JD reviews Incredible Hulk #2!

Title: The Incredible Hulk #2
Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencilers: Marc Silvestri, Whilce Portacio, Billy Tan
Pencil Assists: Michael Broussard, Eric Basaldua
Finishes: Scott Hanna
Inkers: Joe Weems, Rick Basaldua, Jay Leisten, Don Ho, Crimelab Syndicate
Colors: Sunny Gho of IFS
Published by Marvel Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

ooooOOOOOooooo…I get it now. B.R.A.I.N.: a giant floating …yes, Brain-creature that enjoys 1950’s melodramas and Dixieland Jazz. This is THAT type of comic book. I know this sounds stupid, but it wasn’t until the introduction of B.R.A.I.N. that all the tumblers fell into place and I started really enjoying this book. There is going to be some kooky isht in this book. I don’t know about anyone else, but there are experiences that I enjoy no matter what, but I definitely need to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy certain other things. For example: I hated Austin Powers the first time I watched it, turned it off after 10 minutes to watch the Bruce Willis mega-blockbuster STRIKING DISTANCE, but realized with a later viewing that I loved that silly Michael Myers film. There are albums that I need to listen to 2 or 3 times in order to start appreciating it. So, too, goes this title. I didn’t have a great experience with issue 1, but with this installment, I’m in!

We have some more answers as to Bruce’s current shenanigans, we have some more Amanda Von Doom, whom I’m really starting to like, a shark-fight and more of the annoying Rock-Steady and Bebop characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, apparently. Oh, and Betty Ross. I had heard that she was the Red She-Hulk, but honestly I’d given up on anything Hulk-related after World War Hulk and the Who Is The Red-Hulk mess. Bletch. But to see Betty and Bruce in this issue, and how Betty reacts to him, I have to say, I’m now intrigued in Betty as a character. So this issue killed two birds with one stone: it not only got me interested in this series, but it also has me curious to hunt down the issues that reveal more about Red She-Hulk. Bravo, Jason Aaron.

Aaron also introduces us to two more characters, the aforementioned B.R.A.I.N and Mister Gor. Neither fella says word one in this issue, but since one of them is a giant floating brain with tentacles, I’m assuming Mr. Gore is going to be just as interesting. And even through B.R.A.I.N is the silent type, he immediately told me that I shouldn’t be taking this series too seriously, because Jason Aaron isn’t. He’s just having fun with it, and so should I. Message received loud and clear, giant-floating-brain-thing.

One of the other things that I noticed was that Banner is starting to remind me a little bit of Walter White from Season 3 of Breaking Bad. He seems to be totally losing his mind, and it’s fascinating. I don’t remember ever really seeing Bruce like this: the mad scientist of the Marvel Universe. This almost feels like Ultimate Reed Richards, a man so intelligent that he’s gone off the reservation and is now a villain. I’m wondering how far they’ll take him before they can’t return him to the put-upon scientist that is haunted by his deadly, greener half. Add to that some adorable hippy Moloids and you got yourself one hell of a Hulk comic!

JD can be found hosting the PopTards Podcast, drawing a weekly webcomic, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam over at www.poptardsgo.com, graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living over at www.jaydotdee.com, and Booking his Face off at http://www.facebook.com/jaydotdeedot. Follow his twitter @poptardsgo.

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6 Comments to “JD reviews Incredible Hulk #2!”

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  1. Brian_the_hutt says:

    I am starting to miss the hulk stories that don’t have the hulk and it just deals with Banner’s internal guilt. I am intrigued now that the characters are separated.

  2. JD (Host) says:

    Yeah, this doesn’t seem to be just more HULK SMASH stuff, which is good. I like the separation too. Crazy Banner is interesting.

  3. LoganBlue says:

    I hate Betty and hope that Aaron has Hulk totally reject her and has Hulk totally destroy Red

  4. JD (Host) says:

    @LoganBlue, why do you hate Betty? I haven’t read much about her Red She Hulk business…what makes her unlikable? Or do you just mean Betty as a character with or without the She Hulk?

    Also, whatever became of the green She-Hulk? Jennifer, Bruce’s cousin? Is she still hopping around?

  5. Hal says:

    Jennifer is alive and well (and played a good-sized part in the final parts of Pak’s run on Hulk. Like Banner/Hulk, Betty/Hulk is two people depending on her form, which made the renewed courtship model really intriguing before Aaron’s run kicked in.

    Like JD, I was a bit dubious about Hulk #1, and as a life-long Hulk fan, that was upsetting. What Aaron is doing, though, which is now apparent with the second issue, is returning to a tried-and-true Hulk theme of which character is the monster: Bruce or the Hulk. There have been hints that Banner has been going slightly nuts for the past year and a half (producing some awesome “Banner-tech” gizmos along the way), but this slide into flat out insanity without the “stabilizing” influence of the Hulk is what makes it fun. I’ll be curious to see if the brain tumor issue is something that the Hulk was always keep at bay (what with his healing factor and all) and, like Logan without his healing factor to stave off Adamantium poisoning, he requires the Hulk “mutation” to live.

    As for the B.R.A.I.N.: that spike move with the sharks was sweet!

  6. jaydee says:

    Yeah, I’m thinking you might be right-on about the Brain Tumor/Hulk connection…kind of like the Venom Symbiote feeding off of Eddie Brock’s cancer, keeping IT at bay.

    Hey Hal…whatever happened to Jen, the original She Hulk?

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