Hulk and Banner are reunited, and just in time to fight an army of Doombots! But that’s not all, as Hulk takes an attack from the mental front. Yeah, it’s like Inception up in here in a story that only Jason Aaron could tell.
Read on for my review!
I was really happy about how the last issue of this series turned out. Everything Aaron had been doing had finally come to a head and it made the entire series really seem worth doing. I’ve praised a lot of what Aaron has done since issue #1, and though we had a bit of a rough patch during “Stay Angry,” the series has hit its stride more than it ever had before in this finale.
The issue isn’t quite as substantial as the previous one was, but it does introduce some really crazy elements that give Hulk/Banner something they haven’t exactly found themselves up against in the past. Plus, it ties in cleverly to what happened back in the first arc between Hulk and Dr. Doom.
There’s plenty of awesome action in this issue, and honestly, who wouldn’t want to see a room full of Dooms going head to head with the Hulk? However, the point of the issue that really makes it stand out is Aaron’s idea of having someone attack Hulk from the inside; inside his own brain. It’s a clever idea because it also gives readers firsthand insight as to how Banner’s mind is functioning right now.
Jefte Palo continues on the interiors in this issue, and once again he illustrates a mighty fine comic. Action seems to be his strongpoint, which would obviously make him a good choice for a Hulk comic, but where I believe he excels is in his portrayal of the characters involved, including Hulk, himself, and the entire supporting cast. Even the truck driving monkey.
This issue introduced a lot of interesting ideas to the story, and it makes me even more sure that Aaron is going to pay off in a big way next issue. Sure, this Hulk series was short, and it seems to just be a stepping stone before Mark Waid takes over in November, but I’ll be damned if it’s not a memorable series.
GO Rating: 4/5