Title: The Incredible Hulk #106
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Gary Frank
The issue starts off with Jennifer Walters a.k.a. She-Hulk trying to hichhike in the middle of New Jersey. After finding out about what happened to her cousin, she punched her boss (and the guy who sent the Hulk into space), Iron Man, who immediately depowered and deserted her. Amadeus Cho picks her up while Mr. Fantastic watches on who sends out Doc Samson in all of his green-haired Fabio glory to go intercept.
Jennifer and Amadeus go to a local diner where Amadeus tries to convince her to help the Hulk but she’s not buying it. They go outside where Samson “thunderclaps” them killing Amadeus’s pet coyote. Samson, with help from the sly Amadeus, reveals he had a part in sending the Hulk into space and depowering Jennifer who, due to Amadeus, ain’t depowered and beats the crap out of Samson.
Amadeus Cho leaves before the fight ends and then calls Jennifer afterwards revealing that the coyote was playing dead and that Hercules and Angel are going to help them out all while Mr. Fantastic and Samson look on.
Greg Pak and Gary Frank do a damn good job of getting you interested in their story and do a great job with the characterization. Pak does such a good job with the storytelling that there’s not a single bad thing in the issue and Frank does a great job with the detail and facial expressions.
Title: World War Hulk: Prologue- World Breaker
Writers: Peter David, Chris Giarrusso, and Greg Pak
Artists: Al Rio, Lee Weeks, Sean Phillips, Chris Giarrusso, and Takeshi Miyazawa
NOTE: World War Hulk: Prologue- World Breaker takes place after Incredible Hulk #106. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
“Casus Belli”- The Hulk and his team of gladiators are heading to Earth but get ambushed. Hulkie fights off the aliens but all he can see is his enemies from Earth; Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, and Black Bolt. He nearly kills his friend Brood when he mistakens him for Black Bolt but Korg saves the alien and returns the Hulk to normal. Down on Earth, Jennifer Walters is returning to her sleazy motel room when she discovers that there’s a long-haired big, strappling guy waiting for her. Turns out the guy’s Doc Samson instead of whatever you perverts are thinking and they discuss the Illuminati’s actions and why they did it.
At the same time, Hiriom and the Hulk do the same thing but from the Hulk’s perspective. From a little conversation, Jennifer kicks Samson out and realizes that the Hulk’s on his way home.
“Round Trip”- The Illumanti meet at the Avengers’ kitchen to discuss what to do with the Hulk in this pretty funny story. The funniest part is Hawkeye playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with Black Bolt because no one knows what BB’s saying with his hand gestures.
“Mastermind Excello”- In this reprint from Amazing Fantasy #15, Amadeus Cho’s origins are explained as he fights the government/ S.H.I.E.L.D./ spooky secretive group with help from the Hulk.
The stories are good yet feel short but I did feel as if I got money’s worth.
Posted originally: 2007-05-02 17:35:34