Amadeus Cho has agreed to help the kidnapped Haargs on the planet Sakaar. Unfortunately, he may be a little over his head. Find out in Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #2 by Marvel Comics!
PLANET HULK: WORLDBREAKER #2 (OF 5)
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Manuel Garcia and Cam Smith
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 14th, 2022
Previously in Planet Hulk: Sakaar has become a dangerous place for the green-skinned Haarg, descendants of the Worldbreaker. Grand Priestess Venkiera has spread hate towards the Haarg and kidnapped many younger Haarg kids. Talo and Balo encountered one of the priestess patrols, and Balo was abducted. Talo, unsure of what to do, found Amadeus Cho. Unfortunately, they are surrounded by sentinels with gamma inhibitors during their rescue mission!
A DANGEROUS SITUATION
Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #2 starts with Talo taking the full brunt of the gamma inhibitors so Amadeus Cho can hulk out and provide room for their escape. Cho determines he is not strong enough to rescue the children and suggests looking for allies. This prompted a search for Bruce Banner, and they eventually found him. However, Hulk refuses to help due to his actions causing the death of Caiera. Talo suggests that they look for She-Hulk, which angers Bruce enough to Hulk out, and warns that if they keep pushing, they all will die.
Meanwhile, the High Priestess is days away from fulfilling her plan, and it seems that she already has Jen Walters in her custody and attached to a machine.
Ironically, the main I got was how much of a teenager Talo is in Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #2. There is this sense of anger and almost entitlement that she deserves the help of Hulk. And the way she approaches Bruce Banner in this issue did not earn her any favors. I teach collegiate composition and rhetoric, and I have seen students with this mindset. So I wonder if this comic will be leading the older Hulks how to Hulk out again while tempering Talo’s anger. That could be an exciting plot point, but I think I am interjecting my background within a comic where the theme may not be there.
The art is Marvel Comics’ standard, but the coloring in certain sections was exceptionally well done. Especially concerning smoke, lava, and terrain. The use of different colors and shading provides a tremendous sense of depth. Good work from the creative team here.
BOTTOM LINE: DECENT MIDDLE ISSUE
I’m unsure where I sit on this series. There is so much potential, but I don’t understand who the protagonist is. Is Talo supposed to catch my attention? She isn’t treated like the hero of this story quite yet. Hopefully, her character arc will continue to develop throughout this miniseries. Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #2 is 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #2 doesn't provide a solid protagonist and instead introduces many characters that hog the spotlight.