Friday, November 7, 2014

Hulk #8

   When writer Mark Waid left this title a few issues back, I expected a quick drop off in the quality.

   But kudos to new writer Gerry Duggan, because the series hasn't missed a step. I'm really enjoying the latest incarnation of the Hulk as "Doc Green" (being an apparent nod to pulp hero Doc Savage).

   He's now even more intelligent than his Bruce Banner identity (though how much compassion he has is in doubt), and he's set out on a quest to "cure" the other members of the Hulk "family" of their gamma-irradiated curse.

   It all feels like a somewhat twisted version of the ongoing cartoon, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (which is actually pretty good, I have to admit).

    This issue has the added twist of pitting the Hulk against the Red She-Hulk - also know as Banner's (ex?) wife Betty Ross.

   Mark Bagley stuck around after Waid left, thankfully - his sculpted artwork is a great fit here, with powerful layouts and lots of intensity on display.

   The series feels like a real change in the status quo for this series - hopefully it'll continue to live up to that billing.

Grade: A-


1 comment:

El Vox said...

Wasn't familiar with the cartoon, thanks for the tip, Chuck.