Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:
Incredible Hulk #609
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1
Black Widow #2
Justice League: Generation Lost #1
Punisher MAX #7
The Flash #2
Birds of Prey #1
Ultimate Spider-Man #10
Heroic Age: Prince of Power #1
The Sword #24
–A SHORT ESSAY ON WHY INCREDIBLE HULK #609 IS SUCH A MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT
Loeb. The answer is Jeph Loeb. I had been enjoying Greg Pak’s run since Planet Hulk, but over the last year it’s fallen prey to the crossover nonsense that is Fall of the Hulks and World War Hulks. The tale of Banner mentoring Skaar abruptly became a slice of a larger story that I frankly don’t care about. It’s barely acceptable that the Hulk has a teenage son running around just a few years after his conception. Am I really meant to accept a Red Hulk, a Red She-Hulk, a new green She-Hulk, a blue Rick Jones, and a SECOND son who was able to face down Galactus? It’s just crap storytelling. And I blame Loeb.
(MILD SPOILER ALERT) The real tragedy is that there are still shining moments in each issue. Banner trying to escape from his own mind was actually interesting. But once I saw a big blue electric Thor Hulk and a Cap Hulk (with a BEEFY METAL ARM??) my brain gave up. I’ll stick with the ongoing tale of Hercules and Amadeus Cho, thank you very much. Those books are fun, smart, and have the best contextual sound effects in comics.