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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Comic Review - Hulk 7-9

Hulk 7-9
Publish Date/Year

Creative Team
Jeph Loeb, Art Adams, Frank Cho
Issue (s)

There are 2 story arcs in the 3 issues.

The 3 issues are spilt books, ie: they had 2 stories running back to back. The first story has Bruce Banner looking for the Red Hulk (aka Rulk) across America but comes across a group of rampaging Wendigos (mythical creatures transformed from humans when they commit cannibalism) in Las Vegas instead. Caught in the middle of all the excitement, he becomes Mr. Fixit, the Grey Hulk. However, before anything else happens, we see Moon Knight coming into the fray and crosses swords with Hulk instead (I guess Marvel’s trying to bring MK into Batman’s league by letting him take on heavyweights like the Hulk. I personally think there is NO WAY MK would have had ANY chance at handling or even holding off ANY version of the Hulk). It was never explained why Moon Knight was there and how he was instrumental in addressing the Wendigo threat. While MK and Hulk were slugging it out, Ms Marvel and Sentry appears and joins the fray (again, with no explanation whether they were there to help with the Hulk or Wendigo situation). Things go from bad to REALLY BAD when the Hulk becomes a Wendigo (WendiHulk – What the…?) as well! And this is when Ms Marvel calls in the cavalry in the form of…Brother Voodoo! (I must have missed something along the way but the Brother has gotten really powerful since I last remembered him from his C-List days). Of course, the Brother resolves the situation and all seems hunky-dory, but no progress towards Bruce’s original objective in finding Rulk.

The 2nd story has She-Hulk rounding up a few of her girlfriends for some serious payback for the pounding she took from Rulk in the earlier issues 1-6. Their objective is to find out who Rulk reverts back to when he is not Rulk. With the help from SHIELD, they managed to track down Rulk who was having some down time at Mount Rushmore. Valkyrie and Thundra joins her in Wave 1 of the attack but promptly get their nicely shaped butts handed back to them. Wave 2 of the She-Hulk’s friends arrive just in time before Rulk does some real damage to them. With heavyweights like Invisible Woman and Storm, they managed to take Rulk down. They wait for Rulk to revert atop Mt Rushmore but after hours, Rulk suddenly wakes up and takes out the heavy hitters and took Thundra hostage and leapt away. While away from the rest of the girls, Rulk confessed that he was awake the whole time they thought he was down and made a proposal to Thundra for her to work with Rulk, but to what end is a mystery because Thundra made no mention of Rulk’s proposal to the others.

Art Adams does the Wendigo Arc and as can be expected, he turns in great stuff! I miss his work a lot as he doesn’t do too many projects these days. He produces ultra-fine detailed art that’s a wonder to behold.

Frank Cho is best known for his cheese-cake art (best known for his work on Shanna the She-Devil & Liberty Meadows) and that’s why he took on the almost all-female cast of the 2nd story. However, altho’ very pleasant to look at, his art (much like Alex Ross’) lacks the flow/fluidity that is required for story-telling. They make for great pin-ups but not so great for story-telling.

Still, they really make fans’ eyes pop! Great art all around.

Additional Comments
This makes a really great 3 issues as there are plenty of guest stars with art by 2 of the best artists today. However, the stories lacked impact as they didn’t really tell stories that developed the characters or help fans understand who Rulk is. Having said that, they were still good and interesting reads.

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