Daily Archives: March 5, 2009

Late Edition… Really Late

Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk #3
Writer: Damon Lindelof
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Colors: Dave McCaig
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover artists: Leinil Francis Yu (regular)/Adam Kubert (variant)
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $2.99 US

It’s been so long since the original publication of the first two issues of Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk that the series has taken on almost a legendary status in the world of delayed super-hero comics (though Kevin Smith’s perpetually unfinished Daredevil: The Target will no doubt be seen as the King of Comics That Never Were). The biggest selling point of this study in excess was that it’s penned by Damon Lindelof, co-creator of TV’s Lost. When the series began, the show was at its zenith of popularity, and while it’s still going strong, the bloom is off the rose a bit. As a result, readers and retailers are left with loud comic book set in a shared continuity that’s in the process of being dismantled in Jeph Loeb and David Finch’s poorly received Ultimatum. There is some entertainment to be gleaned from these pages, but I can’t help but wonder what the point of the exercise is now.

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Quick Critiques – March 5, 2009

Incredible Hercules #126 (Marvel Comics)
by Fred Van Lente, Greg Pak, Rodney Buchemi & Greg Adams/Pak & Takeshi Miyazawa

Who would have thought that an ongoing title featuring Marvel’s incarnation of Hercules would not only last well into a second year but would garner solid sales and critical acclaim? Writers Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente have done an amazing job of breathing new life into the title character, balancing both his history in the Marvel Universe with ancient Greek myths. But more than that, they’ve managed to transform the blowhard character into someone the audience can cheer for, but they’ve done so without completely undoing what’s come before them. The origin story that serves as this issue’s main feature is immersed in the mythic side of the character, obviously, but the script does a great job of capturing that classic feel with a more grounded tone. The art by Buchemi is absolutely lovely, and the historical and mythic qualities are reinforces by the muted colors and the lettering.

As a bonus in the backup feature, writer Greg Pak re-teams with the artist he worked with on the very first Amadeus Cho story from Amazing Fantasy v.2 #15 a few years ago. The plot isn’t one that was screaming out to be told — Cho seeks out his pet coyote, which was replaced by a Skrull infiltrator — but it’s a treat to see Cho in the spotlight and looking appropriately youthful, thanks to Miyazawa’s art. This short story will be a must for fans of Amadeus Cho, who merits the spotlight this series and Mighty Avengers has afforded him as of late. 8/10

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