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Indestructible Hulk #9 - Blind Rage: Part One Review

5

Find out who Bruce's secret contact is and Maria sends him on yet another mission! Plenty of laughs, fun and smashing follows.

The Good

Wow, what an absurdly fun issue. To absolutely no one's surprise, Mark Waid totally kills it on the script. Not only does he throw some seriously fantastic developments our way (Bruce's contact is revealed and fun is had, the cliffhanger brings in a familiar face), but the entire chapter is just immensely entertaining. Truth be told, it's one of the most joyful reads I've had in quite some time.

From the (not so) passive aggressive relationship between Bruce and Maria to Waid having a trio of panels deliver one solid laugh, it's simply an impressively sharp and remarkably amusing reading experience. I was never hit with a dull moment and the excitement remained consistent throughout the issue. Where else will you see Daredevil surfing on a taxi? WHERE ELSE, I ASK YOU?!

Matteo Scalera takes over pencils and Val Staples is on colors. The end result is truly MAGNIFICENT at times, especially when the bad guys get to use some of the big guns. Witnessing Hulk as he attempts to plow through the force of one of these weapons is jaw-dropping and we're treated to this not once but twice. I particularly love the close up on Hulk's face as he screams through the chaos. It's beautifully cinematic and plays out wonderfully. In fact, I'm going to share one of the panels below just so you know I'm not entirely crazy.

The Bad

Correct me if I'm wrong on this, but I've been under the impression Hulk doesn't kill puny humans. I understand the guy set him off with the sophisticated weapon, but based on what I know, it seems a little out of character he'd then potentially smash the guy's face in. That said, I understand the scene was really there to illustrate the relationship Hulk/Bruce has with his ally and it was indeed cool seeing them elaborate on how they can get through to Banner while Hulk is in charge.

The Verdict

This is easily my favorite issue this week and I have yet to read everything in my pile. That's how downright enjoyable this chapter is. Waid's script is superb, the art is stellar, and the overall narrative manages to intrigue while still offering plenty of smiles and fun set pieces. This is a good jumping on point, so you should probably go ahead and do that if you're not currently reading this series. Seriously, do it.

Also, does anyone else think that was Crossbones with Baron in the end or am I alone in thinking that?

Fantastic, isn't it?

26 Comments
Posted by Dm225

This series continues to be my favorite thing out of Marvel NOW!

Posted by ShadowX

Can somebody tell me who the contact is?

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Gonna pick it up for daredevil

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Posted by dondave

@shadowx said:

Can somebody tell me who the contact is?

Daredevil

Posted by HollowPrince65

This issue made me smile wide and great plot points. I also am in love with Matteo Scarlatta's art. A perfect fit.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

nice review greg!

and i have to say that thats the only problem i had with the book, hulk seemed a bit out of character, he doesn't kill puny humans, he is always THE GOOD GUY, only kills when it's absolutely necessary and he just simply has to do it, but he'd never go through with it if his foe is defeated .

also hulk seemed extra stupid to me, or maybe that was matts assumption you know? because while he said that hulk couldn't understand he what daredevil had told him, but then a few scenes later he seems to be talking just fine.

i hate to point out these minor complains since i love the series. the pencils were awesome and the story is hilariously amazing! mark waid balances humor and the serious tone of the comic really well.

4/5 stars for me ^_^

Edited by GraniteSoldier

Hulk is my second favorite current series to Venom. Unfortunately, I can't get mine until next week! Oh well. Great review as always, I look forward to adding my own.

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Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

I was laughing my bum off with Hulk making all those "Tough guys" put their guns away.

Edited by Barkley

ever read Bannner? he has killed plenty....

Posted by henrik

Crossbones :)

Posted by ThatGuyWithHeadPhones

Daredevil is his lawyer...wh not She Hulk

oh wait she busy with the FF still...I would have liked that better mainly becasue I love the relationship Bruce has with his Cousin.

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

I want this but I'm on a limited budget until next Friday and the independent comics always come first because they're the ones that sell out. Marvel books rarely sell out.

Posted by daredevil21134

When I seen DD make that Michael Phelps joke I passed om this book.Can't stand when he acts like that.

Posted by Arkhamc1tizen

@dondave said:

@shadowx said:

Can somebody tell me who the contact is?

Daredevil

awesome.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@barkley said:

ever read Bannner? he has killed plenty....

wha? no.

Banner only kills if he has no other choice. sometimes his emotions help him too though

Posted by cc1738

I didn't care for this series when it launched. It was ok, but I honestly didn't think it was anything special.

Posted by The Mast

I literally know when the same two or three users will comment on every review that mentions Waid's Daredevil, and that they'll find something to whine about.

This was amazing. Mark Waid is incredible.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

@the_mast said:

I literally know when the same two or three users will comment on every review that mentions Waid's Daredevil, and that they'll find something to whine about.

This was amazing. Mark Waid is incredible.

Can't believe how well banner and matt interacted.

Posted by consafo80

stop leaving the same stupid spam comment on every thread. Nobody wants to know. Now go away.

Edited by Om1kron

Marvel is killing it with the hulk right now. I've been reading since it's "reboot" that Marc Sylvestri started on, and now it's cycling creative teams which would annoy me on a long story arch. But now it's like short contained stories which remind me of the incredible hulk tv show. They need to do this for more books to keep them fresh.

Except Ultimate spider man.

Posted by daredevil21134

@the_mast said:

I literally know when the same two or three users will comment on every review that mentions Waid's Daredevil, and that they'll find something to whine about.

This was amazing. Mark Waid is incredible.

LOL

Posted by Outside_85

In regards to the last scene; I kinda doubt it, since he's (as far as I know) pretty much been Sin's loyal henchman and support. And last I checked, she stabbed the other guy in the back by leaving him in the middle of a desert and made an enemy of him.

Posted by tobyxtremegamer

My favorite marvel now series.