Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hulk v4: Hulk vs. X-Force TPB

I don't think anyone is going to be won over by volume four of Jeph Loeb's sublimely ridiculous Red Hulk. Loeb tries to inject some pathos with Rulk's ongoing thoughts in some caption boxes, but I practically skipped them. The key to enjoying this book is turning off your brain and smiling (maybe drooling a little) as a ton of Marvel characters knock each other around while spouting tough smack-talk.

If you want to see (in order of my interest) Wolverine, Thundra, Domino, Archangel, Doc Samson, Punisher, Silver Sable, Red She-Hulk, Deadpool, Warpath, X-23, and Elektra all smash each other up, this book is for you. If you want all the ladies in that list to lost a lot of their clothes, this comic is for you. I almost have to compare this to a loud action movie where you laugh and clap along with the explosions and punching. This is the Crank 2 of comics.

Speaking of the art, I loved Ian Churchill's Ed McGuinness impression. The bonus material in the back shows how Churchill transformed his pencils to look like the bulky style that has been this book's norm. He still makes sure to draw all the guys huge and the ladies busting out of their tops, but it's all so cartoony, you can't take it seriously.

Lord help me, this is just dumb fun, but it's Good.

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