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9 May 2012


By David Lee Andrews   Posted at  10:00   MARVEL

Death, be not proud. It's like a T-shirt made from the Turin Shroud. The Hulk does agree. Bruce Banner watches Glee. And Doctor Doom is very-very loud. Though he isn't as loud as these guys. Writer: Jason Aaron; Artist: Whilce Portacio; and Publisher: Marvel Comics in May 2012. Because they are just nuts.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Although technically speaking last issue was the final instalment of 'Hulk verses Banner'. This issue is an epilogue of sorts, dusting off Banners dead remains from the Hulks irradiated body, thus giving the impression of emotion and fret. Plus a much needed dry cleaning of course.

Well, what can I say; Bruce's death has affected everyone really. Igor is randy. Amanda is curious about the nuclear fallout. Bruce's beast's morn their master's passing. And Hulk? How can you describe Hulks emotional state?

Distraught for seeing Banner die in front of his very eyes. Angry with Doctor Doom for the way Bruce behaved after their split. Plus mournful for someone who he can still feel deep within his heart.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Most of Hulks inner dialogue was very moving all in all. But what I was particularly fond of was this piece of prose...

'As the fire rips through him and he turns into jelly in my hands... I begin to feel all of my own anger burning out of me. And slowly being replaced by something else. In that last split second, I close my eyes, so I do not have to look at him. And in the roar or the fire I whisper "I am sorry"'.

The words 'jelly' and 'roar' are very descriptive in this passage. Poetic even.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
The melancholy and 'aftertaste' flavor of this book is something that is very compelling and 'moorish' to follow. There is no story to this story. Instead, it's just a collection of emotions channeled thought a singular narrative, all relating to poor dead irradiated Bruce.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
The fight between Hulk and Doctor Doom didn't come across too well for me in its execution. Granted, I understood that the Hulk has just walked away from a nuclear explosion, and that he is coping with how Bruce died in his arms. But I still feel that he could have smashed that hood-wearing prick into pate no problem.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: For me, the best scene in this book, as mentioned previously, was the scene in which Banner dies in Hulks arms. The way that this was depicted both artistically and rhythmically just blew me away. I found it to be very moving and appropriate for a 'finale'.

ART: Whilce's artwork on this issue was very expressive throughout. OK, as you may already know, I have never been too keen on his 'action stuff' myself, because it does come across too rushed at times. Though I have to say that the way he illustrated his character emotions and body mannerisms in this issue, this is not that case at all. Very method actor.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
HULK: Oh! Go on! Wouldn't it be just great to see Lou Ferrigno take another crack at the jolly green giant again? Maybe this choice is because I am feeling somewhat nostalgic after reading this tale. Nevertheless, my position stands. For this story. 

BANNER: One time Doctor Who, David Tennant, would play a great 'crazy' Bruce Banner if he could master the American accent. Possible.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Do You Like Jelly? Hulk Does. Bruce Is. And Amanda May Need Some For The Rest Of Her Evening. Think about it.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Would it be slightly sardonic of me to say that this story reminded me of the Fray song 'How To Save A Life'? Most probably. But still, they do share a very strange and similar despondent spirit.

FINAL thoughts...
Bruce is not dead. He is mealy resting in Hulks body for a couple of month. Maybe.

You see, although I did enjoy reading the way that Bruce turned to taffy, and how Hulk looked like he needs counselling. Deep down I am nigh on positive that Bruce has merged back into the Hulk again, making them 'as one' once more.

Read the words again. It sounds very plausible.

MARKS out of 10? 9

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