Stay Angry continues as Jason Aaron takes the Hulk to the depths of Atlantis along with artist Pasqual Ferry. With the Hulk trying to stay in his big green form we’re given more hints as to what exactly Bruce Banner might be up to.
Read on for my review of the Incredible Hulk in “Stay Angry” part two!
Last month I was really happy with the way that the story had panned out, mostly because it was an extremely wild ride that definitely seemed like a Jason Aaron comic, but I was disappointed in the way that Steve Dillon’s artwork portrayed the jade giant himself. This month we have a slightly better suited artist on hand in Ferry, but similarly to the last issue it seems like he’s more fit to handle the other characters featured in the issue and the surroundings (Atlantis looks really nice here, along with it’s inhabitants) rather than Hulk himself. At least he actually seemed hulking rather than the way Dillon drew him, which came off almost as Lou Ferrigno in the old TV serial.
Jason Aaron unleashes his wacky storytelling in this issue even more so than last issue with the drug dealing dog-men by introducing drunken Atlantean warriors. Yes, you read that correctly, and yes, it’s an awesome fight for the Hulk to have. By this point fans of Jason Aaron should expect no less than ridiculous ideas that lead to fun comics, so you all should not be disappointed here. My only complaint, though with the story is that we still know next to nothing about Banner’s endgame. Why did he take the finger of the villain from last issue, and what’s with the glowing rock he had surgically implanted inside the Hulk’s chest? Plus, why is the Hulk all of a sudden in space at the end of the issue with some bears? Yeah, it sounds ridiculously awesome, but I just wish we had some more answers. I can’t really complain, as that’s simply the nature of comics, but I think this arc would have benefitted if it were played out weekly, similar to how Marvel handled Venom’s “Circle of Four” event a few months back and how they did the Journey into Mystery/New Mutants crossover last month. It’s a really crazy, fast paced, and fun story that kind of loses traction in the wait between issues. Luckily this series commonly ships twice per month, so it’s not a hugely long wait before next issue.
Aside from my wish for this story to be published more frequently, I was pleased while reading this comic. It’s the type of fun that I’ve come to expect from Jason Aaron, and knowing the way he writes I’m sure it’ll lead up to a really awesome conclusion. Plus, Pasqual Ferry is an artist that I really enjoy, so it’s always nice to see him handling the art in anything I read. I believe issue #10 features artwork from Tom Raney, so we have that to look forward to in the near future.
GO Rating: 3.5/5