Posts Tagged ‘Planet Hulk’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In what must be starting to seem like a dinosaur theme this week, I’m back with my review for Planet Hulk #2.  When we last left the gladiator barbarian version of Captain Rogers, he had just entered Greenland (domain of the Hulks) with his trusty sidekick, a T-Rex named Devil Dinosaur.  In this issue, we see them meet up with Doc Green, a version of the Hulk with all of his strength, but also the intelligence of Bruce Banner.  Doc Green is to lead Captain Rogers through Greenland on his quest to find his lost friend, Bucky.

Humphries’ writing is still solid in this issue.  The plot is definitely starting to get a little more interesting here, as I suspected it might in my review for issue #1.  Doc Green is the second character that we’ve met so far who seems to have some kind of idea as to what’s going on in the bigger picture of Battleworld as a whole, as he mentions having met several different versions of the Captain, so it should be pretty fun to see where Humphries takes that plot line.  There’s also a little more action here than we got in issue #1, as the main characters encounter many different creatures on their trek across the gamma irradiated wastes of Greenland.

Marc Laming’s artwork is also great here.  The radioactive flora and fauna that he draws on the page are both grotesque and pretty imaginative.  And the monstrous reveal in the issue’s last panel is also something kind of fun that most Hulk fans will truly appreciate.

Having not previously read too many Hulk stories, I’m really enjoying this one, and I’m starting to think this series might actually be one of the true “must-reads” to come out of the Secret Wars event.  The characters and story are both interesting, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

The Verdict for Planet Hulk #2:
5/5 – Must Have Moar!!!

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