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by Eli Katz
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Ron Garney
I'm dropping this book. After just two issues, I'm dropping it for good, and I'm never reading another Skaar-related story again.
Why? Because Skaar, the son of Hulk, is an incredibly retarded version of Conan — and when I say retarded, I mean drool-hanging-from-the-lower-lip retarded. He's too stupid, too savage, and too boring to be the title character of a comic book. He isn't likable. He isn't tragic. He isn't surrounded by interesting characters. He doesn't have a secret identity. He doesn't really have any motivations. His only emotion is anger. He never really says anything except a few burps and grunts. Basically, he's like the liquid-metal version of the Terminator: an unstoppable, rapidly-healing killing force that just keeps going no matter how many times he's stabbed, torched, or dropped from the sky.
The story, so far, has a bunch of goonish Axemen hunting down the son of Hulk because, well, he's destined to kick ass, and these Axemen figure their best shot at killin' him is when he's still young and weak. Wrong. Skaar is badass from conception, and he rips apart fire-breathing dragons as if they were a basket of Buffalo wings. Hence, we've had two issues of bodies hacked apart, in all sorts of disgusting ways, by characters we don't know and don't care about. This is mindless action, par excellence.
Sure, Ron Garney's art is as stunning as ever, and maybe the book is worth three bucks just to see Garney — who, in my opinion, is this generation's John Buscema — depict gorgeous battle scenes. But the story is so lacking at this point, it's hard to get excited about 22 pages of beautifully drawn dragons. I'm stunned that Greg Pak is writing — I'd like to say a crappy story, but there isn't enough story here to call it "crappy." Seriously, it's mind boggling that, after his thoughtful and wonderfully tragic Planet Hulk, Pak follows up with what is turning out to be the stupidest book Marvel is currently publishing.
That's harsh, I know. But I'm only being harsh because I'm so terribly disappointed. I had hoped that Skaar, in the hands of Pak and Garney, would lead to the creation of one of Marvel's most intriguing heroes. But instead, Pak has produced a character who makes D-list super villains seem interesting.
Skaar sucks. And if I were stupid enough to keep buying this book, I'd be cheering for the Axemen to cut the bastard into little pieces.
Posted originally: 2008-08-01 12:38:52