Monday, February 14, 2011

Hulk #29

Writer:  Jeff Parker
Artist:  Gabriel Hardman

After defeating the Intelligensia, Bruce Banner discovers that M.O.D.O.K. set off the "Scorched Earth" procedure.  Rick (A-Bomb) Jones ended up on Monster Island and fell under M.O.D.O.K.'s control.  Thunderbolt (Red Hulk) Ross went to rescue Rick and stop the villain's plan.  He freed Rick but reverted back to being Ross.  This issue begins with the other monsters on the island attacking them.

Hulk #29 shows how Bruce (Hulk) Banner comes to the rescue.  The three heroes take on the monsters, fight their way across the island, and end the threat of M.O.D.O.K.  Or do they?  A surprise happens at the end that puts things in a different light.

Parker has crafted another great Hulk story.  Banner's confession to Ross is great.  "Scorched Earth" was the perfect transition from the Jeff Loeb era to Parker's.  He has captured the personalities of all of the characters.  After this storyline, Parker has said that he will be building a new rogues gallery for the Red Hulk.  If the stories are as good as this one, we are in for a classic series.

I had the pleasure of meeting Gabe Hardman last year at the Super Show in Allentown (thanks Comic Geek Speak crew).  He was fantastic.  His sketches are very good.  If you get the chance to see him this convention season, do it.  But if you want a sketch put in your request early.  His mix of modern art with an almost pulp like feel is an ideal mix for this title.

The team was firing on all cylinders this month.  Highly recommended.  One of the best books on the market today.

4 out of 5 stars.

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