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Sep. 13th, 2017 08:58 pm
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One of the series that I'm most eager to read each month when it comes out is Mariko Tamaki's Hulk. The first arc, Deconstructed, was a slow burner, but it was bloody brilliant. The art by Nico Leon allowed some good body and face acting, and it was a book that looked at how people respond to setbacks. I loved it, for reasons that I'm finding hard to articulate just now.

The arc that's just finished, Let Them Eat Cake has struggled a bit. Part of that is because of the artists. Not that they're bad (though they certainly aren't Leon's equal), but there's so many of them
7 - Georges Duarte
8 - Georges Duarte
9 - Julian Lopez (Quite a deep shadowed, Deodato Jr style)
10 - Francesco Gaston/ Julian Lopez (and they are very, very different styles. It's a jarring change that happens halfway through the book)
And coming up
11 - Sebastian Carillo
159 (I know) - Jahnoy Lindsay (As seen in Uncanny Avengers)

IT's tough to establish an identity for a book when half of the creative team is in so much flux. It's a shame, as the title launched with such a strong look under Nico Leon )

The end of #10 does at least promise something interesting for future issues, rather than just the mystery of who will be the artist.
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So the first story arc is over now and we finally got to see what She-Hulk looks like now... maybe. I'll explain.

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As my contribution to World of Wonder, I present one of my favorite moments from JLA/Avengers. (or is that Avengers/JLA?) issue #4.


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Hulk #4

Apr. 25th, 2017 01:53 pm
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"The title She-Hulk evokes light-hearted stories about a Jennifer Walters who is at peace with herself and in full control of her powers. This isn’t that book. On the other hand, the title Hulk implies all of the baggage that comes with that comic’s 50+ year history—the ongoing battle with the monster within—and that’s why it’s more appropriate for this series. Jen went through major trauma in Civil War II, and Mariko and Nico’s story will deal with the fallout of that trauma—the anxiety and anger, sometimes self-destructive, that comes along with it. If there is light at the end of the tunnel, Jen is going to have to search hard for it, and she’s going to have to battle with some pretty big monsters—including the one within—to find herself again."

- Axel Alonso

Story By: Mariko Tamaki
Art By: Nico Lean

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Hulk #3

Mar. 21st, 2017 01:28 pm
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Cosmopolitan: When it was first announced that Jennifer Walters would be taking over the Hulk title, was there any backlash from fans?

Mariko Tamaki: I haven’t seen any. Some people are immediately like, “Yes, this is gonna be it! We’re gonna do this! I’m super excited!” and some people are like, “We’ll see.” I think there’s a trepidation when a new person comes in and starts writing for a character, which I accept. I accept that trepidation, I understand it, I have the same trepidation when I see someone new is writing a hero or doing something different with a hero, but I think mostly people are just excited to see more Hulk.

Editor Mark Paniccia: This is one of those headlines that people see and it really sparks their interest. They see that Jennifer Walters, who’s been known as the She-Hulk for all this time, is stepping into a Hulk role. It makes them curious. They want to see what this is all about. This is an opportunity to take a really cool, interesting look at a character and do something completely different than we’ve ever done with her before. Really at the heart of it, this is a Hulk story. It’s man versus monster, but in this case it’s woman versus monster.

Mariko Tamaki: What could be better than woman versus monster?

- From an interview at Cosmopolitan

Story By: Mariko Tamaki
Art By: Nico Lean

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Hulk #2

Feb. 21st, 2017 12:42 pm
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Entertainment Weekly: What made you decide to take her out of her Hulk form and show her human side?

Mariko Tamaki: When I was originally contacted by Marvel with this project, that was the way that they saw this starting. I really liked the idea of having somebody who has been comfortable in their skin, suddenly not [be]. Especially someone who’s been through a traumatic thing. All these things you take for granted about yourself mentally and physically that are no longer true. So I thought it was a really great starting point for a story about trauma, to put her in this position of literally holding this really big thing which is this thing that she is.

Editor Mark Paniccia: The other thing, too, is this is one of the results of Civil War II. These are all really heavy things that we wanted to explore in this character who’s been this fan-favorite superhero who’s going through this terrible trauma and tragedy. Part of Marvel’s stories are that world outside your window. There’s a lot of people that deal with this on a daily basis, and that’s all part of the human condition and in Marvel, the human condition is part of the superhuman condition.

- From an interview at Entertainment Weekly

Story By: Mariko Tamaki
Art By: Nico Lean

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Hulk #1

Jan. 24th, 2017 07:01 pm
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Entertainment Weekly: What does Jen consider her relationship with her Hulk side? What does turning into the Hulk mean for her now?

Mariko Tamaki: In the past when she is the Hulk, there’s no part of her that goes away. She’s fully conscious when she’s in her Hulk form, and she’s worked as a lawyer in her Hulk form, and she’s gone about her life. So for now, it’s become this thing that used to make her feel powerful that has now become this more alien thing and become connected to trauma. So now, thinking about the things that have happened to her is connected to changing into the Hulk. Like Mark said, it’s a scary, terrible thing, because Hulk is who she is. In a way, it’s a metaphor for trying to suppress your feelings. You can try to ignore the feelings that you have, but ultimately, there’s no way around it. If you have had a traumatic event, that thing is just going to keep surfacing inside you until you face it. Right now, at the beginning of the story, Jen is in a place where as much as it feels horrible and unnatural, she’s trying to be just in her human form. But it is a part of her, and to ignore all this Hulk stuff is to ignore the past, and you can’t really do that.

Editor Mark Paniccia: In many ways, this is a classic Hulk story. Woman versus monster.

Mariko Tamaki: All stories are woman versus monster.

- From an interview at Entertainment Weekly

Story By: Mariko Tamaki
Art By: Nico Lean

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Some are quick to decry this storyline as a soulless event or concoction of Marvel’s marketing department, but the “Disassembled” event has a very personal, very passionate origin. “It stems from a long standing nerdy idea, one of those ideas I’ve had since I was 8,” admits Bendis. “Anyone who reads comics had these ideas like ‘wouldn’t it be cool if this’ or ‘wouldn’t it be cool if that’ and we were in our big editorial meeting last year and we got to the Avengers. I started saying my nerdy idea out loud and forgetting that I’m in a situation where I could make it happen- I wasn’t pitching the story, just saying things that I thought would be cool and Mark Millar joined in with similar thoughts. Before the end of the day, after a lot of riffing between Mark and I, it became clear that one of us was writing the ‘Avengers’ with this idea locked in and I ended up the lucky one, because he’s already got his with ‘The Ultimates.’ Basically it’s all about the ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ tagline, what these characters can be and tapping into what the team has been about- change. Change in members, relationships- this isn’t too different from what Stan [Lee] did when he threw out all the popular characters and put in Hawkeye along with two members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants- there is a legacy of this kind of thing.”

....

“Another criticism is of the style of dialogue I’ve chosen for the book, a more natural, more conversational style that a book like this isn’t used to having, something I firmly believe can be accomplished in mainstream comics, even in a bigger team book where they can all talk like real characters and not plot devices. Yes, most mainstream books are written with a very similar language. Its one I study and enjoy. But it doesn’t have to only be that way, with that flavor. People who read ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ or ‘Daredevil,’ they know this, but there are people reading ‘Avengers’ who are new to this kind of writing and think I don’t understand the characters or don’t have a grasp of them, or I somehow hate them.

“But all it is is a different interpretation of them. I fully understand what makes these characters tick, on levels that would embarrass any comic reader in the world.
- Article interview with Brian Michael Bendis

Story By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: David Finch

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Avengers: Disassembled is controversial, even years after it was originally published. Truth be told, it probably will remain divisive for years to come. Still, I think it represents a turning point for the franchise, and it’s a bold ambitious and daring piece of work. Any comic that celebrates its five hundredth issue by mercilessly deconstructing its central team deserves a large amount of respect. Bendis’ work on Avengers might have its share of detractors, and I’m hard-pressed to argue it’s his best work, but I still think it’s a very challenging and breathtaking attempt to help rework a franchise that struggled to find its footing.” - Darren

Story By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: David Finch

Like with Civil War, we'll just be looking at random scenes from each issue.

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Looks like She-Hulk is back folks and in a brand new title! Also... something different.

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Reed Richards is quite wrong... a soviet nuclear tech who had been exposed to a seriously unhealthy dose of radiation while trying to prevent the meltdown of Chernobyl, only to find saboteurs on hand, has been brought to Doctor Estivez, the best hematologist in America, for a bone marrow transplant. But when she unhooks the sedative flow in his containment suit, the Avengers are faced with a man who has gained superpowers from the treatments already given him by the Russians but who still thinks he's trying to save Chernobyl.. Those powers include controls over Nuclear forces... clearly this isn't a situation that calls for the talents of Mr. Fantastic, good thing he stayed home

So Rage could answer the call )
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"I was aware of what happened to Rhodey in the Civil War movie when we were putting this book together. The idea of an inciting incident that could equally affect both Tony and Carol very personally was something I wanted to do. I wanted them on equal emotional footing. And, oh my god, guess who is Tony’s best friend and Carol’s sometimes lover? Both Tony and Carol could say of their actions, “Rhodey would want this,” and they would both maybe be right. I didn’t want to do anything too close to the movie but at the same time there just was no other character that could represent something so meaningful to both leading characters." - Brian Michael Bendis

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Lopez

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