It's green vs. green as Jason Aaron's new Hulk series squares off against fan favorite Kyle Rayner. Which book comes out on top? Read on and find out!
This week's showdown is between two rather colorful books. One features a not-so-jolly green giant, the other a full box of crayons. It's The Incredible Hulk #1 vs. Green Lantern: New Guardians #2!
Red Book: The Incredible Hulk #1 (Jason Aaron, Marc Silvestri, Sammy Gho)
Everyone's favorite monster is back and ready to SMASH. How will he deal with his new surroundings, and what does Bruce Banner have to do with things now?
Writing: Jason Aaron really brings back the Hulk with a big bang. Seriously. Hulk beats the crap out of lots of stuff, so there's plenty of action to go around. There's a new status quo for Hulk and Banner, and things are set up for the new arc very interestingly. I found myself surprisingly engaged. Hulk's point of view on the world is shared quite well and Banner's desperation can be felt.
Art: I'm not too familiar with Marc Silvestri's work, but I can say that I like his take on Hulk. He's big, but you can tell he's not just bulk. He actually has structure and human-like features and anatomy. Also, the environments are very pretty. Silvestri's attention to detail is very clear and the color choices are deliberate and well made. This is a great looking book.
Writing: I only have a few complaints about this issue, primarily with our new "antagonist". I have to ask: if she's not related to Dr. Doom, then why does she have the same last name? It seems like a very dumb move. Also, there's another thing that I don't understand: if Hulk is originally Bruce Banner transformed, then why are they now apparently two separate entities? It's confusing!
Art: I honestly don't really have any complaints with the art in this book, aside from the opinion that the new "Paper Mache" warriors look a little ridiculous. It's like the Shadowkhan meets papercraft. The new girl seems to be designed in the obligatory "only-girl-in-the-book" style, which isn't so much a bad thing as an obvious move.
Blue Book: Green Lantern: New Guardians #2 (Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham, Harvey Tolibao, Batt)
Green Lantern Kyle Rayner is trying to figure out what's drawn all of the other Corps members to him. This mystery is too big for him to solve on his own, though, so he needs to get a little help.
Writing: This issue is certainly better than #1. It fills in a lot more of the blanks in the Lantern-verse that new readers may have been curious about. The characters are given more definition and roles in the story as well. Kyle is given more attention, obviously, but it helps the other characters seem more involved in the story.
Art: Like I said in my 52apalooza review, this book is very easy to look at. The colors are vibrant and the art itself is solid. Tyler Kirkham and crew give the book a great look. All of the characters are definable and the settings look cool, too. I like the contrast between the city on Earth and Oa, gives a nice tone to the book. For me this is a great example of "comic book" art. I don't know what that really means, though.
Writing: The fighting between the characters as the book opens seems to make sense at first, but as a plot-carrying device it feels a little forced. More specifically the reasoning behind their fighting is forced. The characters still aren't very deep either. They're given more shape but not much dimension. It's kind of like if you drew shadows behind a stick figure, but didn't add any shading to the character itself. The Lantern-verse itself received the least amount of changes in the reboot, making it fairly difficult to access.
Art: Again, there isn't anything really wrong with the art in this book. However, here it's a little easier to find some cons. The artwork here isn't bad, but it's nothing to write home about. You'll like it, but it won't knock you off your feet. I enjoy it in any case.
Winner of the Week: The Incredible Hulk #1!
Running Score Count: Red: 2, Blue: 1
In my little time reading comic books regularly, I can honestly say that there have been only a handful of books that I've actively anticipated: Daredevil, Aquaman, Action Comics, and now Hulk. I can honestly say that I'm really looking forward to how this series develops. Pick up either book, really, I would say both are worth reading, but Hulk edges out here!
Written or Contributed by: Veggieleezy, Outhouse Contributor