I’ve been looking for a good starting point to begin reading the Incredible Hulk comics. I know I could just try to find the first issue of the Incredible Hulk online, but that would mean I have to read over 50 years worth of comics… I don’t think I have the time to commit to such an endeavor.
I decided to start looking at the various writers and illustrators for the Hulk series and something caught my eye. I’ve been reading many negative things about Jeph Loeb’s writing for the Hulk. In January 2008, Marvel gave Jeph Loeb the task to write Hulk #1. He would be helped by the great illustrator Ed McGuiness. Guess what the American writer did? He introduced the Red Hulk. The worst part is that it took over 22 issues for readers to even discover the Rulk’s identity. Apparently, the clues were full of contradictions and his writing was terrible. I will be honest and state that I read mostly biased reviews. In any case, I’m not surprised that many people dislike him.
Guess what Loeb is currently doing? He’s in charge of writing the story for the Avengers: X-Sanction. I guess we now know why Bruce Banner won’t be taking part in this story. Thank you very much… Not to mention that the Hulk and the Incredible Hulk are two different entities now. The Hulk comics currently focusing on the Thunderbolt Ross’ adventures.
On another note, I’ve herd tons of great things about Greg Pak and I will be checking out the Jason Aaron who is currently in charge of the real Incredible Hulk series.