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Incredible Hulk #3 - Hulk: Asunder, Part Three Review

5

Hulk wants to be left alone, but Banner has something to prove.

Banner sends in a couple of his creations to try and take down Hulk. When is Banner going to learn that Hulk just wants to be left alone?

The Good

I'm stuck in this terrible mindset. "What is Jason Aaron going to do to follow Greg Pak's run on Hulk?" It's a horrible mindset to have when you open up a book, so I urge anyone reading this series to get that out of your brain. That being said, this book is f'n awesome! What I like most about this is that we're three issues in and not once have I been bored, confused, or worried with the series or the direction it's going in. This book is so good and keeps a constant smile on my face. Jason Aaron is killing it on this book. Sorry for the slang, but it's completely true.

I love that this book has more of a role reversal to it than most other Hulk books. Banner has lost his mind and takes the role of the antagonist while Hulk just wants to be left alone and he comes off as the protagonist more than anything else. It's a new take on an old favorite.

I've mentioned it before but the whole Island of Doctor Moreau thing Banner is going through is amazing. It just adds to the whole "Banner is crazy" aspect of the book. This issue, and series as a whole, is a great mixture of genres and stays entertaining from beginning to end.

Marc Silvestri's art is beautiful. I love how he sets up each panel, and you never feel like you get the same type of shot twice, aside from a few panels that slowly zoom in on a facial expression. In addition, everything about his art just feels epic. There's a great two page splash that I keep going back to again and again. It's a great fight scene that will have you staring at it for minutes.

The Bad

The only real problem I had is while this book was filled with great action, it didn't balance too well with story. We essentially get 4 pages of actual story in this issue which progresses the story forward.

The Verdict

Point blank, you should be reading this. This is currently the best that Marvel has to offer. It's a great book with a great story with a bit of role reversal. Hulk doesn't come off as the villain in this one, but Banner does. That being said, the mild "insanity factor" that Banner has in this series has been really cool. Also, Silvestri's art is reason enough to pick this series up. The only problem I had with this book was that there wasn't a great balance of action and story. It was way too action heavy. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up. I highly recommend it.

10 Comments
Posted by --Anubis--

I don't recommend this issue to boar brothers fans, because they're looking like amateurs here.

Posted by higher_evolutionary
@inferiorego: what happened to banner?
Posted by KainScion

@--Anubis--: they have existed for 3 issues now. dont tell me they have a fan base already?!?!

Posted by --Anubis--

@KainScion: they are the main reason for people to buy this book

Posted by inferiorego
@higher_evolutionary It will be explained fully down the road I'm sure.
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Posted by missmandygreen

best hulk book for a long time so enjoying it

Posted by dbzmaster789

Lol the thought i always have to get out of my mind is will it be as good as Peter David's run, with the way its going so far it looks like it just might be leading to legendary status

Posted by KainScion

@--Anubis--: you have got to be kidding me!! for real? damn. i read it because i like hulk.

Posted by Eyz

I'm loving this direction/story so far!

Posted by artfan007

for me its a 5 stars read. i love it so much be4 the book even come out yet i brought the original to this cover :) but i hope the story/art continue. i really hated when they change artist :@