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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Reader's Diary #1252: Greg Pak (Writer), Various Artists: Planet Hulk (Collected)

I've tried over the past couple of years to get into Hulk comics but have made some poor choices, leaving me wondering if the character is ever going to be for me. However, I also had heard enough about Planet Hulk and World War Hulk to know that they're fan favourites and that I really should give those two a chance before making up my mind.

Finally, I can see the appeal.

Planet Hulk has some great storytelling. Yes, the Hulk is a brutal fighter there's a lot of smashing, but there are larger themes about acceptance and self-acceptance above the violence that I quite enjoyed. Plus the heavy sci-fi setting was quite well done and intricately plotted. I especially enjoyed the insectivoid aliens (it's always bugged me when aliens are all humanoid).

It wasn't perfect. The Hulk is ridiculously overpowered in a couple of scenes-- he can shift tectonic plates? Come on. I also could have used a bit more Banner, as that Jeckyll and Hyde angle always appealed to me. But he does make a couple of appearances, and one intimate moment is more powerful because of it.

The art, while not my cup of tea (again, a bit generic for superheroes), is however, surprisingly consistent even though there was an insane number of artists involved.

Overall, I did enjoy it and look forward to tackling World War Hulk in the near future.

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