Puny God (Incredible Hulk #712 Comic Review)

The Incredible Hulk: Return to Planet Hulk Part 4

Written by: Greg Pak

Art by: Greg Land

After taking on the mantle from Bruce Banner, Amadeus Cho is both the smartest and strongest one there is when he transforms into the Incredible Hulk!

The Story So Far:

Hulk has completed the third round of The Gauntlet and made the new Warlord of Sakaar none too happy in the process. Our favorite green giant has been on the fast track to victory ever since he landed, but it looks like the Warlord has a new trick up his sleeve. It’s time for Hulk to face an old friend from work if he wants to gain freedom for his clan.

Today’s Gamma-Fueled Issue:

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to tonight’s main event! In the green corner we have our challenger: the unstoppable, the terrifying…the Incredible Hulk! In the red corner we have the Warlord’s champion. You know him as Odinson, God of Thunder, the Prince of Asgard! It’s The Mighty Thor!  Can Hulk triumph over the Warlord’s dastardly plot and survive to the end of the Gauntlet? Come back next issue to find out!

Thoughts and Opinions:

This comic was a lot of fun to read. It’s a simple plot, but when Hulk gets to smash, it’s always a good time. Reading this brought back a lot of nostalgia from the first Planet Hulk story when Hulk took on the Silver Surfer. It’s awesome getting to see these characters duke it out in the arena and when the action hits that fever pitch, you get sucked right back to the days of playing action figures in your room as a kid. Even with all the action, Greg Pak manages to further build on Amadeus as a character with him truly facing what it means to be Hulk.

Should he let out the beast in order to survive or risk death and stay a better hero than Banner ever could? It’s an interesting moral dilemma that has me very excited to see more of in future issues. Once again, the art is mostly excellent. There’s bits of blood and dirt being kicked up during the melee and every hit feels brutal to look at. You can really sense the power behind the punches. Sadly, Greg Land still falls on old habits on occasion. To his credit, I only noticed it once this time, but it’s still a bit jarring when it occurs. If you’re wondering what I’m referring to, just google his name and you’ll see. Aside from this, the book is everything I would want from an issue of Hulk and I look forward to more.

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Jared Wood

Jared Wood

I'm just 23 year old nerd who loves Star Wars a bit too much and thinks Spider-Man 2099 deserves more recognition.
Summary
Hulk is all about action, strength and managing the beasts within. This issue covers all of those criteria very well. The Hulk and Thor fight is an awesome moment in the character's legacy and I can't wait to see what's in store for the next issue.
Good
  • Great Action
  • Character Growth
  • Fun and Exciting
Bad
  • Old artist habits
  • Warlord is a weak villain
8.5
Great
Story - 8.5
Art - 8.5
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I'm just 23 year old nerd who loves Star Wars a bit too much and thinks Spider-Man 2099 deserves more recognition.

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