Greg Pak has been writing lights-out on this series due to strong characters and dialogue. If you enjoy a well told character-centric tale you’re in the right place, but with the Weapon X program crossing over into this series you know it’s going to get all action packed. Can he balance character and action?

Totally Awesome Hulk #19
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Robert Gill
Publisher: Marvel Comics

So what’s it about?

Read our preview to find out more.

There’s also a preview of the crossover itself.

Why does this book matter?

This is drawn by Robert Gill; this is his first Marvel work to date, and he does not disappoint. And if you’re a fan of Wolverine, Domino or Sabretooth, this is probably a must buy for you.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

This issue opens well for folks who aren’t familiar with Cho’s Hulk as he quickly shows off his ego whilst helping out some astronauts. Given his bravado it’s no wonder they all die. Whoops. Pak kicks this issue off with an action scene with some rather angry missile wielding folks (just look below) without much of an explanation. In a genius move, Pak simply cuts to Old Man Logan and his chums who are also mysteriously looking for something. As the two story threads come together the comic satisfyingly explains what is going on complete with plenty of character wrinkles to satisfy readers.

Cho is totes the positive type.

The joy in reading this issue comes from said character wrinkles, from Sabretooth’s smug annoyance to Domino’s more flippant sort of calm. Cho of course is a bit arrogant and Pak explores how that personality goes up against hard edged killers like Logan, Sabretooth, and Domino. Speaking of Domino, she steals every scene she’s in and more than once she reminds us she’s going to be one hell of a character in the Deadpool sequel.

Gill draws a great issue that’s sharp, excellent at expressions, and good at capturing Hulk’s beefed up body. Clothes look natural which isn’t an easy task. There’s also a good use of panels bleeding into each other (like Hulk’s foot over an explosion) that lends to the ease of reading. It also creates a nice 3D effect.

Some arms you got there…

It can’t be perfect can it?

The plan of the villains, at least what has been revealed so far, does skate on the edge of been-there-done-that territory. The meat of the issue is going to be with the characters, but don’t expect any thought provoking stories from the rather summer-movie like plot.

Is It Good?

After reading this issue I’m all in for this crossover event. The varying personalities mean for fun character moments and dynamic storytelling at its core. The fact that there’s some kind of DNA splicing enemy just means we’re in for a big fun blockbuster. Isn’t that what summers are for?

Totally Awesome Hulk #19
Is It Good?
A fun start to what could be an exciting and must read crossover event.
Fun story due to great character moments
Tight art that's clean and pleasing
Unveils the story well
The villains plan is a been there done that affair (so far anyway)

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