Comic Fodder

Dana's Marvel Comic Reviews

Each week Comics Fodder will bring you a number of reviews from the Marvel Universe. Some comic books will inevitably be missed. But should any reader feel a certain Marvel title has been shamefully overlooked by me, take a gander at my comic counterpart’s reviews. If he’s missed it too, drop us a quick note and we’ll try to take a look.


THE INCREDIBLE HULK 110

By Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan, Jeffrey Huet and Chris Sotomayor

The Incredible Hulk is just one of those titles that reminds me why I love comic books. It’s consistently rich in character development. It’s always loaded with action. And it never neglects its storytelling. A must read on any comic collector’s list.

This month’s book brings us deeper into a couple of characters very important to the story of World War Hulk. The first, naturally, is that of Hulk. It’s a true credit to Pak’s talent that he’s able to add new facets to a character that has been around for so long. For years, Hulk has seemed like a mindless smashing machine, a perpetual threat to society’s existence. In Pak’s hands, he’s a very complex character. The duality of his existence is constantly present and humanity lies just underneath his green flesh. We learn that Hulk can’t kill. He’s “always running the numbers [so he knows] where the innocents are and how to save them.” Yes, he has killed in the past but there were reasons. When left to his own devices, he won’t do it. This is such a genius idea. It’s an interesting character flaw that I’m assuming will play a larger role later in this or the event title.

The other character we delve further into is that of Amadeus Cho. I wasn’t at all familiar with Cho and my initial reaction to him wasn’t all that favorable. As the story has progressed, I can’t imagine this book without him. His youthful defiance is so perfect for a person of his age. It adds so much to his interaction with Hulk. There’s humor, confidence, and foresight in virtually everything he says. I can only hope we’ll keep seeing him after the conclusion of Warbound.

The art is again wonderful. Pagulayan has rendered some amazing panels and adds great depth to Pak’s already splendid words. Everything is seamless. And his version of Hulk may just be my favorite.

I can’t say it enough – pick this book up!


THE NEW WARRIORS 4

By Kevin Grevioux, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco and Marte Gracia

Out of the crop of new titles spun from The Initiative, The New Warriors is probably my favorite. Grevioux has done an excellent job of constructing a very diverse and interesting team (though I’m still unsure who some of them are). I really like the idea that this new group of warriors is all formerly super-powered in some way, shape or form. I look forward to discovering who the team actually consists of as this arc continues.

There are a number of comics out there these days that always seem to save the best stuff for the last couple pages of the book. It’s a great way to get people coming back. Hell, I’m a sucker for a great cliffhanger. And this book definitely has a good one this month. To be completely honest, I was quite shocked. But the rest of the pages were still very, very good. It had a nice pace, plenty of action, good character development, and great storytelling. I’d go into further detail but I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who haven’t read it yet.

The art on this book is very good. But I’m not sure if it exactly fits the mood or tone. I’d like to see it a little darker, a little edgier. Don’t get me wrong, the book is filled with great action, expressive faces, and detailed environments. I’m just not convinced this was the perfect art team for this title.

All in all, another great issue. Pick this book up!

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Dana Severson is one of your resident reviewers of all things
Marvel. He is often found red-eyed and filled with caffeine.