Sunday, May 23, 2010
HULK #22 - Marvel
Almost this entire issue is spent with the Red Hulk battling all the various Hulked-Out-Heroes. There's a little bit of personal analysis on his part, but . . nothing really that we haven't heard before. We do see however that Doc Samson has apparently outlived his usefulness to the Intelligencia. It was his Cathaxis Ray that turned all of these heroes into Hulks. And the Leader is confident that the combination of Gamma radiation and Cosmic rays will burn them out and they'll all die. We'll see how that works out for him. Also Samson is worried about the psychological affects of sending the Red She Hulk in to kill the Red Hulk. 'Her psyche is to fragile. If she were to actually murder him . . .' The problem is, somewhere along the line the Leader fell in love with her. He'll never admit it, but . . it's clouded his decisions. Now we all know that the Red She Hulk is actually Betty. We found that out in Incredible Hulk #609. But we don't know who the Red Hulk is. But obviously it's somebody close to her. That leaves 2 people . . Talbot, or her father. Supposedly her father is dead, but . . deaths have been faked before. It wouldn't be that much of a stretch. Anyways, they get in a battle and as happens with the Red Hulk when he gets mad, he starts to overheat. He really has no way to release the energy, other than calming down. But the Red She Hulk decides that she's going to siphon off that energy instead . . and everything else that he's got. She figures that when his power has been dispersed she'll kill him. But when she looks, she sees her father's face. The Red Hulk is actually General Ross. Not a huge surprise, but . . we'll find out more next issue when they give us the origin of the Red Hulk. Jeph Loeb has done a great job with this series. It's hard to believe that he's kept this under wraps for 22 issues. I know there were hints and clues out there, but . . they were all rather vague. And usually ended up pointing towards 2 or 3 people, rather than just one. But now . . the cat's out of the bag . . as it were. But I don't think this is anywhere near the end of the story. In fact, I'm sure Jeph considers this . . only the beginning . . a 22 issue introduction. Now the fun can start. By the way, terrific job on the art by Ed McGuinness. But I expected nothing less.