Mind Capsules – The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 and Plutona #3

The Totally Awesome Hulk #1
The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Writer – Greg Pak
Artist – Frank Cho
Colours – Sonia Oback
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

Taking place just after Secret Wars, eight months after to be exact, the book does not find a smart Hulk or a dumb Hulk or one of a different colour. Instead, the book debuts the start of an all-new Hulk, one Amadeus Cho written by classic Hulk scribe, Greg Pak. Quite a few people scoffed at the book when it was announced. It has a somewhat silly name and the savage Hulk we all know and love is nowhere to be found with Bruce Banner a seemingly normal person. Many asked how it could be any good, but like almost every book that has premiered during this latest reboot, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. In this first issue, we have no idea how Amadeus has become a Hulk, or in this case, ‘the’ Hulk. It picks up right in the middle of the action and one thing we do learn is that there are monsters popping up all over the world and because as such, Amadeus has tasked himself with capturing them all before they cause any significant damage. It is a big task and even though he has the powers of the Hulk, he needs a little help which is where his sister, Madame Curie or Maddy for short, comes in. A fun fact about Maddy is that she also just happens to be a super-genius which makes for an interesting dynamic between the brother and sister, more than it would have already been. Bruce does make a cameo in this book, though it takes place in the past and it reveals a little bit of what happened to him, though not all, instead whetting our appetites and saving that for some future issue. If the title did not already give it away, the book features more humour than it has in quite a while, if ever as a matter of fact. Pak’s new direction for the book is very entertaining though you wonder just how long he can keep it up until the more serious nature of the character and the savageness returns because you know it is only a matter of time. One of the better things about the book is that none of the old villains make an appearance and instead we get an all new menace in Lady Hellbender, the Monster Queen of Seknarf Nine. So with a good story, some new concepts and some really breathtaking art by Frank Cho, Totally Awesome Hulk is off to a great start.

4.5 out of 5

Plutona #3
Plutona #3

Writer – Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire
Artist – Emi Lenox
Colours – Jordie Bellaire
Letters – Steve Wands

Plutona is still dead, or at least the kids think so because it is hard to tell as her body is missing. But she has to be though, as nobody looks like that if they are just sleeping or sick or whatever. What they do not know is that Teddy has moved the body and he has an ulterior motive in mind that they cannot even fathom. The secret that Mie, Diane, Ray and Teddy have been keeping continues in this latest issue courtesy of Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox and it is just as compelling as the first two issues. There is no movement on the mystery of Plutona’s death, at least as far as the kids are concerned. The backup tale that the book provides finds our heroine in battle against one of her villains, but so far, nothing is out of the ordinary. Each of the characters is interesting for one reason or another, though Mie is the least intriguing of the bunch. Ray is the classic, misunderstood troublemaker. He has not had an easy life and is more like Teddy than he cares to admit, but in doing so he might show weakness and there is nothing in his world that would make him do so. He is at odds with everybody, though a little less with Mie and if he was not in the book, the group dynamic would be much different than it currently is. If anyone is bound to change though, it is Ray, though possibly Diane too, and he is a character to keep an eye on. The book is left on a cliff-hanger, a case of whether Teddy’s plan will come to fruition and while it is doubtful, there is always a chance as you never can tell in cases such as what was portrayed. A fun book which is a little uncomfortable at times watching the relationship between the kids, but one that rings true as it is written so well. A book that is well-worth picking up.

4 out of 5

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