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Incredible Hulk Visionaries - Peter David, Vol. 3 Paperback – May 17, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (May 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785120955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785120957
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. Khan on October 1, 2006
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With each Hulk Visionaries TPB, Peter David's writing gets richer and richer while the Hulk mythos gets more and more engaging. David continues to add levels of depth to the Mr. Fixit storyline while providing tons of action in the form of appearances by Spider-Man, the Thing, and Dr. Doom.

The thing Peter David does really well with the cunning, mean-spirited gray Hulk aka Mr. Fixit is portray him as a nearly irredeemable figure yet we pull for him at the end. He's rattlesnake mean and often malicious. But, David finds a way to redeem him nontheless. One issue that definitely illustrates this point is the one where the relatively weaker and smaller gray Hulk -- in the guise of Mr. Fixit -- goes up against the now-stronger and bigger Ben Grimm aka the Thing. The rivalry between the Hulk and the Thing is very well known. However, Peter David really turns things upside down when he makes the Thing the Hulk's superior in strength and fighting. It's a much needed humility for the Hulk and the fans appreciate and enjoy it as the Thing takes out his 20+ year frustrations of losing to the Hulk out. However, Peter David finds a way to redeem the Hulk in that fight in a unique way that still holds true to all the previous fights that are legend.

Enjoy what will hopefully only lead to many more Visionary TPBs that collect all of Peter David's legendary Hulk run.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jose Shaffernafferquez on March 14, 2007
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Yes, this edition is only the infantile first steps in a 12 year journey the reader embarks on courtesy of Mr. Peter David & the Incredible Hulk. Fans of the legendary run will already know the status of this item, while people just discovering the Hulk based on the current "World War Hulk" storyline may not be as enlightened. That's what I'm here for!

Peter David is a fairly famous comic book writer. He picked up the reins to the Hulk comic in the mid to late 1980's when no other writer wanted it. From that point on, he spent the next 12 years chronicling the adventures of Bruce Banner, Betty Ross Banner, Rick Jones, & Marlo CHandler to much critical & commercial fanfare. Even turning the Incredible Hulk from a "Bottom-Feeder" Diamond Ranking comic, into a Top 10 heavyweight for a short time w/ the assistance of Dale Keown on pencils.

This volume is #3 in the too slowly expanding Peter David Incredible Hulk catalog. Reprinting approximately issues #346-352?, this volume is slightly lackluster compared to what comes later. Featuring art by Jeff Purves, Alex Saviuk, & Joe Sinnot, this edition focuses on the Hulk's days as a Las Vegas bouncer for a top-notch casino. Appearances by the one & only webbed wonder Spider-Man & the ever loving blue eyed Thing, Benjamin J. Grimm, included within.

In short, Mr. David created by far the most captivating, polarizing, & sheerly mind-rending run on the character EVER. If you want genuine quality in characterization & depth of emotion in your comics than stop looking at this point, b/c You've found it! But again, I'll remind you that this is only the 3rd brief entry in a stellar LONG run for Mr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John B. C. Mcgregor on July 2, 2007
Peter David is known as one of the best writers to ever take on the Hulk. In this installment, he proves it yet again. David continues with the Hulk as the Vegas strong man, Mr Fixit. Brutish, mean, and loving it, the Hulk is finally able to live a life on his terms. The Spiderman crossover within the book is one of my personal favorites and The Hulk's battle with The Thing in Central Park may be one of the best clashes between the two in comic history. If you love the Hulk, buy this book.
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By Donald C. Weiss, Jr. on May 19, 2013
The Hulk's Las Vegas adventures continue in the third installment of the HULK VISIONARIES: PETER DAVID series. Living the good life as the enforcer "Mr. Fixit", the Hulk finally has everything he wants: status, respect, a purpose, and most of all, no Bruce Banner.

Peter David's development of the original, once-ignored concept of the Hulk is impressive. The gray Hulk may lack the childlike innocence and tragic loneliness of his later green incarnation, but he is a richly complex and multilayered version in his own right. The true "darker side", Mr. Fixit is crafty, devious, and sadistic, and yet David writes him in such a way that we continue to root for his success. His basic needs remain the same: to be left alone to live his life the way he wants to. While merciless to his enemies, he is devoted to his friends, boss Michael Berengetti and girlfriend Marlo Chandler. And where Bruce Banner regarded his predicament as a total curse, in the case of the gray Hulk the opposite is true. Becoming Bruce Banner again is something Mr. Fixit dreads, and constantly fights against. It's a startling reversal of the old formula, and part of what makes this storyline stand out as a uniquely fresh take.

Featuring memorable battles with Spider-Man and the Thing, the issues collected here remain one of the best examples of the versatility of the Incredible Hulk.
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