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Preview: Hulk #1

Hulk #1

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 24, 2021
SRP: $4.99

“MAD SCIENTIST” PART 1 OF 6
The uncontrollable rage of the Hulk has reached an all-new level, and nobody – including the Avengers – is prepared to handle it. But is it really the Hulk that people should be afraid of, or is there something missing to this puzzle? Join the superstar creative team of Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley as they look to the stars for the next era of HULK!

Hulk #1

Review: Hulk #1

Hulk #1

After a long run that took the Hulk to interesting places and put him in intriguing situations, a new volume is here with Hulk #1! With a brand-new creative team, this is a start that jettisons that character in a direction that’s unexpected. Through the issue the reality of this new status-quo is peeled back and the result is a little mixed.

Written by Donny Cates, hot off his run on Venom, Hulk #1 delivers an interesting opening in concept. With a group of heroes gather, Doctor Strange discusses the current state of the Hulk. His explanation is almost chapter like with each explored as Cates delivers bit by bit to give us the big picture of where things stand. And, that’s a lot of status-quo changing.

When the Hulk is often depicted, we get a Bruce Banner who is scared to unleash what’s inside. The Hulk represents the repressed anger and abuse he’s faced through the years. That’s a very simplified take but it’s been Bruce that has been “captured” inside when the Hulk shows up. The Green Goliath being the dominant personality we should fear getting out.

But, Cates throws out the theory that this might not be true.

SPOILERS

What Cates proposes is that it’s not the Hulk the world should fear but Bruce Banner himself. That Bruce is the one unhinged and with his intellect there’s no telling what he can do and what he can unleash. That in a way, the Hulk is protecting the world from Banner, not the other way around.

It’s an interesting twist on the dynamic and how Cates presents it all is thought-out and rather intriguing. There’s something that feels new and different about it. But, there’s also something that feels like we’ve seen this before. How it’s presented there’s a sniff of Wolverine/Weapon X within, with slight twists to that concept. But, it’s something that’s a little familiar in ways.

END SPOILERS

Ryan Ottley joins Cates on this adventure. His pencils feature color by Frank Martin and lettering by Cory Petit. The results feel a bit mixed for me. There’s moments that are just nailed as we see the Hulk’s latest incarnation. But, there’s also a lot that comes off as comical. Ottley has an exaggerated style and many will know his over-the-top depictions from the series Invincible. Where the comic goes slightly off is Ottley’s depiction of Banner himself. We see a man getting more and more disconnected and “mad”. The way it’s shown isn’t so much scary and twisted as it is funny. It’s more Homer Simpsons “Go crazy. Don’t mind if I do” than disturbing. And that’s generally Ottley’s style. If the comic is meant to be more wild sci-fi ride, then it’ll work and work well. If it’s meant to be more sci-fi horror, then it doesn’t quite connect. With the debut issue, I’m just not sure which it’s supposed to be.

There’s a lot of potential in Hulk #1. It definitely feels like a flip on the script we’ve seen so many times before. The debut introduces some interesting concepts that could absolutely bear fruit. But, as presented, there’s something almost comical about it all. The combo of the writing and art doesn’t hit so much as sci-fi horror as much as it does sci-fi comedy with hints of horror. Whether that’s intentional, I can’t tell. But, for now, this is a series I’m waiting to see where it goes from here.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ryan Ottley
Color: Frank Martin Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Thor #19

Thor #19

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Nic Klein
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“GOD OF HAMMERS” STARTS HERE!
Mjolnir has gone missing! And nobody, not even the powerful eyes of Lady Sif, is able to locate it. So Thor must turn to the last person he wants help from – Odin. For until the hammer is found, nobody in the realms is safe! Artist Nic Klein is back for the twists and turns not even the All-Father is ready for!

Thor #19

Preview: Hulk #1

Hulk #1

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 24, 2021
SRP: $4.99

“MAD SCIENTIST” PART 1 OF 6
The uncontrollable rage of the Hulk has reached an all-new level, and nobody – including the Avengers – is prepared to handle it. But is it really the Hulk that people should be afraid of, or is there something missing to this puzzle? Join the superstar creative team of Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley as they look to the stars for the next era of HULK!

Hulk #1

The Hulk’s Rage is Unleashed in the Hulk #1 Trailer!

IMMORTAL NO MORE! Later this month, the Hulk returns in an all-new ongoing series by acclaimed writer Donny Cates, known for his revolutionary work on Venom and Thor, and superstar artist Ryan Ottley of Amazing Spider-Man and Invincible! This unstoppable team of some of the industry’s greatest talent are ready to bring readers a bold new Hulk saga that begins when Bruce Banner discovers a radical way to control the monster within. Could this mark the final end of the Green Goliath? Or will the extreme solution create something new—with massive consequences? Prepare to dive deep into the very core of Hulk’s rage in this thrilling epic that will explore this iconic character’s incredible—and destructive—legacy in a way no one has dared to before. Get your first look at this explosive era in the all-new Hulk #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork!

Be there for Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley’s reinvention of the Hulk when Hulk #1 hits stands on November 24!

Redneck Returns in November with a Jaw Dropping Twist

The very final arc of Redneck begins in November… and no one is prepared for what’s going to happen.

Image Comics and Skybound have revealed a first look inside the hotly-anticipated Redneck #31, marking the series return from the superstar creative team of writer Donny Cates, artist Lisandro Estherren, and colorist Dee Cunniffe

In Redneck #31, war is coming to the Bowmans, and with it comes death and destruction! Some will live, many will die!

Redneck #31 (Diamond Code SEP210066) will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play on Wednesday, November 24.

Mjolnir Rampages the Ten Realms in Donny Cates and Nic Klein’s “God of Hammers”

The God of Hammers is about to be unleashed! Next month, Donny Cates continues his action-packed Asgardian saga with a brand-new story, and artist Nic Klein is back for twists and turns that not even the All-Father can possibly be ready for in Thor!

The story will provide payoffs to a plot that’s been building up since the very beginning of Cates and Klein’s run—the secret legacy of Thor’s mighty weapon Mjolnir! Mjolnir, the powerful Uru hammer that Thor has wielded in battle for centuries, has gone missing! And nobody, not even the all-seeing Lady Sif, is able to locate it. So Thor must turn to the last person he wants help from: Odin. For until the hammer is found, nobody is safe! 

Making his return as series artist, Klein will also make his debut as the series’ new main cover artist. In addition, the issue will have variant covers by superstar artists Gary Frank and Mahmud Asrar as well as Ema Lupacchino’s Infinity Saga Variant Cover. Check out all four covers now plus the newly revealed cover of January’s Thor #21, Part 3 of “God of Hammers.” Be there when the fatal prophecy of the God of Hammers begins in Thor #19 on November 17! 

Preview: Thor #17

Thor #17

(W) Donny Cates (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Olivier Coipel
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE EPIC FINALE OF “REVELATIONS”!
Thor, ruler of Asgard, can now focus on just that – ruling! But with power comes truth, and Thor will learn that being king isn’t so simple. When havoc on Midgard begins, Mjolnir seems to have vanished under the Avengers’ watch. And Thor must learn more than one truth this day. The shocking conclusion of “Revelations” that no one will see coming is here!

Thor #17

Review: Babyteeth #20

Babyteeth #20 wraps up the series but is it in a satisfying way?

Story: Donny Cates
Art: Garry Brown
Color: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

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Preview: Thor #16

Thor #16

(W) Donny Cates (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Olivier Coipel
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 25, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“REVELATIONS” PART 2 OF 3!
Thor has only known two things, being a warrior and weilding a hammer. But he is realizing that in order to be the best ruler of Asgard that he can be, he must give up those two things. Who is Thor without them? And hostilities between Thor and Odin reach a boiling point as “Revelations” continues to uproot Thor’s entire world!

Thor #16
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