Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Incredible Hulks #628

It's sad to hear that Greg Pak is stepping down soon as the writer of the Incredible Hulk(s), because he's done an amazing job of breathing new life and energy into a comic that hasn't always had such treatment.

After several storylines featuring the "Hulk Family," the latest adventure has pared the cast down to a much more manageable size - it's the Hulk (Bruce Banner), the Red She-Hulk (Betty Ross) and Amadeus Cho (who mostly provides tech support), all taking part in a fast and frenzied battle over an ancient artifact.

It's loaded with smart and funny dialogue as the dysfunctional Banners go from allies (as Betty and Bruce) to enemies who reluctantly work together (when Hulked out).

It's a heck of a lot of fun, aided by the outstanding pencils of the vatly underrated Tom Grummett, who turns in terrific work here, both in the big hoo-hah action scenes and in the more tender moments. He has a classic, heroic style that reminds me of John Buscema with a bit of Gil Kane mixed in. Good company to keep!

Few comics manage to balance big action, thoughtful stories, fine humor and heart-tugging scenes as well as Pak has done.

This book will carry on without him, but it won't be the same.

Grade: A-


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