Indestructible Hulk #5

by lucstclair on March 20, 2013

Drowning and gasping for air, the Hulk sinks like a rock into the cold & bottomless pit of the ocean. Meanwhile, Attuma readies his secret weapon to take back what he believes is rightfully his… the throne of Atlantis!

The Team

Written by Mark Waid (Daredevil by Mark Waid : Vol. 1, Irredeemable Vol. 1) and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu (Superior, Supercrooks, Secret Invasion). Published by Marvel Comics.

The Pros & Cons

You know when you think about it, the Hulk’s has seen his share of battles, fights with extremely powerful beings and always lived to tell about or at least babble incoherently. He’s fought gods, heroes, robots, aliens, monsters, WMD.s and even himself. There’s one thing no amount of punching, stomping, kicking or growling could do to stop this assailant and it’s simply… drowning. Like or not, the Hulk needs oxygen to survive and even possessing the world’s best healing factor, once the liquid overtakes you, down you go. Now grant it, it doesn’t help the Hulk much when there’s a giant mutant octopus squeezing you like a lemon, but I’m making a point here. Water could potentially kill the Hulk. Hey Hydro Man you listening?
This was a neat and short 2 part story that puts S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Hulk right smack in the middle of an Atlantean civil war. The mighty warlord Attuma has a deadly chemical weapon that could turn the tide (no pun intended) of this underwater war, which would lead to the pink surface dwellers (that’s us) demise.
What’s great about this series is how Mark Waid has spun the Hulk into a positive direction. Sure he still smashes & destroys, but it’s for the benefit of mankind and it doesn’t hurt that Bruce Banner is one of the brightest minds in the Marvel U (yeah I’m talking to you Reed Richards).
What also makes this title such a wonderful series are Leinil Francis Yu’s illustrations, his slick and almost oily drawings make the bad guys larger than life, the women seductive & sexy and the sea monsters scarier than Jules Verne’s worst nightmare. It breaks my heart that this is his final issue, but hopefully not his last. On the other hand, the legendary Walter Simonson takes over the pencilling duties starting with next issue. Simply put, that gives me the biggest nerdgasm ever.

The Outcome

Like he did with Daredevil (and still does), Mark Waid has taken the Hulk to new and exciting heights. This is definitely one of Marvel Now’s better titles and I simply can’t recommend it enough.

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