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

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 8/10

Solid story, good art

Standard comic book stories

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Indestructible Hulk

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Mark Waid

Artist:  Leinil Francis Yu

# of Issues:  5

Release Date:  2013


Indestructible Hulk #1 Variant

Reprints Indestructible Hulk #1-5 (December 2012-March 2013).  The Hulk has always been a destructive force that Bruce Banner has been bent on destroying.  Bruce however has come to the realization that the Hulk cannot be destroyed and instead must be managed.  With this in mind, Bruce decides to change his fortune and side with Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D. as a means to get back to science and channel the Hulk’s rage for good…and the world must be ready.

Written by Mark Waid, Indestructible Hulk Volume 1:  Agent of S. H. I. E. L. D. is a Marvel Comics superhero series.  Featuring art by Leinil Francis Yu, the series followed the Jason Aaron Incredible Hulk series that was collected as The Incredible Hulk by Jason Aaron:  The Complete Collection.

I grew up on the Hulk, but the Hulk has always had problems.  Like Thor, the character is too powerful and often too one dimensional to be written well.  For years, the character just suffered from wandering around, getting mad, and fighting creatures.  Writers like Peter David, Bruce Jones, and Greg Pak tried some really different stuff with the Hulk and that generally worked better…now Mark Waid is trying to make a mark with the character.


Indestructible Hulk #5

I’ve always considered Mark Waid not a great comic book writer, but a solid comic book writer.  While some writers can really wow readers with new ideas and concepts surrounding classic characters, Waid just writes good comics about characters.  In that sense he’s a more traditional comic book writer (which has pluses and minuses), and Indestructible Hulk is no different.  The story is good but very comic book oriented.  If you come into Indestructible Hulk expecting a wildly different approach to the character, you will be disappointed.  If you come for a fun comic book, then you will have fun.

The art for the series is also quite good.  I am not always a fan of Yu, but it works better here than his work on Avengers.  Yu has a real style and combine with a good inker and colorist in Gerry Alanguilan and Sunny Gho, the art for Indestructible Hulk is better than many comics.

Indestructible Hulk 1:  Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a good comic but not anything really new.  It feels like a continuation of the Hulk story with little changes or bumps.  The character has had problems for years and Pak’s storyline started out strong but devolved into a weird and uninteresting mess once World War Hulk erupted.  I’m glad to have a solid Hulk comic back and it will be interesting to see if Waid makes changes to the character that will be remembered.  Indestructible Hulk 1:  Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. is followed by Indestructible Hulk 2:  Gods and Monsters.

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Indestructible Hulk 2:  Gods and Monster

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

Indestructible Hulk 4:  Humanity Bomb

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