Thursday, January 28, 2016
Reader's Diary #1252: Greg Pak (Writer), Various Artists: Planet Hulk (Collected)
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.