Hulk vs A Mountain. NEVER Bet on the Mountain.
Last Time we left off we saw hulk stranded A.D. 1873 along with with the heroes of that time. Mark Waid Provided a great opening Last time that set things up perfectly and while this issue was great, it had of course it's flaws.
To Start off i have to say that again i really, and i do mean REALLY like the art in this issue. Sure Matteo doesn't always have the most Beautiful Scenes in panels when characters aren't doing much but it's the action packed story-telling which i greatly enjoy. From a scene of the hulk Going as fast as he can to accelerated Cowboys shooting at each other, the art is purely superb. it has a Cinematic Vibe to it which i really enjoy because it provides great images and really involves you in the action. They call Matteo a rising start and i can see why someone would say that.
The story is very simple, Hulk has to Go to many different locations to stop the Chronarchists and basically hold time together from falling apart. Mark waid had promised us a dynamic between Hulk and Banner, and this issue does in fact deliver. Throughout the issue Banner keeps Taunting Hulk into doing what is necessary, he keeps making Him angry in order to get the job done. I find this totally in banners character, it seems logical to me for Him to take the chance on taunting the hulk , because as far as hulk is concerned, that thing is not REALLY banner( it's going to cause trouble When hulk does learn though).
Moreover, the greatest thing about Mark Waids Writing is because he explains almost everything scientifically. Last Time we had him give us the functions of Many weapons Baron Zemo tried to buy, and before that he gave us an Explanation to how lifting Mjolnir might work. This issue also has some interesting. Bruce Banner was introduced with a puzzle at the beginning and as we move through the issue we slowly solve the Mind game. I Don't really Know Much about the Cowboy Gang(kid Colt, Etc) nor if they had any on-goings or such, but they seemed really cool here, if i was a new reader i'd read about them because they really felt relevant here, which is guess is a plus on waids part.
As i mentioned at the beginning, this particular issue was NOT without some flaws. What really irked me was the fact that Banner easily convinced The Gang that they were really the good guys. seriously it only took them a few words and it seemed like easily followed him. I find it hard to believe that Cowboys( even the ones who have seem weird things) would Believe a flouting toaster and his green giant Friend. Also, The Chronarchist here didn't really strike me as a dangerous villain to be honest, i won't take away points for this considering that maybe the others are much more powerful than this one, but here if he was beaten by Kid colt and the others i don't see how they could possible cause any true problems for the hulk, but then again it is possible that these villains vary in power levels so i won't take points away for this one since the team Appearance felt relevant to the story because of the fact that by following banners instructions they Defeated the villain.
This overall was a pretty good issue IMO, it provided good action, a fun cast, and had the Dynamic between Bruce and Hulk.