- 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: April 20, 2022
Hulk #6 concludes the current arc with a confrontation between alt-Bruce and alt-Ross, imaginary Betty letting the mask slip, and Hulk achieving a new stage of evolution.
Was It Good?
Questions. It always comes down to questions. A good story will leave you with good questions such as “What happens next?”, “Where do we go from here?”, or “What does the future hold?”. A story that falls short leaves you with too many stumbling questions such as “What happened?”, “Who’s that?”, “or “Can somebody explain to me what just happened?”. Guess which kinds of questions come out of this issue.
YES! I knew you’d get it because Weird Science readers (aka Weirdos) are the smartest readers.
Hulk #6 is an odd entry in the series and an odd way to finish the arc. It’s odd because this is the most gripping, engaging issue in the series as Cates and Ottley ratchet up the tension and build momentum to match a runaway freight train. The story grabs you and doesn’t let go. That’s good stuff.
However, there are too many stumbling questions that leave you feeling like Cates and Ottley didn’t think this through and rushed through to finish the arc. The Betty-not-Betty is revealed to be something, but we never learn what it is, what it wants, or where it goes. Starship Hulk hulks out into something new (Uber-Hulk? Super-Hulk? Mega-Hulk?) with no explanation as to how or why it happens. Betty-not-Betty gives a nebulous hint through a villainous monologue about Hulk’s evolution but it doesn’t make sense and doesn’t account for how or why Hulk is able to transform into this new version. And still, we have no idea why Banner went to such great lengths to take this trip in the first place.
By the end of the intense-yet-confusing issue, Hulk is back to Starship Hulk status, the conflict between alt-Banner and alt-Ross is resolved, and Starship Hulk is off again through the InBetween to face his next adventure.
The art between Ottley and Rathburn is… fine. I appreciate the lean into blood and gore, recognizing that Hulk’s violence has consequences. It is a visually interesting comic, even if some of the action (regenerating cybernetics? laser eyebeams?) doesn’t make any sense.
Bits and Pieces
Hulk #6 concludes the arc with gripping tension and epic battles offset with too many unresolved plot points and confusing developments. If Cates’s plan was to keep readers hooked by playing coy, that wasn’t the right choice. Overall, this issue keeps your attention but be prepared to come away with plenty of frustration.