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So what's everyone's thoughts?

First off, so glad I was wrong on Joe making a sacrifice. A few things I got close on so allow me to toot my horn, although to be fair so many theories were being thrown about over the years eventually something would be right.

- TOBA didn't go away at the end of Ewing's run
- While a new incarnation wasn't created, we do have a unified system which is sorta close
- Instead of exiled off planet, Banner's choosing to go there (lots of parallels over the series to Hulk eras)
- Remember the twins theory based on the two cribs way back when? It sort of came true now that we know Sterns and Banner are related.
- Hulk did the Job thing and TOAA made an appearance

Fun Stuff
All the references (Berengetti, Jarella, etc)
Proto Hulk appearance

My bottom line thought was: Al Ewing must be a really big fan of Lost.

His run included constant flashbacks. Which (granted) have always been a storytelling device in comics, but was used very much the way Lost utilized this feature in this run of Hulk. Then he used flash forwards with the interlude of Hulk being the big cosmic stomper/smasher of the future. Then he pulled the rug/run out from under us with an underwhleming psychological ending, and very little Hulk smash action.

I liked the Sterns Banner connection from 1900. I like the "Geoff Johns Green Lantern style" ending, with regards to the book being 80 pages, square bound, and a nice "ending" epilogue provided where the war weary hero finds inner peace. I am not sure if Ewing was trying to say TOAA and TOBA were the same person or not and that's where one of my main gripes lies. An ending can make or break a film or tv series. I remember people being really upset at the ending for M.A.S.H much the way there were upset with LOST. I think the ending hurt what was otherwise my absolute favorite Hulk run since Bill Mantlo.

The mediocre ending has a very specific meaning for me however. This is my last comic. Hulk was the last comic I was still reading. I don't care for all the new philosophies and ideas that the new writers are bringing in. So after 40 years of reading Hulk, I am done now. I just wish he had went on a bit more of smashing rampage for my last hurrah.

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