There’s a lot of hype surrounding Marvel NOW! titles that we are finally seeing hit the shelves. Being a big fan of The Incredible Hulk
I was curious about this new title, as honestly it’s been quite a while since I have read a new Hulk comic I really dug. So here we have it today, hot off the presses, Indestructible Hulk #1!
So first I have to admit, I am not a fan of Leinil Yu’s art. So naturally knowing he was illustrating the book wasn’t exactly an exciting thing for me. However, it’s The Hulk we speak of here so I decided to let go of any preconceived notions I may have had about disliking the art. I have to say though, I wasn’t ecstatic about what I saw, I will admit the artwork was at the very least sufficient. What I really mean is that I can live with it. So onto the story, though very wordy it had me right up to the very end of the issue.
Mark Waid did a nice job of setting up something interesting as we follow Maria Hill of SHIELD as she tensely waits at a diner to begin a dangerous raid. Soon though our ol’ buddy Banner arrives with a realization that he can NEVER be cured of the Hulk’s curse and that he wants the world to remember him as a great man like Reed Richards or Tony Stark. He claims his energy thus far will be used to better the world from disease and evil scientifically. He won’t waste his talent anymore trying cure himself. I really like this angle for Banner, personally I get a little tired of his whining and yeah after this many years dude I’d say it’s time to give up the whole cure thing, I mean if say Doctor Strange couldn’t find a way to ‘cure’ you I say it’s time to throw in the towel on that idea.
Banner asks Hill if he can work for SHIELD and they can ‘use’ his Hulk side for secret missions to take out threats. This first issue is basically Banner on a job interview for SHIELD. That’s not to say we don’t get a little Hulk smashing! As he volunteers to take out the Mad Thinker for them to prove he’s got the skills.
So I give issue #1 a thumbs up! I will be there for issue #2 however this whole Hulk wearing mech armor? That could be a tough sell for me! So far so good Marvel NOW! Seems to be pretty decent on the titles I have checked out!