Lately I’ve been reading lots of “deeper” titles. By “deeper” I mean books that are more than just men in tights or the latest event gimmick. There’s nothing wrong with complex books but occasionally I need to get back to my superhero roots. I need a good dose of men and women in spandex just knocking the stuffing out of each other for no apparent reason. And this week I was lucky enough to get pointless superheroics in spades in the latest Hulk collection. That’s right, I read the Red Hulk saga by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness.
In case you weren’t aware, a red Hulk appeared and started causing trouble. In the first issue the red Hulk kills the original Abomination. In the second issue he attacks the SHIELD Helicarrier. In the third issue he battles the new Abomination, who happens to be Rick Jones. In the fourth issue he battles the original, green Hulk. In the fifth issue he battles Thor. And in the sixth issue he battles Thor AND the green Hulk. All six issues involve some color Hulk in an over-the-top, massively destructive battle and it’s wonderful.
Here it is: I liked this book. It isn’t a new version of Watchmen but it isn’t meant to be. This is a strict superhero slug fest with lots of pointless action. This is nothing but an excuse to watch some color of Hulk smash things.