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World War Hulk Hardcover – May, 2009

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Greg Pak directed his first feature film "Robot Stories" which has played nationwide and won over 30 festival awards. With clients including Nike and Marvel Comics, he edits FilmHelp.com and AsianAmericanFilm.com. One of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 Filmmakers to Watch, Greg studied political science at Yale, history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and film at NYU's graduate program.

All-star artist John Romita Jr. has drawn nearly every Marvel character including Spider-man (Amazing Spider-man Coming Home), the Punisher and Thor. Following in his father's footsteps, he is best-known for his Spider-man work. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Incredible Hulk
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785126708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785126706
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Todd Grotenhuis on May 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
World War Hulk is the comic book equivalent of a summer action movie: long on action and fun, but short on plot. If that appeals to you, then grab your popcorn, sit back, and enjoy! Pretty much the same thing happens in all 5 issues: a succession of Marvel's heroes all line up to stop the Hulk, who's madder than he's ever been -- and one by one, they all fail. Up until the last issue, which seemed a little cliched (see spoiler alert below).

The Hulk has always been one of my favorite characters, and it was nice to see him in a big "event" comic which affects other Marvel characters. Then again, it doesn't really affect other characters much, because, by the end, lots of people have been beat up, and lots of property damage has occurred, but nothing else really changes. Nobody dies, nobody's life is changed, and the status quo is pretty much the same at the end as the beginning.

The fact that the Hulk is prepared to wipe out the entire eastern seaboard makes it a little hard to root for him. And the fact that no heroes have any success at stopping him makes the storyline seem a little repetitive -- like it doesn't really matter what anybody tries next, because the result is only going to be the same as with the last hero who tried. That is, until the last issue, when ...[SPOILER ALERT]... the Sentry fights Hulk to a standstill, and the Hulk finally calms down. Sentry is referred to all throughout the book as one of the Hulk's closest friends, and the one character who could always calm Hulk down, which does build up anticipation for the final battle, but to me it also raised another question: Who in the world is the Sentry?
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After the tragic events of the spectacular Planet Hulk, Marvel's green goliath returns to Earth with revenge on his mind in World War Hulk. Setting his sights on the ones that tricked him and shot him into space: Tony "Iron Man" Stark, Reed "Mr. Fantastic" Richards, Doctor Strange, and the Black Bolt, the Hulk takes on all those that stand in his way (including the New Avengers, the rest of the Fantastic Four, and more) as he and his Warbound turn New York City (and Madison Square Garden) into a total warzone. While the overall story of World War Hulk is great fun, the story as a whole just feels short. While there are a number of tie-in's to the event (but thankfully not as many as there were with Civil War), the main World War Hulk story just feels like there is a lot missing, especially the involvement of Hercules, who you will find plays a pretty big role in other featured tie-in's. While it isn't the classic that Planet Hulk was, writer Greg Pak still continues to be the best Hulk writer since Peter David (and Bruce Jones to a lesser degree), and the artwork from the great John Romita Jr. and veteran inker Klaus Janson impresses, even in the cataclysmic final battle between the Hulk and the Sentry, which is the comic art equivalent of an exploding sun. All in all, World War Hulk may be too short, but it is an enjoyable Marvel event, and ends up being more satisfying than Civil War ever ended up being.
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Hulk is pissed off. Hulk blames the illuminati for his exile and toils on Sakaar. Hulk lost wife and child so Hulk come home to smash! I don't know why Hulk smashing skulls is always so entertaining since it is so predictable. Essentially this story establishes Hulk as one of most powerful mortal beings in the 'verse which is relative to his extreme rage. Hmm, so he is now on par with deities and cosmic beings? Not bad for puny human.
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The Hulk was shot into space by Dr. Strange, Iron Man, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic. (The rest of the Illuminati, Professor X and Namor do not appear in this collection.) After rising to the position of world leader, a tragedy sends an enraged Hulk back to the Earth. Along with the Warbound, the Hulk plans on making those he holds responsible to pay for what they have done. He stops at the Moon to fight Black Bolt and then proceeds to New York to face the other three. The Hulk basically fights everybody.

From the summary, you can see this collection is long on action but fairly short on plot. The Hulk isn't just a little ticked off, he is suffering righteous wrath for the destruction of the woman he loved along with millions of his new subjects. Even at this highest level of rage he has ever experienced, the Hulk never loses his reason. He also never gives in to a killing rage.

My biggest complaint is the use of the Sentry. I know Marvel wanted to get this character into their universe but, for me, he always came off as awkward. The retrofit that Marvel used to try and get the Sentry introduced was fairly lame. So, to have a fairly weak and new character to be the final solution to this Battle Royale, was unfulfilling to say the least.

If you want a collection showing the Hulk going toe to toe with a lot of Marvel characters, you will enjoy this. If you are wanting a story to go along with it, you might be disappointed. Especially considering it doesn't cover all of the story of the Hulk's return to Earth. (It ignores his encounters with Professor X and the X-Men.)
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