Indestructible Hulk 2: Gods and Monster

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Art: 8/10

Strong art

So-so story

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Indestructible Hulk

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Mark Waid

Artist:  Walter Simonson/Matteo Scalera

# of Issues:  5

Release Date:  2013

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Indestructible Hulk #8

Reprints Indestructible Hulk #6-10 (May 2013-July 2013).  Bruce is working with S.H.I.E.L.D…or is he working against them?  With a mission to Asgard, the Hulk finds himself teamed with Thor to collect a precious metal from the Frost Giants.  Hulk then finds himself in the hunt for a gunrunner in Hell’s Kitchen with Daredevil and facing the forces of Baron Zemo and HYDRA.  Bruce has a plan…and it could mean he’ll have to call on his allies when it is time.

Written by Mark Waid, Indestructible Hulk Volume 2:  Gods and Monster collects two storylines from the Indestructible Hulk series.  Following Indestructible Hulk Volume 1:  Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the first storyline is the three part title story “Gods and Monster” with illustrations by Walt Simonson.  The second storyline is the two part “Blind Rage” story with art by Matteo Scalera.

This volume has a lot going for it.  I was a big fan of Walt Simonson’s classic run on Thor and it is always nice to see him do the character.  The other plus is Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil has been great and here you get to see the two comics cross over…despite this, I’m not really loving the series.

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Indestructible Hulk #9

The first storyline of the comic seems rather slim despite being only eight issues.  I have yet to have much interest in Bruce’s team (which doesn’t even appear in the second storyline so no development there).  The issues focus on the team and their work and honestly, I don’t know why the trip to Asgard to collect some random metal for three issues is supposed to be interesting.  The battle with the Frost Giants was fair, but not very distinctive and Thor was not used enough (especially since it was a younger Thor).

The second storyline was a bit better because I like when Hulk is teamed with someone who is more his opposite.  The relationship between Banner and Matt Murdock is interesting but more so on the Matt Murdock side since Bruce is his client.  The battle with Zemo and the blindness seemed too little too late however and ended rather abruptly…leading the story to feel truncated and underdeveloped.  Fortunately for both this story and the Thor story the art was strong even if the writing was average.

Indestructible Hulk is a good idea to jumpstart a character that has been almost all used up, but it really isn’t grabbing me.  The last time I was interested in Hulk was Planet Hulk and that really felt like something different.  This book feels like a version of the Hulk from the films combined with a muted version of Planet Hulk…it isn’t as fun as it could be.  Indestructible Hulk 2:  Gods and Monster is followed by Indestructible Hulk 3:  S.M.A.S.H. Time.

Related Links:

Indestructible Hulk 1:  Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Indestructible Hulk 3:  S.M.A.S.H. Time

Indestructible Hulk 4:  Humanity Bomb

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