Hulkling and Wiccan are hosting a dinner party! But after a conversation among new friends, doubt creeps into their relationship. Find out more in Hulking and Wiccan #1 by Marvel Comics!
HULKLING AND WICCAN #1
Writer: Josh Trujillo
Artist: Jodi Nishijima
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: VC’s Ariana Maher
Editor: Alanna Smith
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: June 15th, 2022
Previously in Hulkling and Wiccan: Hulkling is the emperor of the Kree/Skrull Alliance, and Wiccan stands by his side as his husband and Royal Magician. Now they stay in their Palace and try to keep peace within the galaxy!
Hulkling and Wiccan #1 starts with the couple preparing for a dinner party for Northstar, Northstar’s husband Kyle, and Iceman. As they have dinner, they ask about Teddy and Billy’s new marriage. For an awkward moment, Billy wants to eventually return to Earth, and Teddy aspires to stay in space. As everyone leaves, Wiccan prepares for bed and finds a handheld game console that somehow alters reality.
Now, Wiccan is with his lover Eidolon in New York. Wiccan saved Eidolon from the underworld and is trying to fully restore him to life. Hulking is still in space and is dating Goebig, who was a space criminal and refugee after his home world was destroyed. However, both Wiccan and Hulkling realize something is off, causing Wiccan to teleport into space and suddenly remember the truth. Wiccan helps Hulkling remember, and they find themselves face to face with Agatha Harkness. Agatha fed on Wiccan’s doubt and used his magic to create this alternate reality to train his magical abilities. After Agatha leaves, it seems that both Eidolon and Goebig still exist.
I did not read the solicitation of Hulkling and Wiccan #1. I thought this would set off another miniseries involving the Kree and Skrull. Instead, we get a great one-shot showing why they are such a strong couple. Even when their relationship is tested, they manage to overcome their doubts. Which is an excellent message, especially during Pride Month. The best part of this comic was its pacing. Every page did a superb job progressing the narrative arc and compelled me to continue to turn the page. That is the remarkable thing about one-shots. In this double-sized issue, I got the complete story. This is excellent writing from Josh, and I applaud his storytelling abilities.
The art was solid, and I enjoyed the character designs of everyone in multiple costumes. But the coloring really stole the show for me. The use of colors in certain scenes added a considerable dimension of depth. I wonder if they planned to use color theory within the pages. The red mimics love and passion for the calming blues in times of peace. It felt natural and powerful all at the same time.
BOTTOM LINE: EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE
I enjoyed Hulkling and Wiccan #1. Within its pages is a complete story solved by love rather than violence. The comic also left some cool story threads for future issues. 4.5 out of 5 stars for Hulkling and Wiccan #1.
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Hulkling and Wiccan #1
Hulkling and Wiccan #1 managed to show that love overcomes in a well-paced and colored story.