I really love what Mark Waid seem to be doing right now, because it is the polar opposite of his most successful independent title before he came back to Marvel. Irredeemable was a series focused on a Superman pastiche who had let humanity’s ugliness slowly and irremediably turn him into the most dangerous psychopath with super powers. It was an unapologetic work of deconstruction. But now that he is working for Marvel, I’d say Waid’s doing great works of reconstruction. His Daredevil is a delight to read and this new Hulk title is looking good right from the start.
Bruce Banner has accepted that he is incurable and that the Hulk is more like a chronic condition one doesn’t fight, but manages. As such, he comes to newly appointed Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill with a very interesting proposition: If the United States’ government is willing to give him access to unlimited resources to allow him to put his genius to work for the good of humanity, the next ‘‘accidents’’ Banner has will be used on ‘‘suitable targets’’. That’s right: After toys for guns, we now have Hulk for science.
Leinil Francis Yu brings is A game to this first issue and makes me want to see more of what he can do with Hulk. There’s movement in ever action panel and his Bruce Banner fits the relaxed and confident guy Waid is trying to portray. Sunny Go’s colors sometimes clash with Yu’s line work and that’s unfortunate. I did say sometimes, though. The rest of the time the colors help the art’s fluidity and tone. Something between Breaking Bad and the baddest Hulk comic you’ve ever read.
Indestructible Hulk feels like the perfect place to jump in and get a taste of the green Goliath.