The last issue of the Incredible Hulk is upon is. (Last issue in this series, that is.) Today I will be reviewing Incredible Hulk #635. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Incredible Hulk #635
So let’s talk about the book. Dr. Strange is in the Dark Dimension with the Hulk and Red She Hulk who are finally at peace destroying each other over and over again. He leaves them to return to our world. Unfortunately Fin Fang Foom has also come to our world and he has absorbed all of the gamma radiation in an abandoned gamma base and is now using it to decimate the world. Rick and Jennifer try to absorb the radiation which causes them to Hulk out and lose their minds but it is still not enough to take down the dragon. With no other option, the Hulk and Red She Hulk are wished back into our reality where they absorb the rest of the radiation and smash Fin Fang Foom. Then the Hulks begin smashing each other, which threatens to break the world. Hulk uses his last bit of magic to make a final wish that turns everyone back to the way they were, in full control of their powers and Hulking out abilities. Unfortunately Banner is still cursed with his own monster. He decides that his only option is to disappear so he never bothers anyone again. Too bad that Cho and Betty eventually find him and they ride off into the sunset. And that’s the book.
So let’s talk opinions. What a GIGANTIC LETDOWN. What the hell happened? Where was the action? Where was the climactic battle? Where was any emotion or suffering or a story that made logical sense? After such an incredible run of non stop page turning action and excitement, this issue just fell flat on so many levels. I hate it when magic is used as the resolution to a problem. It’s like taking a math problem and erasing it because it is too difficult. Then you replace it with an easier problem and expect to get the same credit for solving it. It’s a cop out. It’s an easy escape. It uses absolutely no imagination or writing skill at all. Giant unbreakable indestructible no way to beat enemy in your way? Use magic and it miraculously vanishes. This isn’t a fairy tale where everyone lives happily ever after at the end. This is supposed to be intellectual literature. Top off that ridiculousness with the whole now they’re Hulky, now they’re not, now they’re Hulky again and you take the entire final arc you just wrote and completely invalidate it. If you ignored this entire story arc, you would lose absolutely nothing. I was hoping that after this ended, there would be only one Hulk and one Rulk. Instead, nothing changed. Everything stayed the same. That’s not how you end a series. No resolution was reached. No satisfaction was given. Just Hulk and Red She-Hulk leaping into the sky in a ridiculous pose. I was hoping for so much more. Such a shame that Pak’s masterful run had to end on such a massive low. At least the art was great so we didn’t have to suffer visually as well as mentally. I pray that Jason Aaron can do the Hulk some justice in the new series but if its anything like his current Wolverine run, I predict some redundant stories in Hulk’s future. If that is the case, then it is a gross injustice to one of Marvel’s top tier characters. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|so-so story. great art.||crappy action. a ‘magically’ happy ending. Pathetic.|