Marvel Heroes (UK Magazine) #25 (Story 2)

 Posted: Aug 2011
 Staff: The Editor (E-Mail)


This Hulk story follows the events of Part One. If you have masochistic tendencies, you may wish to see our review of Marvel Heroes (UK Magazine) #25.

Story 'Badland'

  Marvel Heroes (UK Magazine) #25 (Story 2)
Summary: Hulk vs. Brood
Publisher: Panini Magazines

Bruce Banner is meeting Betty Ross, in a cafe far out in the Wyoming "badlands".

Bruce is attempting to renew his romantic relationship with Betty, despite the curse of his Hulkish alter ego. He has been studying meditation, and when a couple of local tough guys start hassling him (in a ridiculously cliche'd fashion), Bruce resists the urge to "Go Green" and pulp them. Instead, he and Betty head outside and walk a hundred yards off the road into "The Badlands"...

...where they immediately encounter "The Brood". Bruce is forced to become the Hulk in order to protect Betty. He kills all the aliens. Or does he... no... as always, one has escaped.

Unfortunately, Bruce having "Hulked Out" has caused Betty to fear him once more. She leaves, and Bruce is "Forever Alone".

General Comments

First up, it is quite clear that artist Simon Williams has no idea what "The Brood" look like. "Just draw scary aliens", somebody must have said. So why didn't they actually give him a picture or two showing him what they look like? Honestly, basic errors like that make me understand why Disney decided to pull the creation of original content back to the U.S.A.

Secondly, just what is Betty's problem? Let us suppose for ten seconds that the boyfriend she went walking with was not the Hulk. Where would Betty be now? Flat on her back in the desert with an alien space-egg festering in her belly.

"Ah... she wasn't thinking straight..." says the writer.

Far enough. But we are. And if you're trying to make a point to your readers, then it might possibly be more effective if your point actually makes sense to your readers. 'cos the point that I would take away is this. "In a messed-up world where you can't meet up for a coffee in the desert without tripping over a parasitic alien press-gang, a super-powered boyfriend would appear to be a damn fine asset to keep close."

I'd also like to mention the fact that writer Ferg Handley used the "Whew, they got them all... On No! One of them escaped" ending TWICE in the same magazine. It was hackneyed the first time. The second time is just plain embarrassing.

Overall Rating

Another shocker. One web.

 Posted: Aug 2011
 Staff: The Editor (E-Mail)