth reading, Hulk finds himself changing back to Banner after to two were separated in the first storyline. Banner still seems to be off the deep end and is up to no good while the Hulk is calmed down. Hulk keeps waking up in precarious situations, and in order to stay awake long enough to find out the truth the Hulk must, of course, stay angry.
Putting Banner and Hulk even more at odds is an interesting concept, and I hope Aaron’s story will hold up as it progresses. Banner/Hulk has always been his own worst enemy, but the lines between the two have never really been this defined before. The story is solid, but doesn’t really feel like a great starting point for people wanting to get one board. The interior artwork is only okay, but issue seven point one and onward covers feature some of the best Hulk artwork ever. The only really off putting thing is that Hulk’s hair got nuked off and it just feels weird watching him be bald. Though, the more disturbing thing is that The Punisher seems to have found Hulk’s hair and glued it to his chin.
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It’s taken us almost a year to reach this point, but I have to say it was worth it. The revamped Turtles comic has been a great ride so far, and the time has come to bring in the biggest villain in their little story, the Shredder. If I have to explain who the Shredder is, and why he is such a big deal, then you are obviously reading the wrong webpage. All you really need to know is that Shreds is portrayed in this comic as much more than a stock villain, and that he is back with a vengeance. Everything over the past nine issues has built upon itself and this is a major block to the awesome story that has been cooked up here. Some might say that things have been building up to this issue, but that isn’t really true. There is so much rich story here that this really isn’t any kind of climax. This is just the opening volley of Act 2.
Every month Diamond Comic Distributors puts out a fat book detailing just about everything comic book related that is coming out a few months from now. It’s like a crystal ball made out of paper. Granted the publishers have been known to make last minute delays in many things previewed in this book, but it is still a helpful guide to keep updated on the every changing comic book world. Here are some key printings that I noticed and wanted to share with my fellow Basement nerds.
The superhero that really isn’t a superhero gets his own ongoing series. The comic has an interesting art style and is written by the well known Matt Fraction (Iron Man, Thor). I’m kind of on the fence about it but will probably give the first issue a shot. Pun totally intended.
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
(4 issue series)
They’re trying to make Deadpool series? Really? And it’s suppose to be a horror comic written by Cullen Bunn? I suppose there is a market out there that will buy this comic. Like Bunn’s mother.
Batgirl vs. Batwoman! Nothing really important here except that. I just wanted to bring attention to the awesome girl on girl redhead on redhead action.
Superman: Earth One Vol. 2
J. Michael Straczynski wrote an interesting take on Superman’s first day in Metropolis. Now he is back for a sequel. Let’s hope it’s at least as interesting as the first.
Phantom Lady #1
One of the first pin-up girls of comic books is going solo from the Freedom Fighters team in this new ongoing. Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, but only really caught my eyes because the cover (note only cover and not interiors) was done by Amanda Conner. And she is awesome.
Steed and Mrs. Peel
The super spy story “The Avengers” (not to be confused with “The Avengers”) is getting a new comic written by Mark Waid. To be honest I don’t know much about these characters but it appears to have promise. There is also going to be a Linsner cover that is encased in carbonite with a rating of 9.6.
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