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Indestructible Hulk #7 - Gods and Monster, Part 2 Review

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Hulk and Thor defend the science team from Frost Giants. Hilarious banter and invasion of personal space ensues.

The Good

Up until the last issue, Mark Waid had this book pretty much running a specific formula. It was certainly entertaining (Banner helps in the first half, Hulk smashes in the second), but the repetitive nature of the issues was definitely noticeable as well. Thankfully, Hulk's little trip to Jotunheim feels like a breath of fresh air for this series and adds new and very interesting elements to the mix.

Mark Waid truly killed it with this script. It's relentlessly hysterical and Thor fans, I promise you Hulk holding Mjolnir makes sense! As if the constant flow of laughs wasn't enough (courtesy of the best Hulk/Thor team-up ever), #7 delivers quite a few twists that make it clear this adventure is much more than chuckles and punches. The ending is certainly odd, but I'll give Waid the next issue to flesh that one out.

Yes, it sucks not seeing Leinil Francis Yu on the title. The man's easily identifiable style fits so well with the book, and having Hulk smash under his work produces some tremendous and brilliant images. Despite that, I'm confident in saying Walter Simonson is a better fit for this new tale. His illustrations are more lighthearted in nature and have more of a lively feel to it, perfectly complimenting the overflowing amount of humor in this book. The action isn't as intense or frenetic, but that's overshadowed by the sharp script. You're an emotionless robot if the struggle over Mjolnir doesn't at least make you smirk.

The Bad

While there was plenty of hilarity in the Hulk and Thor team-up, I feel as though the fight with the Frost Giants dragged on a little too long. I know it's tough to believe I'd say such a thing, but I found myself more interested in the bigger picture once the gears began to turn. Simonson's rough style fits this story's atmosphere well, but some facial expressions for the humans are a little too jagged for my taste.

The Verdict

Not only is this latest chapter absurdly funny and pretty energetic, but it's plentiful on story, too. While none of the twists are likely to take your breath away, they are legitimately interesting and it makes this trip by far the most promising story we have yet to see from the series. I'm not a big fan of sports idioms, but I think saying, "Waid knocked it out of the park with this issue" is absolutely appropriate. It's simply a good time.

11 Comments
Edited by Oscars94

Thor and Hulk smashing up Frost Giants. I'm in!

Posted by vPuik

I picked up the back issues when I found out Simonson was doing this arch and I've been really enjoying it from the beginning.

Edited by gotwillpower

I like this arc a lot. It's a solid Hulk story.

Posted by HollowPrince65

I kinda miss Yu's art.

Posted by HortonDrawsAWho

I HATE simonson's artwork. I dropped the book once I found out he was coming on. I understand a lot of older comic readers love him but his art reminds me of bad John Romita Jr. art. It all looks rushed and way too cartoony. And it looks even worse coming on after Yu. I don't mind art changes on any book but I don't like it when its a very stark contrast. Having Simonson come on after Yu is like having Alan Davis draw an issue after Steven McNiven.

Edited by HeraldofGanthet

@hortondrawsawho: It all looks rushed and way too cartoony.

Thats only sometimes though. I'll admit that some of his work can look rushed at times, but having followed his stuff for decades he really can dial in the detail when the scene(s) call for it. Give him another chance.

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

I HATE simonson's artwork. I dropped the book once I found out he was coming on. I understand a lot of older comic readers love him but his art reminds me of bad John Romita Jr. art. It all looks rushed and way too cartoony. And it looks even worse coming on after Yu. I don't mind art changes on any book but I don't like it when its a very stark contrast. Having Simonson come on after Yu is like having Alan Davis draw an issue after Steven McNiven.

Whoa, wait, you don't like Alan Davis' art?

Posted by ThorBoy

Controversial! Two legendary artists still working on two of the top characters in marvel today! I love it!!!

Posted by Extremis

"Thou dost have a name...?"

"HULK SMASH!"

"Very well! Then on, Hulksmash! For Midgard! For Asgard!"

Posted by TheAcidSkull

WAID= ULTIMATE TROLL MASTER!

Edited by dreamfall31

Probably going to be picking this up now that I'll have more of a budget for comics!