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Hulk #4

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This one is still chugging along. And it’s still a slow burner. But I do like it. It’s interesting how little we see of Jen as the Hulk. She’s always suppressing. She’s lawyering, y’know? She’s trying to be in control. The hero – but not the superhero.

And the woman, Maise she’s protecting – through law – we see as a victim. But the story still isn’t clear. And now, with Maise backed into a corner, maybe she’s not what we thought at all these last few issues.

But I don’t know. Because it’s a slow burn. It’s taking a long time to tell us this story, but I do still like it.

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Hulk #3

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I can say I’m still enjoying this one. I mean, it’s not at the top of my list but it’s very good. It has a great slow-burn quality to it. It’s written in a really thoughtful and emotional way. And I dig that.

Maybe my favorite thing about this issue was more Hellcat. She comes and visits Jen and asks why she’s being avoided, and the response is so human. Or rather the response in Jen’s head that she doesn’t have the guts to say:  she’s avoiding her own friend to avoid the reminder that she is no longer who she used to be.

Seriously, this is a good series.

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Hulk #2

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I predict this new Hulk series not being embraced by the masses. It’s a slow-burn for sure. But I love a good slow-burn. And I’m really enjoying this one.

The series follows Jennifer (previously She-Hulk) as she deals with the grief of losing her cousin. So far this is more a story of dealing with loss than anything else. And using the Hulk character to do so is brilliant. The fight to control feelings and all.

The art is fantastic by the way. Really colorful and kind of walks the line between simplicity and expressiveness.

I know that this series isn’t for everyone, but I’ll gladly keep reading.

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Hulk #1

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Wow. Wow. It is not often that a first issue can punch you in the gut quite like this one did. I picked up issue #1 of Hulk totally out of curiosity. I mean, I have always thought that She-Hulk was pretty cool. I remember her stint in the Fantastic Four being especially great. But this… I wasn’t expecting this.

Now I should note that I haven’t read Civil War II yet (though I did pick up the first issue… I should get to reading that already). But having said that, I have been reading plenty of new Marvel comics that have filled in a lot of the events. Recent issues of Mockingbird and Infamous Iron Man have both told me things that happened in Civil War II.

So here we are. The Bruce Banner Hulk is dead. Jennifer has just awoken from a coma. She is the only Hulk left. And she needs to get on with her life. This whole first issue deals with Jennifer trying to go back to work; trying to feel normal in a world that has been turned upside-down. This is a brilliant way to tell the story. Jennifer – THE HULK – feels so human. This is a tragic story. One that feels so emotionally engaging that I want to slow-clap.

Great superhero comics can tell a lot about human nature while using these extraordinary characters to paint the picture. And this is something deep. A story about mourning; about pain. I’m highly impressed.