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Hulk, Vol. 2: Red & Green Hardcover – April 29, 2009
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This book just had the green Hulk in there kinda as an after thought. I was a little confused about the Hulk's powers. I mean in WWH (World War Hulk), he was impervious to anything short of a nuclear weapon and adamantium. Yet his flesh can be pierced by the fangs of a Wendigo? Unless they are Adamantium or Vibranium, they're not going to pierce his skin.
It was pretty cool to see all the chicks in the Marvel universe teaming up to kick the Red Hulk's big crimson butt. We also got to see that he is no push over and that he's worthy of the title of "Hulk." We also see some of his motives and that he's doing some recruiting, for what we don't know yet.
This wasn't terrible, but there was nothing epic in this book. If you're a fan of the Hulk pick it up.
This collection consists, in the main, of two stories that ran side-by-side in "Hulk" for three issues. The first, illustrated by Art Adams, sees Green Hulk (back to being a moron again with no explanation, after Greg Pak's "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk" invested so much in building him up as a character; Pak has since supplied one, but Loeb doesn't care) wander through Las Vegas in search of Red Hulk, only to get sidetracked by a bunch of Wendigos. He teams up with DC Trinity-analogues Sentry (Superman), Ms. Marvel (Wonder Woman) and Moon Knight (Batman), gets infected to turn into 'Wendihulk', and then Brother Voodoo appears out of nowhere to resolve the plot, in one of the most blatant deus ex machinas in recent memory. A whole lot of nuthin', in other words, though competently drawn by Adams.
Elsewhere, She-Hulk, who got beaten up badly by Red Hulk in the preceding story (built upon in one of the shorts in "King-Sized Hulk"), teams up with Thundra and Valkyrie (which of the two Valkyries you ask? Loeb doesn't care to say) to take him down. That they even think they have a chance (and they actually do) flows from Loeb assigning Red Hulk no consistent power levels. In the first arc, he effortlessly beat up Thor (which was complete nonsense, incidentally; Thor's hammer doesn't work like that), here he has trouble with three b-level hitters. Then a bunch more female heroes show up. Loeb has a tendency to write for his artists, and, since it's Cho drawing, that means lots of attractive female heroes. Cho is a bit of a contradiction himself; his women are muscly (sometimes overly so, as with Hellcat here) and strong-looking, but he also indulges in a lot of T 'n A shots; I'm a fan, with reservations).
Jeph Loeb, in his work for DC Comics in the mid and late 90s, produced a number of well-regarded stories, mainly involving Batman. While one can criticize them as being derivative of other stories, they were overall strong pieces; in the 2000s, though, his level of quality has dropped catastrophically. "Hulk" is not as obnoxious as the "Ultimatum" event currently destroying whatever was left of the Ultimate Universe, but it's just bad writing, glossed over with good art.
But S., you say, aren't you being overly analytical? Isn't this just good, dumb fun? Why no, it's just stupid. If you are looking for fun comics, I strongly advise you to look up the works of Fred Van Lente (such as "Incredible Hercules", co-written with Greg Pak) and Jeff Parker ("Exiles", "Agents of Atlas", any of the finer Marvel Adventures titles) and give this a pass. Not remotely worth anyone's time.
It's a real shame with top notch talent like Art Adams and Frank Cho to be brought down to his level by their mere association.
The second problem is continuity. Its all well and good writing a story apart from regular marvel canon but Loeb uses so many guest stars in the case of Moon Knight and Valkyrie they seem to have lost years of character development.
I believe this story has been stretched out beyond its intended length the longer it stays away from the end the more frustrating and ill conceived the situations become.
I stuck with this title for a while in the hopes it would get better but after Over a year and half of bad dialogue Zero character development and the writers inability to write without cramming guest stars into nearly every issue I gave up.
The stories in this volume are bad and they're only going to get worse until Loeb relearns how to write and stops padding out a weak story about a superheroes evil twin.