The Best Comics in April Part 2: Local Love and Nightmares
Each month the staff at 8th Dimension Comics picks out the best book to review. Check out our Part 1.
Hulk #2: If you ask me it's always been very hard to make Hulk great in his own book. There are exceptions, of course, but as an ongoing series he's a tough sell. Well, I've got nothing but good things to say about Mark Waid's latest take.
Bruce Banner is a shell of his former self after suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and transforming into Hulk during surgery. Now he's under surveillance in a small town believing that he is a mentally handicapped janitor named Bobby. The truth is SHIELD is desperate to find out who was behind the assassination attempt because they're convinced they'll try again. Sure enough, the mysterious forces behind the kill revive and send in the Abomination.
What's great about the book, and most of the Marvel universe at large right now, is how critically they're dealing with how walking disasters such as Hulk really affect the lives of ordinary people. More and more we're seeing the terrible consequences of super powers. What was Spidey's line about responsibility? He didn't know how right he was.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Haunted #1: Got some local love this month with two new series from Red 5 Comics and Scott Chitwood. First up is Haunted, and it's another doomsday scenario. Albeit, it's a pretty damned good one.
Much as I bristle over the fact that Chitwood has the large hadron collider opening up a portal to hell, it's a good enough premise to unleash demons on the world. Our hero is Sarah, a brutal young woman who stumbles across two men who might have the answer to driving back the demons. It's part The Last of Us and part Beyond: Two Souls, and all very fantastic. Danny Luckert's art in particular is beyond striking in the way he creates horrors. Most excellent work.
Rating: 8 of 10
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