By Jeph Loeb (writer), Ed McGuinness (art), Dexter Vines (inks), Jason Keith (colors)
Okay, despite Tony Stark acting like a complete idiot, Hulk #2 delivers a lot of fun. Maybe I just expected too much from Jeph Loeb. I mean, the guy’s responsible for writing some of the most best and cerebral superhero stories out there. Of course, it doesn’t help make things better after the amazing things Greg Pak has done on The Incredible Hulk book. But, I finally get what Loeb’s trying to do now: This is his monster book.
It’s definitely not the regular Hulk we’re used to – this one’s cold, murderous, and devious. The obvious answer as to who he is takes a twist, and to be honest, I have no idea who he could possibly be now. Maybe Doc Savage? This is the only plot thread worth caring about and after it runs its course, I wonder what’ll be left, substance wise.
But going back to what I originally said, this is a monster book. Even the forth coming title we’re given for the next issue (“Creatures on the Loose”) clearly hints that we’re about to see some Silver Age inspired action. And that’s not a bad thing.
Loeb has clearly written this book with Ed McGuinness’ talent in mind. While the story still isn’t very good, the art will completely blow you away. There are no less than three double-page splashes – each one completely worthy and grand in scale. Art collectors will be drooling over the page where Hulk slams a fighter jet down on old Shell Head.
As much as I’m not caring for the story, I am looking forward to the big slugfest coming next issue. Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines just make it so much fun. I completely give them all the credit for making this series somewhat bearable. (Grade: C+)
– J. Montes