Hulk #1 (for the upteenth time)
So another Hulk #1, I'm writing this as I read...
The cover title "Who Shot Bruce Banner?" becomes "Who shot the Hulk?" on the cover page. Answer: every army soldier since 1962 (and that's one of the "biggest mysteries in Hulk History" answered).
A brain doctor is practically shanghaied by SHIELD to operate on a mystery person whom they disclose is the Hulk only when they put him in the operating theater. Good thing this is a comic where the Doctor just gets to work instead of barfing and freaking out as would happen anywhere else.
A Hulk origin recap ensues where once again it's all Ricks Jones' fault and not a whiff of a mention of the Russian spy's involvement. Nice retcon that people thought the Hulk was from some other dimension. Wait, said retcon now says Banner was disgraced and dropped from sight, Guess Waid and the editor never read Hulk's 2-6 and the majority of Tales to Astonish. Nice touch with the Zzaxx (one of my favorite issues). Carpenter thinking about the little girl is from out of nowhere, so she must be a player in a later issue.
Okay - that's not SHIELD after all, but whoever it is, is an idiot. He's practically telling the Doctor he's dead the moment he's finished - Doc only choice is to kill Banner (which of course he won't do).
And tada - the little girl is all grown up and saves the day (what luck that the little girl grew up to become an anesthesiologist and it's even better, nay, impossible luck that the same girl was shanghaied along with the rest of the surgical team.
Banner Hulks out - but apparently his healing factor is now gone.
Can't remember if I read that the Beehive Enclave guys were involved - but if I didn't, that sure looks like their teleport tech.
It takes two weeks for (the real) SHIELD or the Enclave (that's what I'm calling them I guess) to find Banner? yeah.
And, Banner's an idiot. All right, I know I've been critical going through this issue, but this is great. As someone who has not at all liked Banner pretending to be in the same room as the Richards, Starks & Pyms of the world - this works!
Bagley's art is typical Bagley - pretty darn good.
Story - 3
Art - 7
Overall - 5