Review by: zombox

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This was another deplorable, poorly scripted book by Jeph Loeb. The dialogue is stiff, forced and boring. There are plot developments that occur that are entirely unexplained and undeveloped, such as how Bruce is given to MODOK by SHIELD when he has been running around fighting Rulk for 6 issues. Or how Samson suddenly developed MPD, which I can’t recall being featured in the history of my reading this book.┬áIn fact, the only character he writes in any way that is interesting is Spiderman – and then only because he gets the goofy sense of humor right. The issue seems almost entirely unrelated to the plot that had been going on in the Hulk for several issues now. The back up stories are equally non-sensical, including the Hulk : Gray which was mediocre when it was originally published and shows no signs of gaining any vintage in reprint. I am once again forced to assert taht Marvel was ripped off in signing this hack to an exclusive.

The art was, generally speaking, pretty bad for this book. Even McGuiness’ clean, fun style was stiff and uninspired in his back up set. The lead story’s art, whose name I won’t even bother to remember, was terrible. The faces were of particular note, everyone was either scowling vengefully or suprised throughout the entire issue.

Give me a better writer. I’m tired of these crap Hulk stories taht Loeb has been putting out for almost a year.

Story: 1 - Poor
Art: 2 - Average


  1. …why are you still reading this book, then?

  2. My favorite moment was when Ben Urich tries to explain to, uh, ‘deep throat’ #1 that (paraphrasing here) ‘this sounds like a national story.  I generally handle New York stories."

     Wotta reporter, that Urich!

  3. Ed McGuinness was the artist on the main story, not the back up.  The artist for the reprint in the back was Tim Sale – perhaps that’s who drew the Scowling faces that you didn’t like?  As for the unexplained transitions, those actually refer back to the end of World War Hulk, as explained in the story, and pre-date the events of this series and therefore actually work in the context of the current Hulk series if you stop and think about it.  Also, Sampson’s transformation is presented as tying back to Modok and the overarching mystery, which is why it seems suprising – it’s supposed to.  This could relate to the way Sampson has been shown in Thunderbolts (or not), and the use of AIM seems to have similarities to the subversion of SHIELD by Hydra written by Hicks in Secret Warriors.  Not that any of this should make the book more enjoyable to you.  I’m a firm believer that every comic published just isn’t meant for every reader in the market place, and this book is clearly not for you.

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