Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Incredible Hulks #619

As much as I've been enjoying The Incredible Hulks, I can't shake the feeling that the Chaos War crossover is a poor fit.

That's probably because the Hulks seem to be firmly rooted in the mainstream of the Marvel Universe (which is mostly science fiction in nature), while the Chaos War is more mythological and magic-based. Or maybe it's just me.

The crossover has provided some powerful opponents for the Hulk family - in this case, it's the return of the Zom-possessed Dr. Strange, and the Chaos-controlled Abomination.

The bad guys are searching for Rick Jones' wife Marlo (who makes a welcome return in this issue) because of her brief former link to the personification of Death.

As a result of the Chaos War, the dead are rising again and confronting (or aiding) the living. It all feels just a little too freshly-borrowed from the Blackest Night, though in fairness, that series certainly wasn't the first to bring back dead characters.

At any rate, there's a lot of fighting, yelling and smashing going on here, but it all feels like a sidebar to the main series - interesting, but just marking time.

The script by Greg Pak is excellent as always and the art by Paul Pelletier and Danny Miki is outstanding - but frankly, I'm looking forward to the wrap-up to these events over in the excellent Chaos War mini-series.

Then the Hulks can get back to working out their own problems.

Grade: B+


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