- Written by: Donny Cates,Ryan Ottley
- Art by: Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn
- Colors by: Frank Martin
- Letters by: VC’s Cory Petit
- Cover art by: Ryan Ottley, Romulo Fajardo Jr.
- Cover price: $3.99
- Release date: February 16, 2022
Hulk #4 turns up the heat on the Hulk engine room what alt-Bruce’s mountain lair is discovered by President Ross and the armed forces arrive to show what “real” Hulkbusting looks like.
Was It Good?
Way back in time, in the long-fogotten year of 2021, we reviewed Hulk #1 and wondered “this is weird. this could be interesting or not. let’s see where it goes.” Now in the far flung future of 2022 and Hulk #4, we see Cates went through a lot of trouble to created a complicated setup as an excuse to have Hulk smash.
Hulk smashes big monsters. Hulk smashes Marvel zombies. Hulk smashes Spider-Hulk. So, far that’s all this title has become – a great excuse for Cates to position Hulk into scenarios where he you see a lot of bloody violence and smashing. That’s it.
If you’re looking for a thoughtful story with strong emotional beats, look elsewhere. If you’re craving a Hulk story that progresses the character or explores untapped potential in Hulk’s canon, you’ll be left hungry. If you desirous or rich, complex storytelling that takes a man-become-monster and elevates him in new and exciting ways, prepare to be blue… err, greenballed.
On the other hand, if you simply want to plunk down $3.99 to watch a remote controlled Hulk smash stuff with no plan in mind other than to smash MORE stuff, this one is for you.
Set your expectations accordingly.
Bits and Pieces
Hulk #4 is proving this series is little more than an excuse for Cates to have Hulk smash stuff. There’s no rich storytelling or even a plot to be found in this title, so if smashing is all you want, smashing is all you’ll get.