It is a classic match up in the comic book world, namely the unstoppable Incredible Hulk versus the Fantastic Four’s resident rocky orange power house, the Thing. Both don’t give up much in terms of raw power and to a degree, invulnerability, making for a proper knock down slugfest every time these two go head to head.
But what happens when you turn this power battle of street shattering proportions over to one of the world’s finest producers of psychotic, stylized, twisted, dark and dramatic art, British-born 90’s punk comic art legend, Simon Bisley?
Well, then the epic battle looks a little something like this:
Apart from the pretty cool Hulk versus Wolverine short that made it straight to DVD in the form of Hulk Vs., Wolverine also managed to find himself going up against the unstoppable rampage that is the Incredible Hulk in Wolverine and the X-Men episode 7, entitled “Wolverine vs. the Hulk”.
Episode 7 of Wolverine and the X-Men is another solo Wolverine episode as he finds himself getting blackmailed by Nick Fury to lend a helping hand to S.H.I.E.L.D., this time to quell an apparently rampaging Incredible Hulk that seems to be destroying a great deal of small towns in the remote Canadian wilderness.
Of course, as with everything that involves Nick Fury, not all is as it seems and after a knockdown, fist bloodying fight, Wolverine and a transformed Bruce Banner finally get their heads around what exactly is going on here – not that it’s all that much of a help when it comes to dealing with the mutagenic Wendigo monster of course!
However, despite all the battles that come to pass, there is really only one thing on Wolverine’s mind when he finally comes face to face with good old Nick again – payback.
And this time it’s going to be courtesy of a rampaging Hulk!
(Though he might take a nasty flight through the chilly air to initiate it of course!)
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolverine_and_the_X-Men
Did I mention that all of a sudden all my t-shirts happen to feature Marvel superhero characters? I don’t know how this happened (clue: it was Christmas’ fault) but I do know that it is awesome – and I like it! :P
So in no particular order and because I want to share these awesome Marvel t-shirts garnered from the most unlikely of sources namely Pick ‘n Pay Clothing Store and Mr. Price here are the latest batch of shirts in my T-Shirt Geekery collection!
“Hulk smash” is the classic line uttered by the fearsome greensome, and so it makes for the perfect comic fodder if we extend it just that little bit extra by throwing on an additional ‘ed’ at the end of it.
After all, it really can’t be a good idea to mix a psychopathic monster with loads of alcohol now can it?
Anyway, the digital pencils on this one really are all over the place. Not great, I’ll give you that, but I did have fun when I did it way back when. A good example if you keep coming back as to just how much my digital pencils keep improving! :P
(And comedy routine for that matter!)
Ooh, my fanboy inside kicked into overdrive when I spotted these two awesome Marvel merchandise shirts, featuring the Incredible Hulk and Silver Surfer, at Pick ‘n Pay of all places yesterday, forcing me to instantly purchase them (for only R40 a piece) without so much as a second thought.
They’re cool, they’re awesome and they bring out the colour of my eyes.
’nuff said! :P
You won’t like him when he’s angry – Bruce Banner endures a life without a past, yet filled with dreams. Adopted as a child, he knows nothing about his parents and their story. Plagued by unexplained nightmares, Bruce continually struggles with tumultuous fits of anxiety, embarrassment and rage.
As a genetic scientist studying the regenerative effects of gamma radiation on damaged tissue, Bruce wages an escalating battle with the unknown monster inside him. Catalyzed by a freak lab accident, his inner conflict culminates when he becomes the most powerful being on the face of the earth – the Hulk.
General “Thunderbolt” Ross – backed by an army of tanks, helicopters and soldiers – aims to destroy the powerful and ever-growing Hulk. In this exquisitely told, brooding, romantic tale, Banner – a hunted abomination – strives to mend his relationship with General Ross’s daughter, Betty, and uncover the answers to his enigmatic past.
…Well, I’m not sure where the copy writers pulled that last bit of text from because unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth, especially the “exquisitely told, brooding, romantic tale” part if you ask me.
Hulk: The Movie is the trade paperback released as the official movie adaptation of Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk and is written by Bruce Jones (based on James Shamus’ screenplay), penciled by Mark Bagley and inked by Scott Hanna. Thanks to the rather short length of the movie adaptation, the trade paperback tries to pad things out by also adding material swiped from Incredible Hulk #34 by Bruce Jones, John Romita Jr. and Tom Palmer, The Ultimates #5 by Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch and Andrew Currie, and Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #2 and #3 by Brian Michael Bendis, Phil Hester and Ande Parks.
Firstly it must be said that the quality of the actual movie adaptation section is surprisingly poor, particularly when you consider that it is crafted by three professionals that usually produce rather fine work. The story by Bruce Jones reads very rushed, very disorientated and very broken, leaving you with a disappointing “I paid money for this?” feeling when you come to the end of the Hulk: The Movie chapter. It is seriously so bad that you should consider just skipping the first half of the book completely and move on to the other harvested material that they have thankfully chosen to add to the volume.
Even more surprising than the poor level of writing is the rather poor artwork from the usually interesting and solid Mark Bagley that has wowed us so much with his Spider-man work in the past. I’m not sure if it is just because Scott Hanna’s clean style of inking doesn’t mesh that well with Bagley’s inks, but whatever the case is, the artwork leaves a lot to be desired and is certainly not the quality you would expect from a top flight comic book artist team.
Thankfully though the trade paperback is saved by the inclusion of some really good bonus material and the stuff pulled from Incredible Hulk #34, The Ultimates #5, and Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #2 and #3 present a nice varied bit of reading with some great, stylish artwork and some decent writing, particularly the chapter out of The Ultimates, that although inconclusive provides some great Hulk material and actually teases you into wanting to pick up the continuations of those bonus books as soon as possible.
Sure Hulk: The Movie comes in a glossy, full-colour package with an awesome cover that calls out “good stuff inside”, but seriously, you can safely skip the rather poor movie adaptation and it would be best if you went out and bought something else rather than waste your money on this bit of a letdown of a book.
Related link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulk_(film)
It has been five years since Dr. Bruce Banner fled as a fugitive from the United States of America, and has been on the run ever since, currently finding himself eking out a living in a bottling factory in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The reason he is here is simple – in an experiment gone wrong, scientist Bruce Banner was subjected to a lethal dose of gamma radiation… except the radiation did in fact not kill him but instead created a twisted green behemoth that is bigger and stronger than any man could ever be and is fuelled only by rage and anger. This ‘Hulk’ destroyed the lab and even hospitalized his colleague and lover, Betty Ross before going on an even bigger rampage.
Now, in an effort to calm down and find a cure to this affliction, Bruce finds himself stuck with the poorest of the poor, far away from those that he might hurt or those who want to capture him and turn his potential for destruction for their own purposes, like the military forces of the U.S. who seem more than a little intent on his capture.
However, with the persistent General Ross, Betty’s father and for who this hunt is both a matter of personal and national importance, Bruce never really has time to rest and as he is soon about to find out, not even Brazil is far enough to escape the clutches of the U.S. military forces!
Emil Blonsky is a highly decorated career soldier who gets pulled aboard General Ross’ capture plans and his first taste of the Hulk leaves a more than bitter taste in his mouth. But with a desire to not lose to any man, the increasingly obsessed Emil is prepared to take anything to level the playing fields between him and the Hulk – even if it means turning himself into the very monster he hopes to capture!
All this means a madcap game of cat and mouse as Bruce races to cure himself with the help of his remaining friends in the States while the army forever closes in on him. However, even if they do find him, all they do is make him mad. And you won’t like puny little Bruce Banner when he’s angry…
The Incredible Hulk is 2008 release by Marvel Studios and is directed by Louis Leterrier, best known for his two Transporter and Unleashed movies. The movie stars Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/the Hulk, Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, William Hurt as General Ross and Tim Roth as the Emil Blonsky/the Abomination.
After Ang Lee’s disappointingly intellectual 2003 Hulk, Leterrier was determined to bring this new movie back to its fugitive story roots and therefore decided to reboot the Hulk franchise once more, and in the process align the new movie closer to the original TV series and comic book run. And admittedly, I must say that he has done an excellent job of giving Hulk back to us fans.
The story is well written and manages to explore the dual obsessions of a man searching for a cure while battling with his inner demons in order not to hurt anyone else, as well as a man obsessed with serving his country and extracting his personal vengeance at the same time. The movie manages to pull you in, make you emphathise with the likeable main character and then push you to the edge of your seat as it finishes things off with a big, very loud bang. There’s romance, intrigue, drama and plenty of action, making Hulk the perfect blockbuster movie.
Ed Norton turns out to be a superb choice as the titular Hulk/Bruce Banner as he manages to capture the essence of the character perfectly, churning out one of the most believable, vulnerable scientist Bruce Banners in a long time. Liv Tyler puts in her usual loving damsel performance to great effect, while William Hurt does an excellent job as the obsessed general who will stop at nothing to complete his mission and press Hulk in the army’s service. However, when it comes to the supporting characters, then certainly Tim Roth must take the cake as Emil Blonsky, the slightly psychotic career solider who fears nothing and will take anything on – even if it is the bloody Hulk for goodness sake!
Visually, The Incredible Hulk is a masterpiece with the cinematographers finally managing a believable blend of CG and live-action, a far cry from what was achieved with the 2003 movie. Special attention has been paid to colouring and textures, particularly for the Hulk himself and the result is a much meaner, more aggressive looking creature that blends in with the live-action surroundings in a far more convincing manner.
Of course with all the military ordinance being thrown around and the sheer destructive power of both the Hulk and the Abomination, the special effects guys have been kept on their toes as well, with almost all the explosive action sequences coming out top notch. Of course, Leterrier didn’t want to be outdone by all the special effects either I imagine, and has managed the more mundane traditional film work with just as steady a hand, breathing some atmospheric and visually enjoyable sequences into the film in the process.
Hollywood film score veteran, composer Craig Armstrong has been pulled onboard for the soundtrack for The Incredible Hulk and he churns out a powerful score than complements and fits the movie like a glove.
In summary, I have to say that The Incredible Hulk left me happy. It is a great action-packed movie that has a decent story to tell, it has some fantastic visuals and some great performances as well, and it makes enough comic references to keep fanboys like myself happy to boot! This certainly is one of the better superhero movies out there, and it would be a shame for you to miss it, even if you don’t know who the Hulk is in the first place!
Related link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800080/