Mind Capsules – Hulk #10 and The New 52 Futures End #36

Hulk #10
Hulk #10

Writer – Gerry Duggan
Artist – Mark Bagley
Inker – Drew Hennessy
Colours – Jason Keith

With this issue, Red and Green collide again as Thunderbolt Ross takes the fight to the Hulk.  After luring Ross out, Doc Green might be just a little bit surprised by the ferocity of his attack and he should be as Ross is essentially fighting for his life.  Doc Green does make a great point though in saying that Ross has spent a long time battling the Hulk and now that he is one, he is a little bit of a hypocrite in wanting to remain as such.  Gerry Duggan and Mark Bagley have been creating one of the most interesting stories featuring our gamma irradiated hero to come along in quite a while.  The question about whether he will become the Maestro is one that makes you wonder what would happen if he did.  Would Peter David’s Future Imperfect come to pass?  Doc Green has already started down a path of ridding the world of those who pose some of the greatest threats to him, those who possess the same gamma powers as he does.  The battle is fast and furious between the two Hulks when it happens with Ross getting the upper hand for most of the fight.  As always though, Doc Green has a plan and getting beaten more badly than he has been in quite some time is just a part of it.  Where Doc Green goes from here is unknown, but it can probably be safe to say that he and Ross will run into each other again, probably sooner rather than later.  The best moment of the book was the conversation between Matt Murdock and Doc Green.  Murdock, who is the Hulk’s inferior in every way at this point, stands up to him unintimidated and proves that he, is literally a ‘man without fear.’  Truly, a really superb moment to be found from any of the recent issues and showing that Hulk, as a title, is definitely on an upswing.

4 out of 5

The New 52 Futures End #36
The New 52 Futures End #36

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens
Artist -Scot Eaton
Colours – Hi-Fi

Amethyst takes Frankenstein to the House of Mystery in the hopes that someone there will be able to cure him as he is not too far away from death’s door.  When Constantine shows up, sarcastic and almost mocking, it does not help matters all that much and only ends with him getting a sword in the gut.  People are a little wary of working with Fifty Sue and for good reason, Terry McGinnis takes a break from it all, Superman is also tired of Constantine and Firestorm is looking for a little help.  There is a lot of ongoing plots in the book, but little of anything really happening.  The heroes in this title have more downtime than any other hero in any other book and the threat that is present, while it seems to be viable and essentially apocalyptic to the human race, is rarely ever dealt with.  If this book was meant to be a character study of our heroes at the brink of annihilation, then the title is succeeding because all they do is talk and hang out and get in a scuffle once in a while.  The excitement that was felt in that initial zero issue of the series, that adrenaline even of thinking that this series was going to be the big event book from DC in weekly form has rarely been repeated and it is a shame to say the least.  This issue, while it did have some interesting moments, namely the Frankenstein segment more than any others, was only so-so.

3 out of 5

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