Mind Capsules – The Totally Awesome Hulk #4 and Uncanny X-Men #5

The Totally Awesome Hulk #4
The Totally Awesome Hulk #4

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

Amadeus Cho has never had much luck with the ladies and now there is one that wants to take him away to Seknarf Nine where he can roam free and to do as he likes with Lady Hellbender at his side. His sister Maddy does not want him to go obviously and it makes She-Hulk just a little sick to the stomach thinking about it and yet, though Amadeus considers it for a second, he chooses to stay on Earth, though not without battling a few giant monsters before all is said and done. It is good to have Greg Pak back on the Hulk even if it is not the Hulk that we all know and love as he has brought a sense of fun to the title, as well as a little bit of mystery concerning Bruce Banner which is finally revealed here. That final chapter finds Tony Stark and the Black Panther unable to do anything to help Bruce with his current problem, which sees him about to blow up and destroying a whole lot of everything if he cannot be contained. Amadeus knows what to do though, despite the distrust that T’Challa and Tony might feel. It is slightly predictable as you had to know where Amadeus would get his powers from, but it is still good to see and it then leaves you with another lingering question, namely what is Bruce Banner up to now? Despite his absence, Amadeus under Pak’s guiding hand has been doing a great job of living up to his predecessor’s name. Sure, he may have a shorter attention span being a teenager and all, so it is good to see that he has a guiding hand helping him along in the form of his sister. Frank Cho is one of the better artists to delineate the Hulk in a long time, not only making him ferocious when need be, but giving the artwork a sense of brevity and humour simultaneously, complimenting the story perfectly. Lady Hellbender is also a perfect villain, one who is not so much a villain in the classic sense but a foil for our hero nonetheless and one that fills a much needed spot in the Hulk’s pantheon of adversaries as he has not had a good, new foe in quite some time. All in all, as the first arc of the book comes to a close, the creative team has done a great job in setting up the new status quo and it will be interesting to see what comes next.

4 out of 5

Uncanny X-Men #5
Uncanny X-Men #5

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Greg Land
Inker – Jay Leisten
Colours – Nolan Woodward
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna

Cullen Bunn and Greg Land wrap up the first story to grace the latest Uncanny X-Men volume and it is the best issue by far of the series. The Dark Riders think they have Magneto and Triage cornered on Genosha and things could not be further from the truth. It is soon made apparent that Magneto wanted the Dark Riders on Genosha, that he had a plan all along and as such, they pay the price with most of them being unable to ever return. This is also the last time that we as readers will ever see Genosha due to Magneto’s actions and it has been a long time in the coming. After Genosha was laid waste those many moons ago, it has continually popped up in various stories featuring Magneto, Professor X and others. While it might not have died right away, it has been dying a slow death for far too many years and it is good to see it finally put out of its misery. It might not have been a main character in the book, but it was a character nonetheless and it is a little sad to see it go no matter how deserved. By the end of the issue, Bunn has our characters stop by X-Haven as well as revealing the Uncanny X-Men’s new headquarters in the Savage Land before leaving the book off on a bit of a cliff-hanger and bringing together a previous plotline into the main one. Land’s pencils look as good as ever and it is good to see him back on the X-books after quite some time away. Though the story of the Dark Riders gets tied up nice and neat, there are still some unresolved threads, namely the mystery of the Someday Corporation, who Mystique and Fantomex work for and exactly what is going on with Archangel and will he ever regain the mind he has lost. Also, have Magneto’s powers finally returned to what they once were or is he still bolstering them artificially and if so, will he ever regain full control of them? There is a lot to discover as of yet so it is a good thing that the book is in great hands.

3.5 out of 5

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