Indestructible Hulk #3 Review – Meet R.O.B. Everybody!

I've never been a fan of the Hulk. Has Mark Waid changed my mind?

I’ll come clean up front…I’ve never been a fan of the Hulk. There I said it.

Maybe I should clarify and say that I’ve never been a fan of the Hulk in practice.  That is to say, I’ve never been able to maintain interest in an ongoing Hulk series.  I mean, I’ve tried.  Seriously, I have.  I like the concept of the Hulk, I like the Hulk in movies and cartoons (I still guffaw when I think of the infamous “Puny God.” Scene in Avengers).  But, the comics – well, they’ve just never done it for me.

And then Marvel NOW!

You ask me what about Marvel NOW! brought my attention to the big green guy?  Well, five words actually.  Five words in one of Marvel’s teasers caught my eye – Mark Waid and Leinil Yu.  The way I figured, if Mark Waid – he of Daredevil fame and the man I would argue wrote one of the most perfectly crafted 12 issue arcs in all of comics with his reboot of the Legion of Superheroes – if that guy couldn’t put a spin on the Hulk that got my attention?  Well, odds were that it was never going to happen.  And Leinil Yu was simply icing on the cake.

And you know what, Mr. Waid pulled it off.  I’m hooked and thus, here we are at Indestructible Hulk #3.

So, a quick recap for those of you who haven’t read the series to this point.  Bruce Banner has finally come to terms with the distinct possibility that he cannot, at present time at least, rid himself of the Hulk.  Moreover, he’s wasted his Tony Stark-Reed Richards-T’Challa level intellect for YEARS trying to do just that.  So to make a long story short, Banner approaches SHIELD and says “Listen, guys, you give me a lab and some world class geeks and I’ll have you rolling in cool, world changing stuff.  And as an added bonus, when I Hulk out you just point me at the bad guys like a great big green WMD, then come in and get me once the clean-up starts.  It’s a win-win.”  SHIELD eventually says “A-Ok” with a few caveats and our series is off.

Issue #3 picks up with Mariah Hill finishing up the interviews for Banner’s geek squad, which seems to be a pretty eclectic bunch to say the least.  Meanwhile, SHIELD agents elsewhere are setting the Hulk loose on AIM compound through a pretty clever bait and switch.  The proceeding pages are filled with panel to panel wanton destruction as the Hulk clears the AIM facility.  The opening represents a great setup for things to come as each of prospective character for Banner’s lab team is given just enough space and eccentricity to intrigue the reader.  Be it the mad scientistish type, the ones who want to learn from Banner, or the one who seems to have a potential Hulk fetish – it should be an interesting mix.

But, thanks in no small part to the art of Leinil Yu and the coloring Sunny Cho, it’s the Hulk pages that really shine.  I’m going out on a limb and saying right now that no one has ever the drawn the Hulk better than Leinil Yu is right now.  Yu’s Hulk is dynamic and appears astonishingly powerful.  Moreover, this Hulk looks positively menacing, his face often a growl draped in shadow with sinew, vein, and muscle seemingly ready to burst.   I feel like one thing that artists and writers often overlook is the devastating speed the Hulk is capable of.  Yu plays with perspective and blurs and muddles his usually tight lines to give a sense of acceleration and burst in the Hulks movements.  And, of course, Yu’s pencils are perfectly accentuated by the palette Sunny Cho has put together for the series.  This is the most powerful creature on Earth and the physics behind his movement should be terrifying and awesome to behold.  Yu makes that so.  Hulk is a force of nature – here we believe that.

Hulk Smash…

So far, for me, the books only downside is Banner himself who was engaging in his appearance in the first issue but ever since seems fairly unlikable.  Perhaps he doesn’t need to be.  We’ll see.

On a final note, this issue had the funniest final page of the week in my opinion with the introduction of “R.O.B” SHIELD’s “Recording Observation Bot”.  Banner wasn’t particularly pleased with good ol’ R.O.B. and apparently neither is the Hulk.  The last two panels literally made me laugh out loud.

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Keith is a life long gamer, movie buff, occasional harmonica player, and, most importantly, a comics nerd. Like all the best nerds, Keith is a child of the 80's and 90's and an often loud and vocal advocate of the cartoons of that era (seriously, though, they are unquestionably the best cartoons EVER). He currently resides in New York City with his lovely, if often exasperated wife, Rachel and their two cats, Ollie and Juno.

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