- Written by: Greg Pak
- Art by: Manuel Garcia, Cam Smith
- Colors by: Chris Sotomayor
- Letters by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
- Cover art by: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Chris Sotomayor
- Cover price: $3.99
- Release date: December 14, 2022
Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #2 sets Cho and his young companion on a quest to find the true Worldbreaker, Banner, and stop the Grand Priestess’s evil plans.
Is It Good?
Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #2 is starting to lose me on this series. In and of itself, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this issue, but Pak is two issues into a 5-issue limited series, and not much of note is happening. You could argue there’s a pacing problem here, but the truth feels closer to a lack of impact and urgency.
When last we left Amadeus Cho, he accepted that he wasn’t strong enough to stand up to Grand Priestess Verkiera’s forces and save the kidnapped Haarg children. His only option is to seek out the Worldbrekaer, Banner, and enlist the strongest Hulk of all to help. There’s just one problem. Banner hasn’t been seen in nearly a century, and his last fight left him an emotionally broken man/monster. Now, Cho tracks down Banner and finds out not much has changed, so a law-abiding Hulk may be Cho’s next best option.
To Pak’s credit, the walk from the Grand Priestess’s stronghold to Banner’s shack is eventful, and the confrontation between Banner and Cho is brimming with emotional weight, but if you peel back the layers on this issue, it could be summarized as “Cho finds Banner, Banner says ‘no’, Cho moves on.”
In fairness, the pacing is steady, and the dialogue is excellent. Again, this issue is fine, but Pak is taking a leisurely road to get to the attention-grabbing moments, so if you’re looking for big wow moments in a Hulk comic, lower your expectations.
The art by Garcia and Smith is also… fine. What little action there is in this comic happens quickly, so there’s not much eye candy to hold your attention, so the art’s value comes from the facial acting and the background sets. The facial acting is excellent as you get a clear sense of Banner’s downtrodden demeanor in exile. Likewise, the sets look breathtakingly alien.
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Bits and Pieces
Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #2 spends plenty of time building out the characters and the world of Sakaar a thousand years from now, but the plot takes a long road to get to the meat of the story. In isolation, there’s nothing technically wrong with this issue, but nothing in this issue grabs your attention or gets you excited for more.