Tuesday, 28 February 2017
The Totally Awesome Hulk, Volume 2: Civil War II Review (Greg Pak, Alan Davis)
There aren’t many comics around with ironic titles but the “Totally Awesome” Hulk is definitely one of them! Greg Pak Paks up yet another title - I do not know how this dude keeps getting work but I guess if Greg Pak can, anyone can. Seriously - can you write your name? No? Well you’re probably still a better writer than Pak.
Korean-American Amadeus Cho is the new Hulk for diversity reasons. For two riveting issues we watch the former Hulk, Bruce Banner, wander about doing fuck-all before Civil War II waddles up to rub its stinky, sweaty taint against everything. I haven’t even read the main event but I pretty much know all the beats now after reading all these tie-in issues! All I can say is, poor Carol Danvers - did Captain Marvel really deserve to be made to look like this, Marvel? You morons.
Black Panther puts on a Black Panther-themed Hulk-buster armour to fight Amadeus – why is Black Panther involving himself with Hulk? Who knows. It’s another crap moment in a whole sequence of them and totally contrived too - never seen T’Challa wear anything like that before, probably won’t ever see it again! Pak runs out of name characters to challenge Amadeus towards the end and comes up with a dull monster for him to punch for the remaining issues.
To be fair, I do like Amadeus Cho, he’s a likeable little bugger, Alan Davis’ art was decent and I like that Cho’s not super angsty like Banner was - there’s a pleasant lightness to his Hulk which is far less tiresome than the usual tortured crap the character’s gone through the last few decades.
Still, The Totally Awesome Hulk, Volume 2: Civil War II is full of boring non-stories that even Hulk fans will probably struggle to keep their eyes open over. It wasn’t ever a great title but Marvel’s latest event still managed to drag down its mediocrity even further - good work, guys! And well done, Greg Pak, for continuing your career-long streak of no-hitters going! I’m done with this rubbish series.