You’ve got to love a comic book that you can easily pick up and follow, no matter how far in they are.
That’s what we get with Indestructible Hulk #4, a comic book featuring Bruce Banner, the scientist. First, there’s a ‘PREVIOUSLY’ page with a short paragraph summarising the happenings so far, but just to further fill in those details, thought narrations appear throughout the book. It’s done well, in a way that isn’t obstructive or redundant. Rather, it makes the book more personal, more conversational. Thank the lords of continuity.
Indestructible Hulk is set after the events of Incredible Hulk. In this issue, Banner gets a lab and assistants all to himself, with occasional stints as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent his payment. Mission statement?
Hulk breaks, Banner builds.
I feel like Marvel are really quite good at juggling the magic/science dynamic in their comic books, and the Indestructible Hulk is no exception. Take this line from Banner:
Thor calls it “enchanted.” I translate that into, “containing unfamiliar subatomic properties we can exploit.” Any ideas how?
Great writing from Mark Waid, and the art by Leinil Francis Yu is also fantastic, balancing on that line between realistic and comic book-y. Anyway, the tame science stuff is quickly blown away when S.H.I.E.L.D Director Maria Hill okays a funding requesition to explore the undersea city of Lemuria.
Sea monster antics in the Pacific Ocean?
An underwater version of the Helicarrier?
Done, done and done.
The art can be a little overwhelming in the action scenes, but the main thing you need to know is: the Hulk is back.
Rating: 8/10 – The Hulk isn’t one of my favourite characters, but this comic book is a lot of fun.
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