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Indestructible Hulk #11 - Agent of T.I.M.E., Part One Review

5

Hulk is good at smashing, but is he also good at fixing? Only he can help repair the damage AGE OF ULTRON has done!

The Good

Like it or not, AGE OF ULTRON'S ending is flooding into various titles and it cannot be stopped. Playing around with time-related issues and such is a dangerous move and runs the risk of feeling convoluted and being filled with technobabble. And then there's the continuity nightmares it can generate. Needless to say, it's not an easy subject to tackle. Mark Waid, though? He welcomes the crazy aftermath of AGE OF ULTRON with open arms and instead turns it into something totally wacky and fun.

The premise is simple: to repair time, S.H.I.E.L.D. needs someone capable of surviving the ridiculous environment they'd be forced into. Well, if there's one thing Hulk is good at (aside from smashing), it's being able to endure the unsurvivable. "Hold up. Hulk -- HULK -- is going to fix time... with his fists? Get out. Seriously, leave now and never come back." WAIT! Waid realizes this is a laughable concept and he handles it more than appropriately! Hell, Banner even laugh off the idea at first. However, it's not long before Waid adds a new element or two which makes the mission far more understandable and rational. In the process, we're treated to some big laughs which gives artist Matteo Scalera a lot of fun ideas to work with.

Oh, and remember that time I praised Matteo Scalera a whole lot in the reviews for the past two issues? Yeah, all of those compliments still remain. I adore this man's art and the beyond energetic vibe he brings to Waid's sharp script. His detailed style fills every scene with Hulk with so much intensity. And even when things aren't moving at a million miles per hour, his more than able amount of detail gives each character enough depth to make every scene look solid.

The Bad

Honestly, I have no major complaints.

The Verdict

On the surface, the premise seems pretty complex, but Waid simplifies it and clearly turns it into something hilarious and super entertaining. The ending is a real attention grabber and I can't wait to see all of the crazy fun Waid is going to have with this story. If you previously told me AGE OF ULTRON was going to take over numerous titles I would be pretty bummed out. However, Waid manages to spin a negative into a positive and it totally works. Thrown in Scalera's brilliant illustrations and you have yet another issue of INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK which is definitely worthy of five-stars.

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Edited by Mucklefluga

Ya know when this was first announced i thought Hulk wearing armour was really stupid. But after seeing so many reviews that say great things about it i may have to delve into this series.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

My favorite issue so far.
i love Banners reaction to the idea of hulk saving time, it just really feels like something he'd do. I also loved the dimension shifts which gives Matteo a lot of ground to work on.

Not to mention to the fact that waids explanation for hulk acting out of character is awesome and interesting, and TOTALLY makes sense. This is why i respect him so much, he LISTENS to the fans.

also if anyone is curious, i asked waid some questions and he answered. i have really high hopes for this arc.

5/5 for me as well

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@theacidskull: Do you have a link to those question's?

@mucklefluga: You really should check this book out best Marvel title out right now (although Thor is pretty amazing also) it's worth every penny.

Posted by TheAcidSkull
Edited by HollowPrince65

The Betty scene killed me :( I wish that would happen again.

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642
Posted by HortonDrawsAWho

All I keep thinking is how in 15 years time we are going to look back at the Hulk Armor and question what the hell we were all thinking. In the same way we all look at Rob Liefields character designs from any time period...lol

Posted by CaptainHoopla

I haven't read it yet, but I'm happy to read this review. I was concerned when I saw Age of Ultron on the cover. I do have great faith in Waid though.

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Posted by Watcherg6

@mucklefluga: This is the best move for the hulk, now that there are a bunch of them out there

Posted by Flopsop200

My favorite issue of the series! Glad I held on this long. The explanation vindicates previous discrepancies. Solid.

Posted by vPuik

I like the artist and I loved his work in the previous story, but I'm not sure he's the best for time travel stories. He's better with the dark street level stuff. Still one of my favorite books of Marvel NOW!

Edited by Grimoire

Just read it and love it like usual.

Posted by GraniteSoldier