Monday, May 29, 2017

The Totally Awesome Hulk #19 Review - Marvel Monday


The Hulk Who Fell To Earth

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Robert Gill, Nolan Woodard and Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 24, 2017

I can't say I am a Hulk fanboy and because of that, I really can't say much about Totally Awesome Hulk.  I am aware of Amadeus Cho, but mainly through crossovers and guest appearances.  That being said, I am not against him like so many others seem to be.  However, my love or not love for the character isn't what convinced me to read and review this issue...it's the fact that it's the beginning of the Weapons of Mutant Destruction story and that it is written by Greg Pak.  I am a hug fan of Pak and since he left DC Comics, I've missed him.  So, what better book to get some Pak goodness than a Hulk one, right?  So, how was this issue and does it get me exited for the crossover?  Let's find out...


The issue opens with some trouble in space and if you know me, you know that I think any book is better...In Space!  Amadeus is there to save the day and afterwards, takes a victory lap with swelled head getting bigger by the second.  You know, the standard, "I'm bigger and badder than everyone else" rag.

Unfortunately, he finds out pretty quickly that may not be the case as he is attacked by what appears to be a normal guy and gal (okay, they are in space with no protection, but they look normal) who end up being cyborgs.



We see they are being watched/controlled from the Weapon X Satellite as a battle of brains and brawn breaks out.  It goes back and forth with Amadeus finally coming out on top by blowing up one cyborg and capturing the other before falling to Earth.  The problem is, it ends up that the Hulk may have walked right into the baddies plan anyway.

Meanwhile on Earth, Old Man Logan, Domino and Sabretooth have been busy trying to find evidence of the cyborgs that attacked them earlier.  They keep coming up a bit short...until Amadeus shows up with exactly what they've been looking for.  They jump in his ship and things get interesting.

Amadeus has already done scans of the cyborg and as it throws out anti-mutant hate speech, we see that they were made of genetic material from Logan, Victor, but also Lady Deathstrike and Warpath.  Besides that, the captured cyborg's brain shows the "team" where they need to go.



The issue ends with Logan mentioning that at least the bad guys didn't get any of Hulk's blood...but Amadeus (and the reader) knows different.  We then get a cliffhanger page that shows that things are about to get more deadly from here on out.  It's one of those "what if" things that should be so cool.

As a prelude to the upcoming crossover, this did the job for me.  Greg Pak gets everyone up to speed quickly, forms a pretty kick ass team and sets up a big threat with a cool cliffhanger.  I will be continuing with the Weapons of Mutant Destruction story from here.



Robert Gill's artwork is good.  It's not mind blowing and I can't really point out any awesome panels, but it helps tell the story and his character work is good.

Bits and Pieces:

Greg Pak gives readers a prelude to the Weapons of Mutant Destruction story and it got me excited enough to care.  I like the team, I like the threat and the art was good enough to help out with the heavy lifting.  It may be mostly setup, but it is a prelude and gets everyone caught up going into the crossover.

7.5/10

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