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Retro Review: The Incredible Hulk #404

incredible_hulk_vol_1_404Another dollar bin find a couple of weeks ago, I picked up this comic purely because of the cover. I’ve always been partial to the Juggernaut, so the thought of seeing him with the Hulk smashing some stuff around seemed too good to pass up for the lowly price of $1 (for those curious, the cover price was $1.25 when it was released in April 1993).

Written by Peter David, with pencils by Gary Frank, and inks by Cam Smith and colours by Glynis OliverThe Incredible Hulk #404 was a great read for the price I paid for it. The story picks up with the Hulk seemingly under some form of mind control as he attacks the Avengers (most of whom I don’t recognize) at the Juggernaut’s behest.

The issue takes place at some point in the middle of an arc, which meant that while I had no idea how or why things had evolved to the point they were at, but the nature of the comic – and the fight with – meant that I could enjoy it all the same. There’s also a subplot with Betty Banner, Doc Samson and (I presume) Rick Jones, but it didn’t really make a whole lot of sense to me – probably because I haven’t read any of the previous issues.

Artistically, I was a fan. This sort of style is how I remembered comics being when I fist started getting into them (ironic seeing as how it’s from the same era, eh?), so there was a nice throwback for me personally there, but your mileage may vary.

Overall, this issue hasn’t aged too badly; it probably wasn’t a great story when it was initially released, and while it still isn’t great, it was enjoyable.

Story: Peter David Pencils: Gary Frank Inks: Cam Smith Colours: Glynis Oliver
Story: 6.5 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Avengers #1.MU

Avengers #1.MU

(W) Jim Zub (A) Sean Izaakse (CA) David Nakayama
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 25, 2017
SRP: $4.99

A MONSTERS UNLEASHED TIE-IN!

A seemingly straightforward mission for Spider-Man takes an unexpected turn when Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are caught off-guard by a monstrous invasion from the sky. An all-star lineup of Avengers battling behemoths in this over-sized spectacular that’s a perfect jumping-on point for new readers and old.

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Preview: Avengers #3.1

Avengers #3.1

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Barry Kitson
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Labeled “The Mighty Pretenders” by an unforgiving public, Captain America redoubles his efforts to revive the Avengers’ reputation – only to face an unbeatable foe.

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Retro Friday Review: The Avengers #256

avengers_vol_1_256The Olympian Apollo visits Avengers Mansion, bringing Hercules a new costume to replace his previous garb, shredded in battle. Then, at the team’s regular meeting, the Wasp is reinstated as chairman and the Black Knight officially rejoins the roster. The team is then summoned to the site of a South Atlantic shipwreck, where they learn of a monstrous extraterrestrial menace called Terminus. Following the mystery being’s trail, they rescue the staff of a wrecked Antarctic research station and deduce that their quarry has entered the hidden primeval jungle known as the Savage Land, where, at that very moment, the giant alien menaces a party of researchers and their guide, Ka-Zar.

Released in 1985, Avengers #256 was 65 cents worth of… parliamentary procedure. Kicking off a new “era” for the team the issue mainly revolves around where the team will go from here. It would seem the Vision went a bit nuts and took off with Wanda quitting the team and that means there needs to be new leadership and that winds up being… the Wasp!

There’s so much wrong in this issue, it’s actually hard to figure out where to start and it’s almost comical in a way.

But, lets start with the Wasp because so much of the issue revolves around her. Janet is depicted in full 80s jazzercise (with ass cheeks hanging out) as she flirts with what seems like every member on the team. She comes on to the Black Knight who doesn’t know she’s now divorced from Hank Pym and then later hits on Hercules… it’s weird. It’s uncomfortable. It also shows how far the industry has come from 32 years ago. Hercules doesn’t help matters actually questioning her ability because she’s a woman is the vibe I got, and goes along with her being elected team leader just because everyone else is going along with it. Again… sigh.

mu_herc3And speaking of Hercules, he gets a new costume provided by Apollo and channels He-Man in a style that’s reminiscent of the character that was popular at the time. The costume is a familiar one designed by the legendary John Buscema, but boy does it look like a certain cartoon character as you can see to the right.

So, outdated gender roles? Check. Weird costumes that make no sense? Check. A lot more dialogue than today’s comics? Check.

Still, the issue is an entertaining one that’s generally devoid of action instead setting up a mystery that eventually leads to Terminus, the villain of the next story arc. In other words, this is actually a really good jumping on point!

Written by Roger Stern with the return of Buscema and Tom Palmer on art, the issue also debuts a new logo inspired by fan Steve Bove. It’s a fun snapshot of the time for its good and the bad.

Story: Roger Stern Art: John Buscema and Tom Palmer Letter: Jim Novak Color: Christie Scheele
Story: 7.7 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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DeadpoolIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments!

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup!

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The Beat – A year of free comics: Nilah Magruder’s M.F.K – As long as they post, we’ll promote.

Kotaku – Attack On Titan Editor Arrested For Allegedly Murdering His Wife – Just no words.

CBR – Deadpool Nominated For Producers Guild of America Award – Mazel Tov!

Angry Asian Man – Marvel’s Most Epic Asian American Superhero Team-Up Ever  – Whos’ excited?

 

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Talking Comics – Avengers #3

CGMagOnline – Bushido: The Soul of the Samurai

ICv2 – Mandrake the Magician: Dailies Vol. 1 – The Cobra

 

Preview: Avengers #3

Avengers #3

(W) Mark Waid (A) Mike Del Mundo (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Kang War Three ends in a most unexpected manner! The Firewall of Time has been shattered – and now the Avengers are faced with the dangers it held back!

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Preview: Avengers #2.1

Avengers #2.1

(W) Mark Waid (A) Mark Farmer (A/CA) Barry Kitson
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 21, 2016
SRP: $3.99

More on the Secret History of the Avengers! A stranger has come to New York – and the Avengers may have to draft a new member to help them defeat him!

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the_unworthy_thor__2The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will everyone be doing? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – Kate McKinnon to star in graphic novel adaptation The Lunch Witch – Very interesting.

Newsarama – LINE WEBTOON Creators Earning $100k A Month From Patreon – Wow, that’s impressive!

The Beat – The story of Karl Kesel and Art Adams’ long missing Challengers of the Unkown Art – Some interesting comic history.

 

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Talking Comics – Avengers #2

Talking Comics – Batman Annual #1

Newsarama – Midnighter and Apollo #3

Comic Attack – Motor Crush #1

ICv2 – One Week in the Library

Newsarama – The Unworthy Thor #2

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glitterbomb04a_coverIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below.

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ICv2 – Last Gasp Distribution Shutting Down – Fewer distributors isn’t a good thing.

Kotaku – The fifth episode of Telltale’s Batman, “City of Light,” will be available on all platforms December – How are folks liking this one?

The Beat – The Kamandi Challenge Special Edition #1 to include the never published stories from Kamandi #60-61 – This is pretty cool!

Kotaku – Sony Just Announced Project Field, A New Way To Play Card Games – This could be interesting.

CBR – Arrowverse Crossover Propels The CW to Its Most-Watched Week In 6 Years – Not too shocked on that!

 

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Newsarama – Avengers #2

Newsarama – Batman #12

Newsarama – The Clone Conspiracy #3

ICv2 – The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

Newsarama – Glitterbomb #4

Atomic Junk Shop – Motor Crush #1

Newsarama – Motor Crush #1

Newsarama – Nova #1

Comic Vine – Nova #1

Comic Attack – Start Again #1

Preview: Avengers #2

Avengers #2

(W) Mark Waid (A) Mike Del Mundo (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 07, 2016
SRP: $3.99

KANG WAR TWO! The Vision is hell-bent on revenge against Kang and if the Avengers can’t hold the synthezoid back, all of history is in jeopardy!

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