Posts Tagged ‘Hulk’

image

Sam Humphries and Marc Laming’s Planet Hulk mini-series drew to a close last week with issue #5, and it didn’t disappoint, well, maybe a little.  I’m going to keep this pretty short to avoid any spoilers.

Humphries has been building to the confrontation between Gladiator Cap and the Red King since the first issue, and we finally get it here, but it’s not the epic fight you would have hoped for, as it ends after only a few panels.  It really felt like a let down after we’ve been following the story through the previous four issues. However, we do learn some very interesting things about Cap’s guide through Greenland, Doc Green, which sort of made up for the lack of a huge final confrontation, and asks the question just how well do we really know ourselves?  In the end, the slight let down of this last issue certainly doesn’t take away from a solid series overall.  Give it a read.

The Verdict for Planet Hulk #5:
4/5 – I can dig it.

If you like this review, or any of my others, don’t forget to subscribe!

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
Civil War #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Secret Wars Journal #5
Captain America: White #1
RunLoveKill, Volume 1

image

Planet Hulk #4 finds barbarian Steve Rogers captured by the tribal Hulks in his quest to hunt the Red King, ruler of the Mud Kingdom.  His mission: to find his former partner, Bucky Barnes.  His companions, Devil Dinosaur, and Doc Green, who have been with him his entire trip through Greenland are nowhere to be found as he is bound and carried through the kingdom to one who will ultimately determine his fate.  However, all hope may not yet be lost for the Captain.

Sam Humphries works his magic yet again with this issue.  The basic storytelling is there, the interest is there, and the action is there.  When those three are blended together, and done well, the story just works.  Cap is steadfast as always, with his “never retreat, never surrender” attitude, which could either get him all the way through hardships to his goal, or get him killed somewhere along the way.  Also, the big reveal at the end of the issue wasn’t a total jaw-dropping shock moment, but it was unexpected, and it makes me eager to read the final issue to see how the characters handle it.

Laming’s solid artwork has been one of the constants with this series.  It certainly has a bit of classic comic book feel to it, and I can appreciate that.  It may not have the slick, polished look that some modern comics have, and it’s not completely primitive, but it’s somewhere in between, and I like it.

In the end, the story here is on par with the issues that preceded it.  There is a little bit of contrivance and “Deus ex Machina” early on, but it’s nothing to terrible, and the art is just as solid as it’s always been.  I eagerly anticipate the fifth and final issue of the series.

The Verdict for Planet Hulk #4:
4/5 – I can dig it.

If you like this review, or any of my others, don’t forget to subscribe!

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
1872 #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Secret Wars Journal #4
Weirdworld #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act
The Martian (Novel)

image

OK, I know, I’m more than a little behind.  I went on temporary hiatus for a little more than a week, but that’s changing right now.

Planet Hulk #3 continues the story of Doc Green and the gladiator version of Steve Rogers as they trek across the barren deserts of Battleworld’s Greenland.  Sam Humphries and Marc Laming continue to tell a solid story in this series.  There’s action, there’s tension, and toward the end, there’s even a little bit of fear and dread.  I don’t feel like this issue is quite as good as the first two, mainly because there’s more walking and talking in this than there has been in the previous issues, but it still keeps things moving at a pretty good pace.  And that continues to keep this book at the top of my Secret Wars reading pile.

The Verdict for Planet Hulk #3:
4/5 – I can dig it.

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition
Old Man Logan #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Weirdworld #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

image

The final story of the Ultimate Marvel Universe continues with the third issue, but just because it’s the last one, does that also mean it’s a good one?  Let’s find out.

Ultimate End #3 gives us the lead up to what happened in issue #2 that led to a fight between the Ultimate Hulk and the Earth 616 Hulk while also showing some of the aftermath of the destruction their fight caused.  The inmates released after the Hulk fight wrecked a prison are starting to run rampant across New York City, and there’s one vigilante in particular who has taken it upon himself to stop them all.  Permanently.

Bendis is seemingly trying to tell two stories at once here.  One going backwards that tries to explain the end of the previous issue, and another going forward that shows the aftermath and gives a preview for what’s happening next.  Unfortunately, the end result is kind of confusing, and worse than that, just not really that interesting.  I also feel like the reason for the beginning of the Hulk fight is pretty weak, and the meeting of two other alternate reality characters that could have been immensely interesting is pretty much over before it even begins.

Bagley’s artwork in this issue is good.  I found no major flaws in it, but he does seem to be much more comfortable drawing books that focus on one single character vs. a book with large groups of characters.  His style has a distinct look to it that can sometimes make it difficult to distinguish who is who in a larger group.  Aside from that, I’m satisfied with the art in the series so far.

Unfortunately, for this being the last story in the Ultimate Universe, I’m a little disappointed so far.  It just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  I’m trying to hope for better as this series begins to near its conclusion, but it’s becoming more difficult to do so with each new issue that comes out.

The Verdict for Ultimate End #3:
3/5 – Meh…

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
Secret Wars Journal #3
1872 #1 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Civil War #1 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Ghost Racers #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition