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NEW RULK : AVENGERS (7-12) Trade Paperback out now!

It’s history in the making! Read how the Red Hulk continues his path to redemption and joins the mighty AVENGERS!  Originally released in a hardcover format, this trade paperback is out now and comes highly recommended!  It’s a terrific read!

Here are the details:

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AVENGERS Volume 2 (Issues 7-12)

Published Date: January 11, 2012

Format: Trade Paperback

Retail Price: $19.99

The Story: One of the greatest secrets in Marvel history is laid bare – and it just may reignite the Civil War between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers! The Illuminati thought their days as the world’s protectors were over – until the Hood escaped from prison and embarked on a quest to gather the all-powerful Infinity Gems, which the super-secret brain trust had taken responsibility for safeguarding. Now, Iron Man, Professor X, Mr. Fantastic, the Sub-Mariner, Dr. Strange and Black Bolt will face a reckoning like never before when Steve Rogers learns of their years-long subterfuge. Will even the combined might of the Avengers, New Avengers, Secret Avengers and Illuminati be enough to take down a cosmically powered Hood? And did somebody say “Thanos”‌? Plus: What is the mystery of the Spaceknight?

-A.J. 
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RULK REVIEW : HULK Issue # 4

HULK Issue # 4Once again, it’s the amazing art of Ed McGuinness that reigns supreme in HULK Issue #4 “Red Light, Green Light” as the Red Hulk and the Green finally go mano-a-mano in a no holds barred battle to truly prove which Hulk isthe strongest one there is.

 

Of course, the first ever confrontation between these two titans has various widespread implications in the Marvel universe, so much so that it has come to the attention of Uato the Watcher to observe.   BIG MISTAKE.   In a controversial move, Red Hulk’s cosmic energy enables the arrogant beast drunk on power & rage to give Uato a fistful of dissent, giving him a beat down he never experienced nor will forget.   Repercussions for these actions are not even an afterthought when you consider yourself the most powerful force in the universe, so it’s fortunate for the brutalized Watcher that the Green Hulk intervenes when he does…   leading to the main event between the two monsters with thunderous results.

 

A Red Hulk distracted

A Red Hulk distracted

 

After successfully ripping through Abomination, Iron Man, She-Hulk, A-Bomb, Robot Harpies and a Helicarrier singlehandedly, writer Jeph Loeb successfully frames the intriguing question as he faces off with the Hulk.. can anyone stop the Red Hulk?   Big Red doesn’t think so… “THERE’S NO ONE WHO CAN BEAT ME” Rulk roars.. and also reveals his true identity holds a lot of resentment towards the Hulk.   With lines like “For years all I wanted was to destroy you” and “I’m going to choke the life out of you, ending years of ruining other people’s lives” Loeb gives the readers a taste of what hatred lingers in the dark corners of the Rulk’s mind towards the green goliath.

"I&squot;ve waited a long time for this!"

“I’ve waited a long time for this!”

 

Albeit, while the story is still thin, its main design is to showcase the amazing artwork of Ed McGuinness.   Clearly put on this planet to draw the   Hulks, this battle royale of artistic brilliance leaves the reader staring at splash pages with awe much longer than any balloon of dialogue or narrative could hold one’s attention.   The monsters’ brute strength McGuinness conveys in their frames, feels like an abundance of power just barely contained by all the skin that holds the muscles in place.   And his sinister look of the Red Hulk remains unmatched.

 

A battle for the ages

A battle for the ages

 

Ending with an appearance of our favorite god of thunder teasing what the next Red Hulk challenger will be, this book is a very enjoyable read.   It may not be extremely deep… but it sure is fun.

 

4 out of 5 Stars 

-A.J. 
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VARIANT COVERS:

HULK Issue # 4 Variant A

HULK Issue # 4 Variant B 2nd Printing
 

 


RULK REVIEW : HULK Issue # 35

HULK Issue # 35

Payback is a bitch. And a consequence to the Red Hulk’s power drunk, arrogant rampage in the early issues of the HULK series is beginning to rear its ugly head. The bad karma catching up to him may be delayed a bit…. but make no mistake…. it’s coming. 
 

With continuity in mind, writer Jeff Parker has taken an old, quick, comedic, throwaway moment of the Red Hulk punching out Uatu The Watcher (which made many readers cringe back in the early issues of 2008) and turned it into a very interesting storyline explaining how such a feat was possible… the Rulk is part cosmic power.. and what is its ramifications. Could a Watcher feel anger? Humiliation? Would a Watcher take revenge? That’s why it’s a shame such an interesting story has to come on the heels of sacrificing another: Planet Red Hulk. 

In last issue’s Part One, Parker setup a real interesting story where the Red Hulk found himself between two warring planets, both based on a culture ruled by strength. Now while the story arc was a bit rushed and deserved at least a three issue run, it was enjoyable to see the General use his military knowledge in Part Two and ultimately steer these two races to some assemblage of peace. But it was the transition between the Rulk’s time on these alien planets and his return to Earth’s orbit, makes you wonder what was the point? This is a little bit frustrating. 

King Red Hulk

King Red Hulk

 
Fortunately, we still have the wonderful art of Carlo Pagulayan and colorist Jesus Aburtov to look at. Their combined talents really brought these alien planets to life and I hope they continue to work on more Red Hulk comics in the future. 
 

2.5 out of 5 Stars 

-A.J. 

 A general falls. A red monster rises. Stay tuned.