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Featured Guest Review @Marvel Indestructible Hulk #15


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Indestructible Hulk #15 - Agent of T.I.M.E., Part Five


"HULK AGENT OF T.I.M.E." CONCLUSION!

The final stand against the CHRONARCHISTS!

The HULK returns to present-day--but WHICH Hulk?

And whatever became of BRUCE BANNER?

Preview



Guess It Wasn't Really Time To Smash.


I've defended this arc from the very beginning, because it in all honesty it was a very well written,energetic, and fun story with hulk traveling around time and smashing things, so even by premise it was very interesting, And after I saw the events of the previous issue, I was extremity excited simply because it held so much potential. This is the ending installment to a cool story, and I have to say that I was disappointed. It wasn't bad, but it could have been something much greater.

First of all, I'd like to say that the story wasn't really well summed up, sure we got an interesting cliffhanger, but that's hardly enough to be called a fitting conclusion. My main problems here were the new Hulk squared himself and the main villain (Or villains) of the arc. The Chronarchists are absolutely unfit to be called Hulk villains. They are interesting and had possessed a lot of potential, but the problem is that they are not powerful enough to stand against the Hulk, nor are they particularly that well crafted. I'm a huge Waid fan, but I hope he realizes that the main villains of this story were very underwhelming. We have three Chronarchists, each of who feel absolutely the same, both personality and appearance wise. Waid could have taken this opportunity and used the VIDEO GAME logic of giving each new Chronarchist a more fearsome look and greater power. For a while that's what I though Waid was doing, until this issue came out. The final climax should have included an epic battle, or at least a villain who could come off powerful, but when Bruce Banner, someone who is (CONSIDERABLY) weaker in comparison to the Hulk, manages to not only tackle but take a punch from the final Chronarchist, how am I supposed to feel threatened by him? I understand that Zarrko was the main Villain of the arc, but he is no physical threat , therefore his partner should have at least exhibited some ability to fight the Hulk. Also, what happens to the main antagonists is a mystery, which again, arises a lot of questions, and it isn't fitting for a conclusive issue. They get sucked up by some mysterious force which wasn't explained (Could be a possible preview or a hint). Moreover, I understand that Waid is interested in the story more so than the Battles itself, but he gave us such an epic clash in Daredevil that it just baffles me HOW be simply didn't take such a great opportunity. I can stomach Banner being in the spot-light, in fact I've enjoy seeing him a lot, but when you bring an amped, double sized version of the Jade Giant who could arguably be on one of the most powerful version to date, I expect him to do more than just wreck a couple of tanks. seriously. This could have gone down in so many other ways that I was really saddened by what happened. We could have had an epic clash but instead the Uber Hulk had barely done anything. Though he did get lost in time, maybe he'll be back? Not sure.

However the biggest offence in the issue IMO was the way Banner reacted to the Squared Hulk. As The atrocity is wrecking the soldiers, Banner's response to the situation really Irked and angered me: "Not My Problem."Not.My.Problem? excuse me? Is this the same Banner who had risked his life millions of times in the past in order to save the innocent? Is this the same Banner? Doesn't seem like that to me. Banner, while miserable because of Hulk, would never, AND I MEAN NEVER, put others in jeopardy because of his selfish needs, but here, he not only ignored the soldiers who could have been, and probably were killed, he also decided to abandon his mission and focus entirely on his life. This is very, VERY out of character for Banner, I simply do not see him ever doing something this selfish and arrogant. This is what frustrated me the most. However, it's possible that I'm looking at this situation from a wrong perspective, as Bruce does seem to realize later that he was the only one who could stop the Hulk, but that was ONLY after he understood that betty had been erased from time. Furthermore,had this been the starting years of his "career" as the Hulk I would have understood, but he has come SO far that I just can't imagine him acting this irresponsibly.

On the other hand, there were some positive things about the issue. I'm glad nothing was retconed and we got a good teaser at the end of the issue. Not to mention the fact that Zarrko, Hulk and Khotto traveling through time was actually pretty cool to see. We also get an amazing new feat for the hulk, considering he shatters the time barrier while not being amped. This yet again shows how Waid is slowly understanding the great lengths of Hulks power. I also liked Banner dedication to Betty, i'm glad that they didn't vanish out of each others lives and Waid touched on that pretty well, I also found their moment to be very neat and slightly cool.

And last but not least, The art was absolutely amazing IMO, the colors were really energetic and I have to say that Hulks design was actually pretty great. The time hopping was so vivid and full of life that despite the flaws, it left a smile on my face. Though there was a slight fluke with Red She Hulks costume, which was more than vivid.

Overall this was a huge disappointment, considering that this could have been so much greater than it actually was. It upsets me that Mark Waid would let such an opportunity slide away. This could have been one of the best hulk issues ever, instead it's flaws brought the whole story down. It was a fun issue, as always, but that's about it.

Recommendation: As Conclusive Issue this wasn't all that good, but I guess it's still, fun I suppose,so yeah, pick it up.

Verdict - 3 (6/10)


Images Unplugged Rating


Cover & Solicit - 5
Art, Colors & Inking - 3
Layout & Flow - 4
Story - 5
Verdict - 4.3 (8.5/10) - 
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