The Creators – Greg Pak – Writer, Matteo Buffagni – Artist, Dono Sánchez-Almara – Colours, VC’s Cory Petit – Letters
The Players – Amadeus Cho, Bruce Banner (Hulks)
The Story – Amadeus Cho – the Totally Awesome Hulk, travels back in time somehow and ends up meeting Bruce Banner when he was still a simple Hulk. It is here that Amadeus realizes something from his counterpart, a truth that he has been refusing to admit and it finally opens his eyes to just what it is that he has become.
The Take – Greg Pak has told some of the best Hulk stories ever written and while this tale was a good one and is the first chapter in the latest Marvel event/non-event, it is more of a character piece than anything else that takes a look at the two Hulks and how they not only differ, but how they are one and the same. Going into this blind, it was unknown what to expect, but Pak delivers a done-in-one story, something that is hardly ever done anymore and he makes it meaningful for the current Hulk, one Amadeus Cho. Cho might be one of the smartest people in all of the Marvel Universe, but he simply does not know everything there is to know and by visiting a version of Banner from the past, he learned something he was refusing to acknowledge – that the Hulk is a monster and at some point, the Hulk will do what all monsters do. There are times in the main title where the Amadeus Hulk feels like it has run out of steam, perhaps Pak not knowing exactly where he wants to take the character, but with this book, he sets out a clear path and direction for Cho, one that will have him examining the monster inside and just how it is that he is going to deal with it. Aiding Pak on the book is Matteo Buffagni and Dono Sánchez-Almara on the artistic side of things and they do a great job of translating the script to the page, of showing all the rage and fury of a Hulk unchecked. The book looks great and it reads well too and for those who think it might just be a throwaway issue from an event that does not matter, they would be wrong. It may be hard to judge the event at the moment, but this story is not one to be so easily discarded, especially if a fan of the Hulk. The only drawback from purchasing this book is the cover price and at this point in the game, Marvel will do what it wants to do.
Worth it? – Yes