Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Avengers #28

So here's an issue of The Avengers focusing on the Red Hulk - which would be fine if I cared at all about that character.

But I don't.

For those who came in late, the Red Hulk is actually General Thunderbolt Ross, who's been hunting the (original green) Hulk since that character's first (gray) appearance. A few years ago Ross became a Hulk, too. (How? No idea.)

He was brought into the Avengers to bring some much-needed muscle, but he's a soldier first, so this issue focuses on his decision to act alone and take out one of the Phoenix Five - but he'll do it as a man, not as a monster.

Writer Brian Bendis takes an unusual approach with this issue, as the first 10 pages feature no word balloons - just some narration by Ross. It's an interesting and effective look at the thinking of a military man.

It also allows Bendis to stay out of the way of artist Walter Simonson, who turns in some intense, powerful work here - he manages to channel some of the kinetic style of Kirby without being an imitation of the King.

Give the creative team credit - they crafted a story about a character I don't like - and despite myself, I enjoyed it!

I hate it when that happens.

Grade: B+


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