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"I saw what Dan Slott’s been up to these past few months, and I said, ‘I want a piece of that.’ This will be interesting in terms of response. It’s not going to be minor." -- Kieron Gillen

7 pages from #16, and 3 more from #17... )
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'My go to example is the “Batman always wins”. True in the DC universe. Drop him in (say) the Wildstorm one, and the more cynical rules of that place would lead to the rich guy to be incinerated from orbit the first time he pulled on his costume and decided to cross the Authority.

'More generally, science-fiction universes normally have the trope that Earth tech when facing enormously advanced aliens can do something. Iron Man’s suit can face off against hyper-advanced aliens, due to it being based on the romantic conception of science, etc. Take that to a hard Science-Fiction Universe, and Iron Man is toast. Thousands of Iron Man armours would be killed by a single Knife Missile, in Iain M Banks’ Culture universe. Take a thousand Knife Missiles to the MU, and Tony would take them down on his lonesome.'
-- Kieron Gillen

Read more... )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

You hear all the time in comics solicits that the hero is going to lose everything this issue. The Incredible Hulk #105 is one of the rare times that this is true. Up until this point, the Hulk and Banner had both found happiness on Sakaar. The Hulk was a hero, and he was making the world a better place. For forty years of our time, the Hulk had been an outcast and a loner. Now he has friends, family, and acceptance in a world that really needs his guidance.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #105)

Sadly, it was too good to last. )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

I love Planet Hulk, but I’m not going to lie: the conclusion is a giant kick to the crotch.

Don’t get me wrong – it’s well-executed. It’s just sad. The only reason I don’t put it on par with the last couple of issues of Y: The Last Man in terms of sadness is because World War Hulk offered a continuation that, while it didn’t make things better, did offer a bit of catharsis as the Hulk tore the Marvel Universe a new one.

But I digress. If you’re going to have a good tragedy, you first need to have a happy place to start from. So let’s see what happens when the Hulk finally gets everything he wants.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #104)

All good things... )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

I have read almost every single issue of The Incredible Hulk, and my absolute favorite is The Incredible Hulk #103. This story effectively caps off the happy part of Planet Hulk, and had the series ended there I would have considered it to be a wonderful ending for the character.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #103)

Let's check it out, shall we? )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

If you look at things in a certain way, Planet Hulk: Allegiance is the real end of the Planet Hulk saga. This issue deals with the fall of the Red King, and the next one deals with the coronation of the Hulk as the new ruler of Sakaar. The two-part Planet Hulk: Armageddon is really a prelude to the World War Hulk event.

All that aside, here’s the Hulk’s final strike against the Red King.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #102)

The Fall of the Red King )
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It’s been a while, but here’s more of Planet Hulk.

Previously in Planet Hulk

Last time around, the Hulk and his gang met with the shadow elders of Sakaar, who basically sit around being all wise and useless while the world around them goes to Hell. They have a deal with the Red King that keeps them alive but which also prevents any sort of interference in his tyrannical rule. When the Hulk arrives, they have some tests for him to find out whether or not he is the legendary Sakaarson.

Allegiance, part two )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

The Incredible Hulk #100 is a massive issue that reprints many different Hulk issues, including one where the Hulk was on trial and Reed Richards wound up freeing him rather than letting Bruce Banner be sentenced for the crimes of the Hulk. Since I’m focusing on Greg Pak’s run on the Hulk, I’ll stick to just his stories.

(11 pages from two stories in The Incredible Hulk #100)

”The )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

Throughout the course of Planet Hulk, there are issues that focus more or less entirely on one of the Hulk's supporting cast members. Since the Hulk has been around for 40+ years, readers know him well. These other guys have only been around for a little while and need to be built up as individuals if readers are going to care about them. This issue, like the last one, focuses on one of the best new additions to the Hulk's supporting cast: Caiera the Oldstrong.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #99)

Anarchy, part four )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

Considering how decompressed modern comics tend to be, it's pretty impressive how much Greg Pak managed to fit into each issue of Planet Hulk. There's so much going on in this issue that I can't show it all here. I'm going to focus mostly on the relationship between the Hulk and Caiera because...well, because Caiera is awesome.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #98)

Caiera explained )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

One of the most important characters in Planet Hulk and World War Hulk is Miek. Miek begins as the alien equivalent of puny Banner, albeit without the genius-level intellect. He becomes much more powerful this issue, but unlike the Hulk he doesn't have a good guy inside him guiding his actions. Instead, he has to learn his morals from the Hulk, and the Hulk is not a very good teacher.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #97)

Read more... )
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Okay, I'm desperately trying to distract myself from the election, so here's the next bit of PLanet Hulk

Previously in Planet Hulk

(7 pages from Hulk #96)

Let the anarchy begin )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

In between Planet Hulk: Exile and Planet Hulk: Anarchy, there was a one-shot Giant-Size Hulk issue. In that issue, there is a short ten-page story called "Banner War" which deals with the big question of what Bruce Banner thinks about his exile into space.

If you're reading through the Planet Hulk, you can skip over this story pretty easily. However, it does touch upon one of the big themes that runs throughout Greg Pak's Hulk stories, so I'm including it here as well.

(3 pages out of a 10-page story)

The Return of Bruce Banner )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

If we break each of the arcs in Planet Hulk down, they each have their own theme. The theme in four issues of Exile is the Hulk and friendship. He meets Miek, his first friend on Sakaar. He allies with the Warbound, learning the importance of loyalty and camaraderie. In the conclusion of this arc, he meets an old friend of his, and we get a glimpse of what the Hulk is capable of when he is betrayed by a friend.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #95)

The conclusion of Planet Hulk: Exile )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

The Hulk often says he wants to be left alone, but the truth is he is always looking for friends. It's basically the abused child in him coming out - he wants to form friendships, but he's afraid of being hurt. Well, he's about to open his heart up again as Planet Hulk: Exile continues.

(7 pages from Incredible Hulk #94)

Warbound )
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Previously in Planet Hulk

The nice thing about Planet Hulk is that its quality sort of catches you by surprise. This issue, like the past one, indicates that we're in for nothing but a big action movie-style smashfest. And that's fine, because fans weren't expecting anything more than a fun time with the Hulk having wacky adventures on an alien planet. Greg Pak and Carlo Pagulayan paced the story well enough and planned things out far enough that the high action sucks you in, and before you realize it you're involved in a much deeper story.

For now, though, let's just enjoy some smashing.

(7 pages from The Incredible Hulk #93)

Part two )
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Some time ago, I mentioned doing a summary of Greg Pak's Hulk run, and some folks said that would be a good idea. This is going to be quite a long series of posts, since it's covering five years of work, and it may be delayed here and there because I am both busy and lazy. But here goes.

(Seven pages from The Incredible Hulk #92.)

It begins. )
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The Hulk is far and away my favorite literary character, and Incredible Hulk (volume 3) #103 is my favorite issue of his series.

Hulk #103 takes place near the end of the Planet Hulk storyline. The Hulk, exiled to an alien planet, has overthrown the tyrannical Red King and earned the rulership of a planet for himself. During this time, he made several friends, including Caiera the Oldstrong, who began as his enemy and eventually became one of his closest allies.

5 pages from Incredible Hulk #103.

And then they get married... )
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For [personal profile] blackruzsa, who requested any of a series of moments mentioned in an article entitled "The Balut in a Superhero's Underpants".

It says that "[i]f the Americans have their Easter Eggs, we Filipinos have our Balut Eggs. (Okay, I just made up that term, but it seems appropriate anyway.) Balut Eggs are those moments when Filipinos (or something Pinoy) suddenly pops up in foreign movies, TV shows, novels, and comic books."

It goes on to list several of those moments that appear in American comic books. I was intrigued by one of them - in Marvel Comics’ “Agents of Atlas,” Mt. Pinatubo erupts again and Sentry flies in just in time to rescue a damaged Phivolcs helicopter - so I went to do a little digging and to my surprise, I found I had it.

Three and approximately 3/4ths scans from Dark Reign Agents of Atlas #1. Also FYI: there's comic-book nudity in one of the scans )
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Jimmy Woo and the other Agents of Atlas, while clearly a group of "good guys" (at least to us readers!), have occasionally used the fact that the Atlas Foundation was formerly an evil empire to their advantage.



Below, in two full pages and one panel from the eight-page Agents of Atlas story "The Heist" in Dark Reign: New Nation, they break into Fort Knox (very publicly) and make off with a large amount of solid gold bullion. Their aim is to figure out who was behind a plan to buy weapons without the inconvenience of getting Congress approval first.

Jimmy Woo's 3-Step Plan to Break into a Heavily Guarded Facility While Posing as a Villain )

Of course, they've also been on the receiving end - particularly at the hands of Jimmy's once-girlfriend and current (during the particular story arc) nemesis, Suwan a.k.a the Jade Claw. She is the head of Great Wall, an offshoot and rival of Jimmy's Atlas Foundation. After commandeering Atlas' communications channels (twice) and causing the saucer heavy damage in a firefight, she decides to enjoy herself a little - on a personal level - during another fight.

'Truly this is Shangri-La for me. To feel sensual pleasure while my forces overcome my enemies...is purest bliss.' )

So there they are: the Agents as heroes both playing *at* being villains and being played *by* villains. I love their versatility and I miss them.

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