March 24, 2023

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Noteworthy Issues: Hulk #2 (December, 2021)

Starship Hulk approaches its breaking point.

Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley reimagined the Hulk as, well, a spaceship, with Bruce Banner riding in a mental plane cockpit while the Green Hulk’s rage provided power to the body outside.

So, where is he going?

Issue:  Hulk #2, December, 2021

Writer:  Donny Cates

Artist:  Ryan Ottley

The Plot:  Starship Hulk is on a mission, and nothing will stop Banner from getting to wherever he’s going.

Commentary:  Honestly, not much happens here that I feel is worth commenting over.  Oh, it’s nothing bad or anything.  There’s just not much here.  The Hulk, now decked out in some kind of cybernetics, is plowing through everything in his path in this weird place between dimensions, including a few extra-dimensional peacekeepers that he turns into gory chunks because the mental plane version of Banner fell asleep at the wheel so to speak.  By issue’s end, Banner is face-to-face with…someone I won’t mention here.

Oh, I am sure I will say something if/when I write up issue #3.

But here, well, it shows more about how this new Hulk works.  Banner finds his outer Hulk body being restrained, so he pumps “more power” by doing things to further enrage the mental plane version of the Green Hulk.  That involves “Level Two,” various Marvel monsters like Fin Fang Foom, and then “Level Three,” a giant Wolverine in his original costume.  The mental plane Hulk does plow through them, but it is stated that putting too much strain on the “engine” is dangerous, and at one point, Banner panics because he can still revert back to the Banner body, and that would be bad.

But otherwise, there isn’t much going on here.  It’s all about how the Hulk works.  That’s actually fine and important, and I am glad Cates is explaining a bit more about what he’s up to, but there isn’t a whole lot to say here as a result.

Grade:  B+

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