Monday, February 8, 2016

The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 by Pak, Cho and Oback

It's pretty awesome when your husband reads your blog and gets you comic books that you mentioned you would like to read. I've always loved the Hulk and She-Hulk, and found their origins and superpowers very interesting. I was really excited to read the new rendition of the Hulk with Amadeus Cho, who, to my knowledge, is a brand new character.

The new Hulk is Asian, which I thought was a great direction for the Hulk universe to go in. It's unexpected, simply because even though Asians are (stereotypically) linked to martial arts and cunning fighting technique, they aren't (stereotypically) known for their strength and large statures. It opens a wide range of stories, and I was excited to read it.

Hilariously, it opens up to a monster attacking the beach, and Amadeus Cho inhaling hamburgers, in preparation to become the Hulk. He's introduced as the 8th smartest person in the world, and he goes to save the day. He's 19, full of himself and flirts with everything that moves but is still very likeable. He has a younger sister that helps him as a robot and they go on a journey to catch the monsters that are roaming the earth.

It also does a flashback to Bruce Banner and what happened that made Amadeus Cho become the Hulk. There is a clever visual image of Cho putting the monster right where he wants him. The pair zoom to the next location to defeat another monster, where he runs into She-Hulk and Spiderman.

Yay for She-Hulk! Yay for Spiderman!

I like how there are other appearances of strong females in the comic, especially his sister, She-Hulk and Lady Hellbender. The new Hulk is a 19 year old kid who flirts with anything that moves, but the writers make sure to get his ass handed to him by the women he surrounds himself with. Amadeus is charming, and I like how they kept remnants of the Bruce Banner Hulk, making him very intelligent, which is what Bruce prided himself in.

I can't wait to read issue 2!

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