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Subj: Re: IH #622 preview - Hulk vs Zeus is on!
Posted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 06:40:34 am EST (Viewed 55 times)
Reply Subj: Re: IH #622 preview - Hulk vs Zeus is on!
Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 at 07:51:13 pm EST (Viewed 14 times)

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How come every time Superman does something amazing it's Superman being amazing, but every time Hulk does something amazing it's his foes being dumbed down? You are witnessing the Hulk finally being given the treatment by Marvel that he deserves... you are seeing this great character rise to the fullness of his potential... you are finally audience to something I've known for 50 years... but you have Hulk in a slot in your head and you refuse to accept that he's much more than you want him to be, so it's bad writing. Hulk has outgrown the box you try to keep him in, face up to it.

No, You aren't acknowledging the point at hand. Am I (and others) imagining that Doctor Strange was written right down in World War Hulk? Was Sentry fighting rationally and to full effect? Did Banner/Hulk not make the likes of Reed Richards repeatedly look second rate? Was Doctor Doom not utterly dissed? Did Banner himself not note in #620 that Zom may be stronger than ever but luckily didn't have access to Stranges mystical might this time, conveniently? Was Hiro-Kala presented as remotely Herald level, or using his head? Has Zeus not just been written down to be on the Hulks level, reduced to a mere brawler?

That's the problem. The Hulks book has always been written like this to an extent, but never to this ABSOLUTE intensity. There is no threat, insurmountable obstacles or any challenge here anymore as the book is written to the same formula set down in Planet Hulk, and that as a reader should be of increasing concern as the sheer familiarity of the formula is actually not just repititous but harming tha characters plausibility. You can't keep setting it at this intensity and having opponents/guests constantly written down to.

I'm not going to second guess how this current episode will work out, I'm not psychic and I nevr jump to conclusions. But we know what Zeus is and we know how he relates to Thor and Hercules and the rest, so next issue might be a real make or break moment for this books credibility.
Barring maybe Batman no other character I can think of gets such easy storytelling breaks as this one does. And most definitly not Superman, or Thor.

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