Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Indestructible Hulk Issue #1

Written by Mark Waid
Pencils by Leinil Yu

Originally, I was upset that Marvel was ending Jason Aaron's run on the Incredible Hulk. Aaron breathed so much life into the Incredible Hulk after Marvel introduced every colored Hulk on the color spectrum and just killed us with all these Hulks. It was mighty confusing. Aaron really bought it back to what the Hulk was: a part of Bruce Banner that he could not get rid of.

While I enjoy Mark Waid tremendously with his "Irredeemable" and all the work he did on Daredevil. I mean to follow Ed Brubaker is a tough sell. Waid did his thing and bought Daredevil back after the wonderful and underrated "Shadowland" story arc. Waid's run on Daredevil is a must have. Again, Marvel did a bad thing by ending that. I still didn't think that Waid could follow up after Aaron.

Banner realizes that he has been thinking this Hulk thing all wrong. No matter what he does, Banner and the Hulk go together like Bobby and Whitney. Banner realizes that he can't escape this. The best thing to do is embrace it and make the better of it. Banner also realizes that he wants to leave a legacy. He doesn't want to be known as the Hulk that smashes everything. He recognizes his genius and wants to utilize that to the fullest.

Banner approaches Maria Hill, the current head of S.H.I.E.L.D., and offers to be an agent of SHIELD as long as he is given all the resources and staff needed to invent things that will help mankind. This is a very dope premise. Of course, Hill believes Banner is on some new drug but the idea of the Hulk as an agent of SHIELD is too good to pass up. So Hill takes up Banner's offer on a probationary status.

Waid wastes no time and plows the Hulk into battle for SHIELD. If you are going to start off a new series, this is how you do it. If anyone can draw the Hulk smashing and the Chaos that flies from that, Leinil Yu is that dude (check Secret Invasion and Super Crooks). Yu is yet another artist that Marvel has in it's arsenal.

With Waid writing for the Indestructible Hulk, this new series looks very promising. Of all the Marvel Now! titles this is the only one that the reader will not need background information on to catch up with. Any new reader can jump in to this story and not be left behind.  

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