When I first learned about The Totally Awesome Hulk I wasn’t too excited. I mean, how could Marvel take Hulk away from Bruce Banner? That’s what I grew up with! I suppose all things must change, though.
As I am pretty hooked into Civil War II, I am buying every title that ties into the event. So, picking up The Totally Awesome Hulk #9 was by self-imposed requirement, not a desire. I am so glad I did.
Written by Greg Pak, with pencil work by Michael Del Mundo and cover work by Terry Dodson, this book was a pleasant surprise.
We open with Amadeus Cho mourning the events of Civil War 2 issue 3. He is frustrated because he was convinced he had cured Banner and now his friend was gone.
A visit from Carol Danvers and company does nothing more than cement Cho’s anger. Yet, the 19-year-old Hulk is able to keep his emotions in check and no violence ensues.
As I do my best to keep my reviews spoiler-free, I will stop there.
Let’s talk about the writing.
Pak does an excellent job with the dialogue in this book. Frankly, it would stand on its own despite what the artwork looks like – we will get to that in a minute. The conversations between Cho and Danvers, and Cho and his sister, help to drive home the anguish and frustration he feels.
Complimenting the writing is the outstanding artwork of Michael Del Mundo. Each page felt like a piece of art that could be cut out, framed, and hung on my wall. I was completely blown away by it.
Cover work by Terry Dodson is nothing to smirk at either. Again, it’s an excellent part of this outstanding comic.
Overall there was nothing about this comic that I didn’t like. Plus, it helped to cement which side of the Civil War I fall on, #teamStark #Danversisgoingtoofar
If you are unsure whether or not you want to purchase this comic, don’t. This is an excellent read and outstanding to look at it.
Writer: Greg Pak
Pencil Work: Michael Del Mundo
Cover Art: Terry Dodson
Release date: July 27, 2016
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