World War Hulks #1
Written by / Illustrated by
Jeff Parker / Zach Howard – Game Face
Harrison Wilcox / Ben Oliver – Nobody Dies Forever
Scott Reed / Aluir Amancio - RAM
Paul Tobin / Ramon Rosanas – Heroic Efforts
Harrison Wilcox / Ryan Stegman – Objects of Desire
Jeff Parker / Ig Guara – Stupid Champagne Room
This book pissed me off.
I am not trying to be funny, I am not trying to be outrageous, hell, I am not even trying to be a hater, I am trying to be as honest in this review as possible witch is why I must reiterate; This Book Pissed Me Off!
There are a few things that I need to get straight before I move: (1) I may be one of the few people on the internet willing to admit that I have enjoyed the Hulk universe over the past couple of years, and yes that included Loeb’s Hulk book. (2) I have read, and enjoyed, most of Fall of the Hulks, including some of the tie-in limited series. (3) I was under the impression that when the mini-event Fall of the Hulks was over it lead into another mini-even called World War Hulks. It is this third point that caused World War Hulks #1 to piss me off so much.
Unlike Second Coming #1, Civil War #1, House of M #1, or any of the other myriad of #1s NAMED FOR THE STORYLINE THEY ARE PROMOTING, World War Hulks #1 is an anthology book where all six stories take place before or during Fall of the Hulks. Two of the stories (“Game Face” and “RAM”) are geared to Hulk readers who have been around since before Bruce Jones' run, meaning that I did not understand who or what they were talking about (Rick Jones is/was married?). “Nobody Dies Forever” is actually a pretty good story about Talbot being kidnapped back in the day by The Gremlin and being tortured by the Winter Soldier. “Heroic Efforts,” by far the best story in this book, shows the new Samson at his worst. Whereas “Object of Desire” is just another in a long line of “Red She-Hulk whines a lot” tales and completely skip able. Finally, we have Deadpool in “Stupid Champagne Room” I know, I know, “Deadpool whaaaaaaaaaaa! He’s popular and I don’t like him” I also know that if I point out that the Red Hulk has now used him twice and that he was a well-written addition to Fall of the Hulks it won’t matter (hell, I know that somehow Loeb will get blamed for this book even though his name is no where near it). But I have to say that “Stupid Champagne Room”, although a fun read, is also in the end pointless except that it leads into next weeks Hulked Out Heroes #1, another book that I am looking forward to.
If you haven’t yet, do not buy this book. If you are curious or think that you need to read in-between stories or a six page lead in that will be recapped in Hulked Out Heroes #1 read this book in the store.
Score – 3/10