Warning: I’m going to talk about the Incredible Hulk again, so get comfy.
In the month of June possibly to celebrate the release of the new Incredible Hulk film, possibly to fill the late gap of Loeb’s Hulk, we got a bunch of big heafty issues with some backup stories and reprints. Mind you, Iron Man got two new books that turned out to be pretty good jumping on points for those intreigued by the movie or so it worked over at our store. Two titles, an ongoing to ease readers into the current comic events and a glossy prestigue mini-series and all the Hulk got was a rock. It’s like the Marvel offices had the same prejudices of the movie going public had; “Well, the last movie was lame so let’s just hope people don’t hate the new one and hope for the best’. And before you say it, I know: Skaar, Son of Hulk new on the stands as well and they did get a comic with familiar Green Hulk in it under the wire for June, but neither of these are great intro comics for those who thought Edward Norton was keen. In fact, I’d probably cozy up to the book a bit more if it was just called ‘Skaar, Conan in Space’ or ‘Grek Pak’s Interglatactic Tales of Skaar’ because the honest truth is if the Hulk ain’t in the book, it is not a Hulk book. ‘Red’ Hulk doesn’t count because I have NO IDEA what’s going on with that story outside sort of an ‘All Star Batman’ feel of taking on the tropes of Hulkness: smashing and gamma monsters. Ehn.
Mind you, Marvel did the same thing with Ang Lee’s movie as their 25-cent issue released at the time of the movie didn’t really have the Hulk in it either, but that’s another story.
Right, so the ’specials’: King Size Hulk and Hulk: Raging Thunder. You can technically count Giant-Sized Incredible Hulk, with the Gary Frank cover, but that’s semantics. This is what Marvel brought to the table and, having read each of them, I can’t say I’m impressed. But yet, I can’t <i>not</i> like them (well, except for the Giant Size, because it was a snooze fest) and let me tell you why.