Banner dies, Hulk lives on
Bruce Banner is dead. The Hulk is free to live his life the way he’s always wanted. He travels the globe looking for adventure and purpose, but still finds himself lacking something. As he sits down to relax and think things out, a woman from Banner’s past comes knocking – hard.
This was my first issue of this series and my first issue of The Incredible Hulk in general. I admit that I was tempted to buy this after seeing The Avengers movie and seeing how awesome he was on the big screen. After reading Jason Aaron’s take I’m pleased to say that I’m now a Hulk fan.
Aaron’s point one issue this month was just so damned fun that I found myself smiling each time I saw the Hulk living his life the fullest. I’m pleased to see that he’s made the monster grow into his own individual person with his own ideas of what he wants out of life. There are some great scenes and a reoccurring gag where he’s cooking different animals over a campfire that really made me giggle.
I also really enjoyed Jefte Palo’s pencil work on this book. Paired with Frank Martin Jr.’s coloring it really feels like a hard-hitting but animated version of the big green guy. I’m also kind of fond of Hulk’s new bald look, which paired with his new life situation fits the rebirth that he’s gone through.
If you saw The Avengers and cheered every time Hulk smashed the environments or the baddies, this is a book that you’ll really enjoy. I’m eagerly awaiting the next issue, which teases a team-up with The Punisher.