Quote:I'm not opposed to a villain protagonist, just that if the appeal of Rulk is that he's a big mean jerk who hits people in entertaining ways, then there are many other characters who can do that while having actual depth. The aforementioned Ares, Deadpool, Venom ( especially Mac ), Daken post-Dark Reign, and even Joe Fixit are all better Heroic Sociopaths for leading roles.
The main appeal of Red Hulk's book, for me, is that it's fun. It's an utterly bonkers, silly little title that does exactly what it says on the tin. That, and Red Hulk totally pwned Stabby-Force by telling them that their modus operandi was a sure-fire way to get mutant hatred ramped up to insane levels if it was ever discovered.
Yes, it could work equally as well with any of the characters you mentioned - I thought Loeb did some good work with Fixit, in the brief time he wrote him - but as long as the title serves up insanity like a legion of Wendigoes attacking Las Vegas and turning the Green Hulk into a Wendihulk (and still gives us Audrey Loeb's Red/Green/Blue Hulk chuckle-worthy back-up strips), I'll happily slap down my money each & every month, guaranteed.
Quote:Rulk is the kind of character who would be great as a Memetic Badass, but not so much as a character you're expected to pay $4 a month to read about on an ongoing basis.
He beat up the Watcher. That's reason enough for me to consider him awesome
As I've said before, the Marvel Universe has become full of "heroes" who aren't, and truly deserve to be beaten down, and lo, there did come a Red Hulk to bring those beatdowns to all who need them.
This title is a regular fix of Lobe writing something crazy-insane-awesome, without any of the gore or shockingly distasteful things that got into his Ultimate books, and sometimes it's even good in the normal sense of the word. I genuinely liked the last issue, and Fall of the Hulks: Gamma as proper good comics, not just crazy ones.