Monday, December 8, 2014

Hulk #9

   While I generally object when heroes are converted to villain status (see Superior Spider-Man and Superior Iron Man), I have to admit that I've been enjoying the Doc Green version of the Hulk.

   One reason for that is because he's being played as the smartest, uh, guy in the room - a super-intelligent force working a mysterious agenda. But is he a force for evil - or a higher good that we can't see yet?

   The issue starts with an unusual crossover with the Uncanny X-Men (specifically Kitty Pryde and Magik), but quickly moves to a cat-and-mouse game between "Doc" and Bruce Banner - and it all seems to be leading to a dark and deadly future.

   The dialogue is sharp, the story moves along fast and it's very clever. Kudos to writer Gerry Duggan for his work on this series.

   The art is excellent as always - Mark Bagley and Drew Hennessy seem inspired by the story, with terrific art and powerful layouts.

   The beauty of the Hulk's adventures is that there's a lot of leeway with the character - he can be "dumb" Hulk, smart Hulk or anything in between. This creative team is making the most of that potential.

   Highly recommended!

Grade: A-


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