COMIC REVIEWS!! The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine & The X-Men #1!
The Incredible Hulk #1
Not to be outdone by DC, Marvel is also relaunching a few of their books. Specifically the X-Titles and this, The Incredible Hulk. Written by Jason Aaron and drawn by legend Marc Silvestri, this relaunch finds the jade giant seperated from Bruce Banner, and living underground with the Moloids. Essentially his life has devolved into beating the crap out of monsters and delivering them to the Moloids, in exchange for living in peace. However, a lifetime of being hunted has made the Hulk extremely paranoid of the relative peace that surrounds him. And after an attack by Amanda Von Doom (“no relation” she says), he is proven right. Von Doom is looking to recruit Hulk in tracking down a dangerous man, who has his own connection to the Hulk. That man? Bruce Banner.
I’ve also been a casual Hulk fan, so in a lot of ways this book is tailor made for me. The most recent Hulk stories I’ve read were the “Red Hulk” stories back in the early issues of Hulk, and while I enjoyed the sheer rediculousness of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’ series, this is an entirely different beast. For starters, Hulk is now once again smart, something that I think is very strange, as it seems to flip flop depending on whatever the writer wants for the story. I also have no knowledge of whatever happened in the previous Incredible Hulk series, so again, I don’t know if this is a continuation of that or something entirely new. Jason Aaron’s script probably could have been a little more accessible to someone just picking it up because it’s a new number one, but at the same time, I wasn’t completely left in the dark, and the reveal at the end is pretty interesting. Marc Silvestri’s art is very cool, especially when the Hulk is taking down giant monsters. It’s suitably over the top, and from the looks of the next few issues, we’ll be getting a lot of Hulk vs. gamma irradiated monsters (next issue will be SHARKS!).
Incredible Hulk #1 is a strange comic, as it’s both accessible AND inaccessible. However, it’s still an entertaining read, and I’m very intrigued by where this book will be going. For now I’m in.
Wolverine & The X-Men #1
After the events of Schism, the X-Men are divided into two teams: one lead by Cyclops, and another by Wolverine. Different in both team members and ideologies, this will be the status quo of the X-Men (for now). Wolverine & The X-Men is the start of this “Regnesis” phase for the mutants, and this first issue is a very well done introduction issue.
Again written by Jason Aaron, but this time drawn by Chris Bachalo, the issue finds Wolverine and Kitty Pryde giving the New York Department Of Education a tour of the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning. The Education board members are ready to close the school because of the danger it presents to the people around it. This is a great framing device for new readers, as it introduces all of the cast of the book, as well as give us the background info on just why and how Wolverine came to start up his own school. Wolverine & The X-Men was a welcome surprise, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.