After some slight embarrassment about his part in the Phoenix saga, Bruce Banner is here to tell Maria Hill what’s what. He wants rights and he wants them now! Also, he Hulks out and beats some people up.
Previously in Indestructible Hulk: … nothing! New Hulk series!
NOW WITH 75% MORE BANNER!
Bruce Banner returns. Bringing up the great point that he’s one of the smartest men on the planet but is only getting credit for being a giant green monster, Banner propositions Maria Hill for a position with S.H.I.E.L.D. as both the Hulk and a scientist. Willing to undergo a trial period, more or less, Banner hulks out and comes head-to-head with the Mad Thinker.
Mark Waid is one of the best comic writers out there and this is a book to add to his stellar repertoire. Waid isn’t afraid to take heroes to a slightly more realistic and human level. He doesn’t dwell on the imperfections of each character but he acknowledges them. He treats them as real people. He’s done that here with Bruce Banner, who gets considerably more face time than his green counterpart. Instead of treating Banner as a sad and lonely figure with a curse, he treats him as someone who may have a manageable disease, as someone who’s learned how to live with that disease and who’s not letting it get him down.
This is incredibly refreshing for any series involving the Hulk. It’s too easy to fall back on making a book all Hulk and no Banner or a sad Banner whose cursed with an angry green alter ego.
MARIA AND HER TWO-BY-FOUR
The action shots in this book are absolutely beautiful. Leinil Yu is a very talented artist able to capture panels that display motion as easily as panels that display a lunch date between Hill and Banner. Sunny Gho’s coloring matches up with the art itself, knowing when exactly to have bright vivid colors and when to subdue it. This is something not tried often enough by colorists or isn’t quite executed as nicely. That’s definitely not the case here.
There’s a spread of the Hulk, as the Hulk, that really introduces his character back into the Marvel universe. It’s the first time he’s shown in this book not via television or computer screen. It’s a beautiful spread showing the Hulk in all his green glory being backed up by a squadron of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The artist and the artist team did a great job on a spread that could easily be framed on its own.
Then, there’s Maria Hill and her two-by-four, the second best panel in this issue. If you read this, you’ll know exactly which panel it is and why it’s hilarious looking.
BOTTOM LINE: Pick it up!
Mark Waid is one of my favorite writers and Leinil Yu’s art fits like a glove for this story. It’s not the most amazing book out there, but the story has small noticeable changes to Bruce Banner’s character. He’s calling the shots with his life now and it promises to be a great comic to start following. Pick it up!
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