Mind Capsules – Hulk #1 and Sinestro #1

Hulk #1

Writer – Mark Waid
Artist – Mark Bagley
Inker – Andrew Hennessy
Colours – Jason Keith

The first issue of the newly revived Hulk series continues right after the events of the last issue of Indestructible Hulk with Banner being shot in the back of the head and looking like he might have been killed.  Waid then picks up the tale with a doctor coming in to perform brain surgery on him as some shadowy government-type people are simultaneously harvesting his body.  Some great intrigue in the first half of the book as we know nothing about these people or why they are collecting bits of Banner DNA, though obviously it is because of the Hulk and they intend to somehow weaponize or create their own Hulks.  This also finds the book much stronger than the last couple handfuls of Waid’s run on Indestructible and looks to be moving in a direction that we have never seen before.  Coming on board for art duties is Mark Bagley, probably the most dependable artist in comics aside from John Romita, Jr., and a welcome change from the less than stellar art that plagued the previous series.  His pencils also look much stronger than they have been lately, likely due to the fact that he is only illustrating a single issue a month now.  Some great stuff from the creators with the last page of the book a stunner. The second issue cannot come fast enough now.

4.5 out of 5

Sinestro #1

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Dale Eaglesham
Colours – Jason Wright

Our hero/villain/anti-hero Sinestro finally gets his shot at an ongoing title and it is off to a strong start.  The artwork by Eaglesham is gorgeous and a perfect fit for the book, especially on pages heavy on the action.  When Sinestro faces off against the alien tiger, it flows with energy from one panel to the next and is absolutely beautiful.  Bunn nails down the story, giving us an almost broken Sinestro, one we have seen before when he is feeling down about his people, but as everyone knows, you never count Sinestro out.  Some interesting concepts are introduced such as Lyssa Drak now being able to charge rings as well as having the Book of Parallax inscribed on her skin and an anti-emotion cult called The Paling.  Though we may not have needed yet another entry to the Green Lantern family of titles, this was a great start to the series.  An exceptionally strong outing for a first issue by DC.

4 out of 5

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