HULK #48

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[ HULK HALF-PRICE
It's nice to see a family unite. Especially while it's during a fight. Look at Ross and his daughter - they just love a grand slaughter - involving a shark that's peculiarly white. Or else just read this tale Written by Jeff Parker; Drawn by Elena Casagrande; and Published by Marvel Comics in February 2012.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In part two of 'Red Sky At Morning', we see the continuing battle between Rulk and Machine Man, against, Zero / One, Black Fog, and a shed load of sea monsters upon a frosty island. 

Though I am afraid to say that this fight is very one sided to begin with. Machine man is kicked into touch by some sea monsters, and Rulk is stabbed and slashed by Black Fog and some other sea monsters too.

However, with a little help from Betty (Red She-Hulk) Ross, and Zero / One's reluctant assistant, Jacob, I am more than happy to say that the 'good guys' eventually get the upper hand in this debacle. Going so far that Black Fog even manages to punish Zero / One for her treatment of him during his 'alterations' - before p*ssing off.

Oh! Just as Zero / One and Jacob p*sses off when the seeming victors have them in their clutches.

But wait a sec? Why is Betty Ross suddenly de-powered after this event?

To be continued... 

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I liked Jacob's despondent line when he only saw Rulk and Machine Man show up for this battle - 'I'm never going to be free of this nightmare'. It is a saying that I feel most people can relate to.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I liked the introductory sequence of this story the best - because it gave Jacob a nice personable back-story to his affiliations and motivations for allying himself with Zero / One, just prior to her being a soulless machine maiden.

Moreover, I did like the dynamics between Rulk, Machine Man, Betty, and little miss-wind-up also, ha! Very inadvertent family.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
The formulaic structure of the battle was the only yawn-some part of this tale overall. Just the way that it dipped and then got better, in that very play it by the numbers sort of a way.

This is just a small gripe though.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: I found that the little incites into Zero / One's back-story and the attitude of Red-She Hulk was a nice layer of characterization. Also, I have to say that the general idea behind Jacob wanting to get himself out of the situation he is in, is an interesting concept to see explored. That of the reluctant henchman.   

ART: I had no cause to gripe at Elena Casagrande's art in this issue - as it was bold and very well executed. Though I did not really go for the pastel pallet used all that much - very diluted. 

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
BLACK FOG: Is it just me, or doesn't this scary looking transformed killer look like Iggy Pop to you? Maybe if Black Fog sang a bit, this would help?

JACOB: I feel that King Kong / Lord of the Rings actor, Andy Serkis, would make for a very good reluctant stooge, pinning for his frosty boss.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
CRUNCH - GRAB - CLICK - AND PLOP - Are just some of the sound effect you will hear in this SMASH-HIT!

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Conceptually, this is a story about someone who wants to get out of his job, right? So why not compare it to something like 'Office Space'? Just a more violent version.




FINAL thoughts...
I hope that the team of Father and Daughter Ross, plus their machine malleable aides, stays on this book for some time to come. Well, this type of dynamic can make this series into something more than a title for rejected Hulks, huh?

MARKS out of 10? 8