So far I’ve been enjoying Indestructible Hulk, but I haven’t felt it reach the heights I know Mark Waid can get to. With this issue, I think it did, and it’s surely no coincidence that this issue is a team-up between Hulk and Daredevil, a character that Waid is currently surpassing those heights with. This issue was a whole lot of fun, as we discover that, as part of Bruce Banner’s deal with SHIELD, he has Matt Murdock on retainer as his lawyer to make sure that he’s not abused by the Military Industrial Complex. This of course leads to their alter-egos joining forces to take down a shipment of super-weapons by Agence Byzantine.
It was just great seeing these two characters work together, and it was even better how Waid used it to play with the conventions of Daredevil stories, like busting into a criminal underworld bar. Daredevil is a lot more intimidating when he’s got the fucking Hulk backing him up. This issue also featured some great stuff with the relationship between Maria Hill and Bruce Banner, how they antagonise eachother, but how that’s actually effective. This issue was the clearest demonstration so far of how Hulk: Agent Of SHIELD is going to work, and it was great. Oh yeah, and the last page only went and brought back Baron Zemo, which is awesome.
The artwork for this issue was by Matteo Scalera, whose work I really enjoyed on Remender’s Secret Avengers, and he does similar good stuff here, he draws a good Daredevil, and more importantly he draws a big-ass hulking Hulk. Val Staples’ colours also deserve props, it’s odd to have a Hulk story set at night in New York City, but he made it work. This was my favourite issue of this series so far, I think Waid has found his groove.