Characters Appearing: Atalanta, Betty Ross, Carolyn St. Lawrence, Henry Peter Gyrich, Hulk (Banner-less), Janis Jones, Jason (Pantheon), Paris, Wild Man
Issue(s): Hulk #447
The Hulk is still covered in melted gunk. He's become a gathering place for people holding a vigil for the heroes killed during Onslaught. Betty arrives but isn't allowed to get too close, because the Hulk has become extremely radioactive again (it seems he's radioactive enough to melt rocks that are thrown at him, but it's safe to stand 20 or so feet away? *I* wouldn't be anywhere near there, that's for sure.).
Also gathered around the "statue" are Janis, Alex Wildman (Janis' ride from last issue), and some members of the Pantheon. Wildman goes crazy, talking like someone out of a mid-70s Defenders comic.
He gets hit by lightning and passes out after taking out a bunch of soldiers.
Paris is trying to convince Henry Peter Gyrich that the Pantheon could replace the role of the Avengers or Fantastic Four as a super-powered supplement to the government. I am surprised that (PAD's former book) X-Factor isn't mentioned, although from what i've seen of that comic lately the team doesn't seem to be in great shape.
As if to help the Pantheon make its case, the Hulk emerges from the goo.
This is the first we're really seeing of post-Onslaught, Banner-less Hulk. Deodato's art is a most welcome change from Angel Medina's, but it also reflects a change in style. Medina (on top of his personal style) was trying to evoke something Maestro-ish. Deodato is giving us a clean cut version, close to the original "savage" Hulk, but not quite (the covers say "Savage Redefined"; as an aside i am surprised that there was a variant edition for this and even more surprised that i apparently have both versions). A point is made of the fact that the Hulk does not roar and yell when attacked. He's stoic.
When the Hulk finally makes a sound, it's to laugh.
It's Janis who takes down the helicopter, and he allows her to hop on his back. But when Betty approaches, he says he doesn't know her.
I would have said it wasn't possible for there to be another version of the Hulk without coming up with something so out there it didn't feel like the Hulk anymore, but Peter David did it. That combined with Deodato's art has revitalized the book.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Hulk has been in Central Park, covered by the melted gunk for "nearly two days".
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Comments are now closed.
|SuperMegaMonkey home | Comics Chronology home|