Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Andrea Divito
Publisher: Marvel Comics
In my eyes a high bar was set for this title. On one side you have Greg Pak writing an epic story for the Hulk and Marvel marketing World War Hulk as its current big event (a la Civil War). Accompanied are the X-Men whose current writers include legends Peter David (X-Factor) and Jeph Loeb (Wolverine) and current big sellers like Mike Carey (X-Men), Ed Brubaker (Uncanny X-Men) and Robert Kirkman (Ultimate X-Men) along with some great artists. So I was at least expecting this to be good.
Though it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good either.
The plot is contrived. Hulk comes out to the X-Mansion to chitchat with Xavier, apparently killing time during his ultimatum. It just so happened that the New X-Men team was sparring on the first floor of the mansion, because Beast felt the Danger Room couldn’t simulate a combat situation with civilians as accurately as an empty room in the mansion.
I did like some of what happened. The fight scene was done well, but it wasn’t enough to win me over. The dialogue was weak. Nothing was wrong with the art, but there was nothing remarkable about it either. What I liked most was how Hulk handled each of the New X-Men, the best being when he laid out Rockslide and grabbed his arms then said, “So you can control body parts when they’re not connected?” then he rips off both arms and flings them in the air, “Can you control them when they’re in Connecticut?”
Like I said it’s not horrible; I thought the first issue of New Warriors was worse. But there are a lot of better comics out there to buy, so you might want to consider putting this on the back burner. On second thought, just take it off the stove altogether until after you’ve consumed Sinestro Corps, other X-Titles, Countdown, Annihilation, Hack/Slash, Invincible…
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