Incredible Hulk #606

The best part of this book isn't the fact that the Hulk (or "a" Hulk) takes on Doctor Doom. It's not the cameo from the Fantastic Four. The best part of this book isn't even the backup tale that features the Red and Green She-Hulks scrapping. No sir. The best part of this book is the amazingly stunning art by Paul Pelletier, Danny Miki, and Frank D'Armata. This issue is a visual spectacle thanks to that trio. Pelletier's extreme variance in character physiques makes him a natural for a book like "Incredible Hulk." The scene with the Fantastic Four, Banner, and Skaar in Central Park is a shining example of how to handle characters of varying build. As Franklin hands Skaar a hot dog that is huge in Franklin's hand, but miniscule in between the thumb and forefinger for a starving Skaar, Sue is digging into the pockets of her unstable molecule costume to pay the hot dog vendor. Detailed comic book storytelling at its best.

If this story weren't so deeply mired in the "Fall of Hulks" story, this would be a must have for all comics fans. As it is, this is one of the best issues of any "Hulk" title I've read in quite some time, thanks in part to the aforementioned visual effects trio and the solid writing of Greg Pak. Pak crams a lot into this book, never once forgetting that this is a title with the word "Hulk" featured prominently. Pak delivers Hulk in action -- more than one Hulk, as a matter of fact. Pak gives the reader a Bruce Banner who should be feared for his conniving mind moreso than his alter ego.

The end result propels the story (and mingling subplots) forward. Nothing is resolved in this issue, but it doesn't waste time standing still. A new subplot is dangled in front of Bruce Banner that fuels his fire and gives him new purpose. That subplot, however, threatens to tear down everything that Banner has worked so hard to establish to this point.

The backup story between the two She-Hulks appears to be a critical tale that seems almost buried at the back of this issue. It makes for a nice change of pace from the previews and reprints Marvel has employed as filler of late, but it seems as though it should have been more prominent, considering the condition one of the ladies is left in at the end of the story.

I haven't even touched upon the deviousness of the Leader, who is also prominently factored into the gist of this story. Pak's and Pelletier's contributions to the "Fall of the Hulks" storyline begins with a bang, and promises to offer a great deal more in months to come. Pelletier reeled me in to reading this issue, the rest of the creative team has guaranteed I'll be back for more.

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