REVIEW: Indestructible Hulk #15

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Written By: Mark Waid
Art By: Kim Jacinto / Colours By: Val Staples and Lee Loughridge / Letters By: Cory Petit
Price: $3.99

The finale of a Indestructible Hulk’s “Agent of T. I. M. E.” story arc is here. The question now is, is it as epic as the final pages of last issue would lead you to believe it should be?

Quite frankly, no, it isn’t. And for a story that has an Uberhulk/Hulk Squared rampaging around from page one, it’s hard to see that as anything but a disappointment. I can’t say that this was an inherently bad issue, I just feel like Mark Waid missed the target on this one. There are a few cool moments, certainly, such as Bruce Banner actually getting to yell at General Ross without Hulking out, but that didn’t really make up for the revelation that the entire arc is basically an elaborate prison break that Hulk/Banner have been duped into, or the complete lack of a physical confrontation between the re-Hulked past Banner with future Banner’s mind and the Uberhulk. This issue, let alone this whole arc have been a giant time paradox, but there was great potential here to change the Hulk’s status quo. Unfortunately, at least on the surface, the end result is more akin to hitting the reset button. Yes, Mark Waid teases us with the idea that something has changed  but that is a plot point that is left hanging to be dealt with at a later time as it’s evidently of no immediate consequence.

Again, this isn’t really a bad issue, just a disappointing one. A cool idea that just seemed to fizzle out in the end. It should be easy to recommend an issue featuring an Uberhulk on its own merits, but it don’t feel like I can do that here. Without having read the rest of the arc I expect it would come off as far mor nonsense than what entertainment value is there s actually worth.

Score: 6.5

Michael Bowie

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