A strong ending to what has been a very uneven opening story arc for Jason Aaron’s Hulk run. Most of those problems have been with the artwork, which isn’t really Aaron’s fault, but even then, his writing hasn’t been as brilliant as his Wolverine/Scalped/Ghost Rider best. This issue features something we never thought we’d see, the death of Bruce Banner, he is obliterated in a nuclear explosion, and the scenes of him melting away were absolutely fantastic, those images will stay with me. It’s going to be very interesting to see what kind of character the Hulk will be now without Bruce, and how this arc has changed our perspective on their relationship, Hulk was not a curse, but a blessing, an outlet for the anger within him that could have turned Bruce Banner into a true monster, and in the end, did. That said, we’ll obviously see Bruce again, someone will find a way to resurrect him and recombine him with the Hulk, they always do, but for now, we’re in new territory, and it’s exciting. I also really like how this issue set up an antagonism between the Hulk and Doctor Doom, not content with having the FF as his mortal enemies, Victor now has the Hulk hating him, the balls on that guy! Also interesting is what the other Von Doom, Amanda, plans to do with all of Bruce’s gamma experiments (aside from have sex with them), I’m looking forward to seeing where Aaron takes Amanda, and what her back-story is. Hopefully this book will improve now, with the artist muddle behind it, the future’s bright.