Review: Hulk #4

I’m still recovering from the 5-day weekend that was Origins, so I’m going to keep this short. Actually, this review’s length is directly inspired by Desiato’s promised review of this issue (in what I’m sure will be the epitome of brevity and hateful HATE).

So, my opinion of this book, and this issue in particular, in a word… AWESOME!!!

I don’t care that it completely undermines all the painstaking character development established by Pak’s epic run… I don’t care! This book is FUN! THE ART IS AMAZING! I love you Ed McGuiness!!!

Also, out of respect for the passing of Mike Turner, I won’t tell you what I think of the writing. God Bless.

Review: Hulk #4



Cough! Agh! Oh man! Sorry about that folks but that dialogue is infectious. First off, let me show you what had me on the ground laughing. Click the link if you are ok with a spoiler.

This was hilarious. Particularly if you’re like me and you hate the watcher (I won’t even capitalize his name), just the whole idea of someone who has phenomenal cosmic power but can’t ever use it is so asinine. They should call this guy “The Voyeur”, that’s all he does right? Can’t you just picture this guy holding binoculars muttering, “Oh yeah baby move the towel” can’t you?

Anyway, this comic takes a lot of flak. People have complained about such things as “they’re fighting for no reason”. But c’mon, if you have any kind of insight into the comic world, you can take a look at the title, the writer, and the artist, and you’ll have a really good idea what’s in store for you. These aren’t intellectual comics!

They are however, very entertaining. Ed McGuinness’ art looks fantastic! This comic made me laugh, and very loudly I might add, several times. This issue is just laughs, beat-downs, and a little bit of plot. I realize this isn’t for everyone, but I enjoyed the hell out of it! And in case you guys haven’t seen what you’re getting next issue…


McGuinness draws Thor! WOO HOO!!!

4 out of 4 stars

Foilball’s Review Roundup #20

Rating System: In Honor of Harrison Ford and His Most Famous Role

5 Stars: WARNING: Raiders of the Lost Ark
4 Stars: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
3 Stars: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
2 Stars: The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
1 Star: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The Mighty Avengers (*****)

SECRET INVASION TIE-IN! Better than Secret Invasion… but we all knew that, right?

Batman: Detective Comics #844 (***)

The origin story for the new Scarface was sort of interesting, but I don’t see us going anywhere exciting from here. Now, the resolution to the steamy Bruce/Zatanna subplot… LAME! Bruce Wayne is the dumbest man alive. How do you turn this down? And yet he does. Alas, there is hope… Zatanna leaves the door open!

Captain Britain and MI13 #1 (****1/2)

SECRET INVASION TIE-IN! Again, better than Secret Invasion. Oh my gosh, actual Skrulls fighting actual super heroes in the actual opens? Fortunately, the tone of this book feels nothing like the first two issues of SI, it feels like something way more awesome! John Lennon Skrull? Heh. Black Knight returns! Captain Britain written not to suck! My only complaint is the way in which Wisdom was handled. Wooden would be the way to describe it. But, if the teaser for next issue is any indication, that shouldn’t be a problem for much longer.

Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #1 (****1/2)

SECRET INVASION TIE-IN! And again better than Secret Invasion. Could it be? For the first time the tie-ins surpass the main event in overall quality? This is crazy! I mean, you guys all remember those crappy House of M minis, yes? I expected the same level of mediocrity from MI13 and FF (and yet I still ordered them), but the first issues have been shockingly fun and good. Oh hey, we’re in the Negative Zone. I don’t understand how anyone can be happy with the second issue of SI after reading MI13 and FF. It’s not even close. Anyway, I loved this exchange between Sue and Johnny. Oh, no, I mean Johnny and… Lyja!!! Oh, and Barry Kitson was pretty good too.

Hulk #3 (*****)

WOW. How I’ve missed you Ed McGuiness!!! Jeph Loeb is still horrible, but there’s barely any dialogue in this one so there’s thankfully little to complain about. BUT THE ART! Yeah, it’s basically one long fight scene, and you can call me a hypocrite for liking it, but it’s been so long since we’ve gotten some good old McGuiness, I can’t help myself. Shit, that was a lot of commas. Hey Steve, I’m curious now, what did you hate so much about this book? Sure, Rick calling himself “A-Bomb” is pretty terrible, but the Harpies were awesome! Heh. And Hulk busting out by the end of the 3rd issue made me a very happy man. The worst thing about the end of WWH was the fact that Hulk’s epic character arc was put on indefinite hiatus. Sure we got all those Aftersmash books from Marvel, but none of them dealt with the Hulk’s POV. Anyway, I’m really interested to hear your extended review.

Quick Hits:
Action Comics Annual #11 (****): Although it was a great read, I can’t in good conscience give this book the full five stars.
Angel: After the Fall #7 (***): Um, I liked this issue. The art was tons better and the Wesley and Connor stories were more interesting than anything that’s been in the book up to this point. Second thoughts about canceling?
Avengers/Invaders #1 (**): This was kind of a letdown. For a Marvel book, the art was just off. The Bucky journal stuff in the beginning just didn’t sound like Bucky, or to be fair, Ed Brubaker’s version of Bucky. I’ll keep getting it, mostly because I want to see how all the modern heroes react to a resurrected Captain America, but I’ve adjusted my expectations for this series accordingly.
Batman #676 (**): More letdowns. I’ve read some comments online that have said that this is the scariest interpretation of the Joker ever. I disagree. Also, am I the only one that hates Tony Daniel?
The Walking Dead #49 (*): UGH. Bored now?
Wolverine #65 (*): The conclusion of “Get Mystique”. Aaron treated us to a nifty naked fight between Mystique and Wolverine… meh. And then, as expected, Logan doesn’t kill Raven. So, what was the point of this much hyped story?
Young X-Men #2 (-): Cancelled.