- Written by: Donny Cates
- Art by: Martin Coccolo
- Colors by: Matt Wilson
- Letters by: VC’s Cory Petit
- Cover art by: Gary Frank, Brad Anderson
- Cover price: $3.99
- Release date: May 25, 2022
Hulk #7 finds Iron Man wielding the power of a Celestial to stop Hulk in his tracks. Tony soon finds out this is unlike any Hulk he’s faced before.
Was It Good?
Hulk #7 is picking up steam for the series and dropping hints that a bigger challenge lies ahead for the universe’s strongest Avenger. Similar to the first arc, Cates is content to steer clear of any meat in the story by distracting readers with big boom moments, however, the big booms contain kernels of information to move the plot forward. The plot isn’t leaping forward by miles, but at least it’s moving towards something.
When last we left Hulk, he was locked in an arena-style battle with Thor when tony Stark arrived in Celestial-powered Hulkbuster armor. Now, we get to see the full might of Tony’s new toy. The action is intense and more meaningful when compared to the mindless, throwaway action from the first arc. The destruction pushed Hulk further with each blow until he unleashes an explosion of fury with potentially worse consequences.
Now that the mystery of the El Paso incident is clear and no longer relevant, the story shifts focus to whatever dark presence may be infecting Hulk’s mind. We don’t get much explanation about the dark presence in this issue, but it helps to put a (nebulous) cause to the face of Hulk’s escalating power. By the end of the issue, Tony’s armor is much the worse for wear, Hulk is as dangerous as ever, and Thor’s in a place he’s never been before. All of these developments combine well to build intrigue and curiosity for what comes next.
The pacing is very good, the action via Coccolo and Wilson is exciting with impressive visuals, and the cliffhanger hooks you. We’re definitely curious to see what happens in Banner of War #4.
About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.
Bits and Pieces
Hulk #7 delivers with big action, hints surrounding a dark threat, and consequences. The art is captivating, and the plotting, pacing, and dialog are all excellent.