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Review: Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Have you ever read something and felt like you were missing a key thing? That’s what reading Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 is like. The comic, written by Greg Pak with art by Matteo Buffagni, brings together Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho. Both individuals have carried the curse of the Hulk and now they’re face-to-face. But how and why?

Those last two questions are my frustration with this comic which feels like it’s supposed to be the follow-up to however Secret Empire ends, but with a few more issues to go that natural bridge isn’t there (an issue that has plagued the last few Marvel events). Maybe it’ supposed to be tied into something else? We don’t really know and the most connected I was with the comic was the point Amadeus Cho asks the questions. The issue is, we never get any answers making this comic feel more like a throwaway one-shot than anything special.

Pak does an admirable job with what’s on the table and in the one issue we’re provided a nice overview as to what it means to be “the Hulk” through a story that’s a throwback in many ways, battle with the military and giant monsters, but not enough is explained to make it at all interesting. No time frame is given, though long time Hulk fans can probably pin it. A giant monster appears then is just generally dealt with, again, no explanation. Cho gets transported in time (we assume) without any explanation. It feels like a story that’s missing a beginning and an end. The middle though, is decent.

The art by Matteo Buffagni is good as well mixing the two characters in a way that matches each style. Each Hulk has their own look and that look extends to the comics they’re within. Cho a more lighthearted style with Banner focusing on a more serious tone. This issue feells like it splits it all. The action is good and latter on when Banner is evacuating individuals the use of pannels and framing makes it feel like a disaster film. Some action though is a bit confusing and muddled and hard to make out what’s happening.

This is a weird one that probably will make more sense in a month or two but as is it feels like a one-shot that you’re left wondering why it was released other than for a few dollars.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Matteo Buffagni
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.85 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Mech Cadet Yu #1

Mech Cadet Yu #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Takeshi Miyazawa
Connecting Subscription Variant Cover: Marcus To
Homage Variant Cover: Juan Doe
FOC Cover: Sonny Liew
Price: $3.99

Once a year, giant robots from outer space come to Earth and bond with young cadets from the elite Sky Corps Academy to defend the world from the terrifying aliens known as the Sharg. It’s a great honor to be chosen, but this year…well, the wrong kid was picked.
Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk) and Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel) team up for an action-packed adventure perfect for fans of Amadeus Cho and Pacific Rim!

Preview: Weapon X #6

Weapon X #6

(W) Greg Pak (A) Marcelo Borstelmann (CA) Skan
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION” PART FIVE!
• BATCH H is finally ready for a test drive… Its targets? Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, Domino, Warpath and the Hulk!
• With a genetic cocktail of the most powerful enhanced beings on the planet coursing through its veins, how can anyone stand a chance?!

Review: Weapon X #5

516408__SX1280_QL80_TTD_The mysterious new director of the reformed Weapon X program has assessed the data from their latest adamantium cyborg attack and the results look good… They are ready for the next stage of their plan to eradicate all of mutantkind!  Warpath and Domino follow leads into a remote part of the Midwest… but what vicious secrets will they find hidden in a sleepy gated community?

I guess it was inevitable; in every series or crossover there is going to be that one issue that brings things to a screeching halt. For me, this was that issue in this Weapons of Mutant Destruction crossover. Greg Pak doesn’t really give us anything new or exciting with this issue. We have Logan and Sabretooth chasing one lead, Warpath and Domino chasing another and Amadeus Cho linked in with all of them on comms, with Deathstrike just watching him at his side. The team does find out who it is there dealing with, but that reveal just comes across as ‘eh, ok’ with no real reaction. To be honest, the only character I was interested in was one of the scientists working for Weapon X. She had a lot more going on then our mutant heroes, and whether or not Pak meant for that, I would have liked to see more from the key players.

And I never thought I’d say this, but I miss Greg Land’s art on this book. I know people either like or hate his work, but I fall in the middle. I don’t mind his art, but I get tired of him using the same scenes or poses over and over again. But I did like his work in this book and his vision of these characters (and I was very happy there weren’t 10 panels of Domino with her tongue sticking out). But Marc Borstel has taken over art duties, and though I didn’t dislike the art, it just really made an impact on me, after being used to Land. Overall it wasn’t bad, but there are some panels with weird facial expressions and a lot of wide eyed people.

Overall, I was a little disappointed with this issue. Not big on action, and it didn’t do much to push the story forward. The focus seemed to be on a background character and though I did like that little journey, I wanted more of the key players and more story to be fleshed out. We all know that Weapon X is working on an adamantium reinforced Hulk to take on and eradicate mutants, and maybe I’m just impatient, but I really just want that to happen and see our band of clawed and bladed heroes take on the new threat.

Story: Greg Pak  Art: Marc Borstel
Story: 5.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Read (if you’re following the crossover)

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Preview: Weapon X #5

Weapon X #5

(W) Greg Pak (A) Marcelo Borstelmann (CA) Skan
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION” PART THREE!
• The mysterious new director of the reformed Weapon X program has assessed the data from their latest Adamantium cyborg attack and the results look good… They are ready for the next stage of their plan to eradicate all of mutantkind!
• Warpath and Domino follow leads into a remote part of the Midwest…but what vicious secrets will they find hidden in a sleepy gated community?

Marvel Reveals Some Marvel Legacy Creative Teams

This fall, a new day will shine on the Marvel Universe with your favorite heroes as Marvel kicks off Marvel Legacy.

Yesterday, Marvel announced the following creative teams and Legacy titles:

FALCON #1: TAKE FLIGHT! PART 1
Written by RODNEY BARNES
Art by JOHN CASSARA

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #709: RETURN TO PLANET HULK PART 1
Written by GREG PAK
Art by GREG LAND

X-MEN GOLD #13: MOJO WORLDWIDE PART 1
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM
Art by MIKE MAYHEW

X-MEN BLUE #13: MOJO WORLDWIDE PART 2
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by JORGE MOLINA

Review: W.M.D.: Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1

untitledTHE WEAPON X PROGRAM IS BACK! For years, the Weapon X Program has engineered the deadliest mutant killers on planet Earth, until they mysteriously vanished. Now, the Weapon X program is back, and it’s deadlier than ever, and it isn’t to use mutants for their lethal ends. Under the leadership of its mysterious new director, Weapon X has a new mission – ERADICATE ALL MUTANTS! And they’re starting their hunt with the most dangerous group of mutants on planet Earth – Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Lady Deathstrike, Warpath and…the Hulk?! But with an army of genetic cyborgs at their disposal, this may just be the beginning.

I didn’t know what to expect when I heard about this crossover. I’m not very familiar with Amadeus Cho’s Hulk, other then what I read of him in The Champions, and wasn’t quite sure how he would meet up and work with this group of mutants. After the events in Weapon X that set up this crossover, and seeing Hulk join them, I’m excited to see this whole thing play out. Weapon X has just been ‘okay’ to me; nothing really exceptional was happening, except for the mystery of the new Weapon X program and how they now seem aimed at destroying mutants. And I have to say that I’m impressed with Greg Pak‘s opening issue into this story. I really like his handling of the characters, some allies and some enemies, working together to end a mutual threat. There is some fun banter back and forth, quips and sarcastic comments made between some of the reluctant allies and some moments that really let you see the person behind these would be heroes. I won’t reveal who it is running Weapon X now (but those reading Weapon X will know) and I love the hypocrisy of this persons methods to see their ultimate goal fulfilled. It’s a fitting character to be leading this new department and I can’t wait to see them come face to face with our band of heroes.

I am also liking the art that is being shown in this story. Mahmud Asrar does a really good job of showing us just how different this band of mutants are, by giving each their own distinct look and personality. And the action scenes, though few in this opening issue, really give each character a moment to shine. Even the opening scenes revealing the villains base of operations really set the tone of the Weapon X facility, thanks to Asrar and colorist Nolan Woodard. There is a dark feel to every panel, when it isn’t necessarily a dark scene, and I think it fits very well into this story and the characters at play here.

Overall, I really enjoyed the start of this crossover. These characters are being shown exactly how I would expect them to after being put into a group situation and the threat is very real for all involved, and mutants worldwide. I know, some may think ‘oh yeah, another worldwide disaster for mutants’ but this one isn’t some green poison cloud or a fiery cosmic bird; this is something more close to home. Weapon X is back in a deadly way but they’re about to meet up with some equally deadly mutants who aren’t very happy with what they’ve been up to. And I will definitely be along for the ride to see how it all comes to an end.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Mahmud Asrar Colors: Nolan Woodard
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1

Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1

(W) Greg Pak (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Pasqual Ferry
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $4.99

THE WEAPON X PROGRAM IS BACK!
For years, the Weapon X Program has engineered the deadliest mutant killers on planet Earth, until they mysteriously vanished. Now, the Weapon X program is back, and it’s deadlier than ever, and it isn’t to use mutants for their lethal ends. Under the leadership of its mysterious new director, Weapon X has a new mission – ERADICATE ALL MUTANTS! And they’re starting their hunt with the most dangerous group of mutants on planet Earth – Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Lady Deathstrike, Warpath and…the Hulk?!
But with an army of genetic cyborgs at their disposal, this may just be the beginning…

Preview: Weapon X #4

Weapon X #4

(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Greg Land
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Prelude to WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION!
• Logan, Sabretooth and Domino have unraveled the plot against them, but is it too late for Warpath and Lady Deathstrike?
• The explosive conclusion that leads directly into “Weapons of Mutant Destruction”!
• Guest-starring: The Totally Awesome Hulk!

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