Comic Rack – Avengers #14

by Cap'n Carrot on June 21, 2011 · 8 comments

in Comics!

This Fear Itself tie-in has quite a bit going for it, but in the end doesn’t quite work when it asks the reader to care about a character that’s only slightly less ridiculous than Rocket Racer. The entire issues centers around the retelling of the Red Hulk‘s battle with Hammertime Ben Grimm outside of Avengers Tower.

The fight itself works well, as does the opening capturing the uncertainty of the other members of the team at Steve Rogers‘ choice to make Red Hulk an Avenger. What doesn’t quite work is the apparent (i.e. not really) end of the Red Hulk at the hands of the possessed Thing.

I don’t mind the elevated nature as the heroes say kind words about the Red Hulk for apparently (but not really) giving his life in a futile cause, but given the level of reference displayed here you’d think they were talking about someone on the level of Captain America (all the more empty given the absence of any body foreshadowing that this isn’t the end of the character). Good idea. Bad execution. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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  • alphamonkey

    You are dead inside. I mean, I don’t care for Red Hulk at ALL, but I can at least enjoy the recurring theme of redemption that comes back again and again in The Avengers. Especially for a character that really has fallen farther than Banner ever did…

    • Cap’n Carrot

      Theme of redemption? That’s fine by me. I just don’t have it in me to feel for the apparent (fake) death of a character that’s been around all of 5 minutes. Didn’t work with the Sentry. Isn’t working now. Should Marvel keep him around for a few more years, playing on his pathos, and then do something like this – once it’s been earned – fine. But right now, sorry, I don’t give a fuck.

  • alphamonkey

    Not that you’ll often find me defending the Sentry, but his character was around for 10 years before they killed him off.

    • Cap’n Carrot

      But not before padding his resume with 40 years of bullshit history a handful of writers completely pulled out of their ass.

      • alphamonkey

        Oh, now…. At least give them credit for trying something different. I mean, not all characters can have the well thought backstories of say, the entire JSA.

        • Cap’n Carrot

          I’ll give them credit for trying.

          The same credit I give Jennifer Garner for trying to make an Elektra movie.

          • alphamonkey

            Or Ryan Reynolds for trying to make a Green Lantern film?

          • Cap’n Carrot


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