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After being shot into space by the Illuminati, Hulk landed on planet Sakaar where he became a hero, found a wife, and had a child. However, the spacecraft that brought him exploded and killed everyone he loved and half the planet. With his Warbound allies by his side, Hulk came back to Earth seeking revenge. And so begins my World War Hulk review!
The Hulk was angry to be shot in space, but he found complete happiness, then it was all taken away from him -- I'd want some payback too (especially with all the extra power). You see, when his spacecraft exploded above Saakaar, Hulk became extremely powerful thanks to the tasty radiation he absorbed, so taking out his first opponent (Black Bolt) was easy. Each issue follows the same pattern: action packed from start to finish, but not very deep. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as long as you treat it like a summer popcorn movie. Personally I loved the carnage -- there's nothing more satisfying than seeing the Hulk unleash his full might on Black Bolt, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Sentry, Mr. Fantastic, the U.S. Army, and a host of others.
With this in mind, World War Hulk was actually a very fun read. John Romita Jr. did some great artwork here, making Hulk flow from panel to panel with every punch. I was actually surprised since I’ve never been a Romita Jr fan. There were two things that really impressed me about Romita with this book: he knows how to keep a deadline, and he knows how to make the Hulk beat the crap out of everyone.
There's only five issues of WWH, but it's great fun, and I recommend it. Unfortunately the last couple pages is where it all goes horribly wrong.
For the entire run the reader is steered towards the Hulk, taking his side and cheering him on. It’s clear the Illuminati wasn’t at fault for blowing up the ship, but that doesn’t matter since the readers don’t care who’s responsible – it’s all a misunderstanding between the two sides... but that’s what makes it so ironic and plausible!
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