Written by: Donny Cates, Ryan Ottley
Art by: Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn
Colors by: Sonia Oback, Marte Gracia
Letters by: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover art by: Ryan Ottley, Matt Hollingsworth
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: November 2, 2022
Hulk #10 brings the consequences of the past together to form Hulk World – a planet populated with people who evolved from unfortunate victims of Gamma radiation exposure. A world Hulk may finally be able to call “Home.”
Is It Good?
Hulk #10 is a significant improvement over the previous issues in the Cates/Ottley run because it does two things that generate intrigue.
But first, a word about the story. When we last left Hulk, he followed a mysterious signal that led him to a planet populated by Hulks. Now, we catch up with Hulk where he learns how the planet came to be and a surprising new development that spells trouble for Hulk in the future.
Back to the intriguing bits. First, Cates and Ottley spend a significant amount of time on this issue world- and character-building as the foundation for a story that appears to be going somewhere. We’ve dinged this series repeatedly for spending too many issues on mindless Hulk smashing without having anything else to say.
The action should integrate with and further the story in an ideal situation. In fairness, there’s almost no action on this issue, so you could argue Cates and Ottley tip too far in the other direction, but this issue is a needed breather to help lay a foundation.
Second, Hulk World is formed as a consequence of events that happened in previous issues. To the previous point, those issues that were nothing more than mindless action set pieces have become fuel for interesting developments in this issue. Perhaps those action set pieces were always part of a larger plan, so we shall see.
Going forward, we now know Hulk Planet is populated with “evolved” Hulks, they revere Bruce as a legendary figure, and routine testing of Bruce’s health reveals something troubling. All good stuff and solid storytelling. If Cates and Ottley can keep this up, months of patience may be paying off.
About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.
Hulk #10 takes a break from the mindless, pointless action to build Hulk World, showing that the mindless action may have had a point. The art’s excellent, and the writing is technically on-point, so this run may be worth the patience after all.