Review: Indestructible Hulk #1

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1 (MARK WAID: WRITER, LEINIL YU: ARTIST)

Throughout the past few weeks we have been seeing a lot of the Marvel Now! titles being released. I must admit that I was not excited for Indestructible Hulk at all. The Hulk is not really a character I am interested in. This is the first Hulk title that I have picked up and I was surprised with what I saw.

Hulk is known for smashing and destroying things, but you can’t do that for an entire issue, every issue. Mark Waid gives us a reason to continue reading from the start. That reason is Bruce Banner.

Having one of the best minds in the world, Bruce is in the same league as Tony Stark and Reed Richards. However, he hasn’t used his “Banner time” to invent new technologies or fix problems in the world. Waid shows us that Banner has come to terms with the Hulk as a chronic illness. The focus for Banner for so many years has been to find a cure for the Hulk. That search is at an end, and Banner wants to do better for the world. Although, a book that is just about Bruce Banner researching would be a boring one. Luckily, this book has “Hulk” in the title, so we are guaranteed some smashage. Banner makes a deal to allow S.H.I.E.L.D. to use the Hulk as a cannon in exchange for a lab.

As I was re-reading this issue I thought back to Uncle Ben’s words in Spider-Man, “With great power comes great responsibility.” It’s a different situation, but at it’s core this is the epiphany that Banner has had. It’s time to step it up.

Waid does a fantastic job with setting up this series. We know that there are two ways stories can go. Bruce working on a case or S.H.I.E.L.D. sending out the Hulk. More than likely we are going to see these elements intertwine as the series continues. For a first issue we are given a good introduction to the central character, a glimpse of who the supporting cast may be, and also a purpose and drive for the character. The art by Yu is also fantastic, and I should not forget to mention that.

As I said at the beginning, I was not interested in the Hulk, but Waid and Yu surprised me with an excellent #1 issue. If you are a new reader, this is a great jumping on point.

8/10 A fantastic introduction by Waid supported by superb art by Yu. Regardless of if you are a Hulk fan or not, pick this book up!