Planet Hulk #1 | Writers: Sam Hunphries, Greg Pak | Artists: Marc Laming, Takeshi Miyazawa, Leonard Kirk | Colorist: Jordan Boyd, Rachelle Rosenberg, Tamra Bonvillain | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $4.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
Sam Hunphries and Greg Pak hit comic book fans with a pretty snazzy 1-2 punch as they implement the beloved story arc of Planet Hulk into Marvel’s current big event, Secret Wars.
The other part of the combination deals with a gladiator Steve Rogers and his trusty steed in the form of a giant red t-Rex, Devil Dinosaur kicking ass and taking names.
I couldn’t help but notice the bump up in price compared to the other Secret Wars tie in books. The book is certainly thicker, but does it add up in the realm of content? Of course, all things in Battleworld leads back to Doctor Doom who is now referred to as God Doom.
Seeing a beaten down Steve Rogers being forced down at the feet of Doom harkens back to Secret Wars circa 1984. In that outing, Doom obtained ultimate power and Rogers got into his head by turning his own hubris against him.
Their interaction in this current state of affairs dropped some hints as to whether or not Doom remembers everything before Marvel’s version of the big bang. It would make sense considering he is the shot caller, but many of the characters remember bits and traces of their past without realizing what it really means.
Enough about Doom and Rogers though. The book is called Planet Hulk and you want to hear about how they wreck shop and cause total destruction. Greenland is the name of this Gamma infested region that has been carved out for Hulk like beings.
Sam Humphries sets things up nicely by establishing how dangerous this place is as it is conveyed to be the most feared places in Battleworld.
Greg Pak writes a nice little back story that shows life in Greenland before, well, it turned green. The cover had a retro sixties vibe, which almost seemed like a gag at first.
However, even though Battleworld is a bastardization of reality, these are still real people who live their lives until things took a turn for the worst. Pak’s gives Planet Hulk perspective through this origin story.
Most of the time, tie in books fail to add any real depth to the overarching story they are trying to enhance. While it would have been nice to see more of Planet Hulk in its current form, Humphries did a great job of establishing everyone’s role where green goliath’s appear to play background noise to a much larger issue at hand.
Score: 4 out of 5