Monday, June 21, 2010

The Incredible Hulk #610

The Hulk continues to be trapped in the crossover that never ends - as the Fall of the Hulks wraps up, World War Hulks takes over.

As I've mentioned before, the only comic in the series I buy is The Incredible Hulk, and it's a credit to writer Greg Pak that I'm still able to follow the story with a minimal amount of aggravation.

The unfolding story has managed a couple of things - they've finally revealed the identity of the Red Hulk (which I won't reveal here, but it ends up being a character who was seen standing next to the Red Hulk early in his adventures - no idea how that was possible) and the Red She-Hulk (who ends up being someone who was dead - now there's a great way to avoid suspicion).

Where this series shines is that Pak has managed to make Bruce Banner (the Hulk's alter ego, natch) into someone capable of going toe-to-toe with Marvel's heavy hitters, thanks to his formidable intelligence. It's a great new take on a classic character who's been downtrodden for far too long.

This issue wraps up the problem of the "Hulked Out Heroes" (about which the less said the better), resolves a long-running plot point, and sets up what should be a universe-class knock-down, drag-out fight.

The art by Paul Pelletier and Danny Miki is all rage and anger, explosions and destruction. It's solid work, though things get a little too over the top in places. (Must everyone scream constantly?)

Kudos to the creative team for taking on a slice of this crossover madness and creating a fun and intelligent comic.

But I can't help but hope for an end to the ever-present crossovers, and stories with not quite so many Hulks in 'em. This series soared much higher when it was a solo act.

Grade: B+

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