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Subj: Re: Deadly Green Mist and Seeing Red (Hulk and Iron Fist) [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 04:52:26 pm EST
Reply Subj: Deadly Green Mist and Seeing Red (Hulk and Iron Fist) [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 01:08:27 pm EST
> Green Mist of Death was another fun read. While not as great as the Annual, this tale of Orson constantly escaping the pursuit of John Aman has several entertaining adventures. I think the artistic inconsistency hurt this book. I really didn't care for the art in the "Cowgirls from Hell" segment. The Frankenstein section was probably my favorite. Although this can be read as a stand alone book it does have several ties into the current 7 Cities storyline as we learn more about the orgins of the Rand fortune and the corruption in K'un Lun and the other cities.
While I agree that changing artists with very different styles throughout the course of a story is jarring, it didn't bother me so much here. Probably because each artist came in at a different chapter, and of course, each chapter was was several years after the last. For me, the introduction of Aman in Iron Fist had a dull thud affect on me. I was expecting a bigger revelation, or a surprise, and then got this guy I never remembered seeing before. So the one-shot helped to bring some light to who Aman is and what his place in the IF history is as well. It seems whenever Iron Fist hits a chapter in the story that doesn't appeal so much to me, either the next chapter or the one shot or the annual add something to the overall story that makes me appreciate the whole all the more.
> I bought the first two issues of Hulk. I know there was a thread down the board about it but it's almost gone. I enjoyed the first two issue, particularly the mystery of just who/what the Red Hulk is. The second issue had some silly moments that seemed a bit inane. Yet another Helicarrier crash? Iron Man screaming "Oh the Humanity! I half expected to see Barney from the Simpsons show up as the SHIELD pilot and Kent Brockman bellowing that line along with Stark.
> Still, I like McGuinness' art and the mystery makes the first couple issues work. It has a kind of monster movie feel to it.
> The mystery will sustain my interest but I think this title might struggle once it gets to the point in which Red Hulk has to face foes who can challenge him.
I think that your last paragraph says it all. The new Hulk title is propelled on intrigue. Will it lose luster if Marvel starts answering questions and having the red Hulk become more prominent in this title? This title is truly dependent on it's supporting cast to make it work. So far, it's been good. I think what makes it good is trying to put the mystery together. But once the mystery is resolved where is this title going to be? It feels as if it has a shelf life. If not that, then the opposite - stringing along readers so as to prolong the story. So to me, that means that this series would have been better off as a mini, or a maxi, or just left to be told in the pages of Incredible Hulk. MARVEL STOP MAKING NEW NUMBER ONE RELAUNCHES!!!!
I couldn't agree more about the "Oh, the humanity" remark from Iron Man. What is he, channelling Bugs Bunny now?
I'm sticking with the theory that multiple people have become an aspect of the Hulk's personality. Green Hulk still inside Banner - Red Hulk is one of calculating rage - maybe there's another red Hulk - Rick Jones became A-Bomb - perhaps people at ground zero of the conclusion of WWH are suspects as to who is Hulking out? Tough to say. I do think that Samson is only one possible Hulk, or not at all - possibly a red herring.