Wednesday, June 11, 2008
If You Buy One Comic Today, Buy "Skaar Son Of Hulk"
If you're not going to buy it for the great Greg Pak writing -- basically bringing the same epic narrative to this work as he did for World War Hulk -- then for God's sake do it for Ron Garney's art.
Garney's art in this book is like a cross between Joe Kubert and Gil Kane. Together with great, understated color by Paul Mounts, Skaar Son Of Hulk is absolutely freakin' gorgeous. If you want a hint about what that classic, epic comic book art from the 60s and 70s looked like -- the type of stuff that, for the most part, you can only find covered in magazines -- pick this book up. You will not be disappointed.
It's just $2.99. Try something new.
Posted by Verge at 2:11 PM
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This has gotten some good buzz, but I'm surprised nobody's mentioned the Conan overtones yet. Still, looks interesting.ReplyDelete
I'm sorry, did you mention Greg Pak's great writing, then use as an example of said great writing, World War Hulk? That's good enough reason for me to avoid this title by a very wide margin.ReplyDelete
The cover's awesome. A dynamic pose with a difficult bit of foreshortening and a visible hand... on a comic book cover!ReplyDelete
Who would've thought?
Sorry, not buying this floppy. Am already saving up for the collected version, so that it looks nice next to my Planet Hulk hardback.ReplyDelete
World War Hulk was the only event I ever enjoyed purely on its own merits from either company. Taken as a whole, the miniseries more than delivered. Incredible Hercules delivers for me every month, and I will pretty much buy any monthly Greg Pak writes. I hope he helms another event.ReplyDelete
I agree with you 100%! I have been looking forward to Skaar for a long time. I missed that Marvel flavor of sword and sorcery from the Conan days. I could not have put it better than you, Valerie, when you said Garney's art is a cross between Gil Kane and Joe Kubert. It is wonderful stuff. I love those Kane issues of Conan and wish he had done more.ReplyDelete
I gave a shoutout to you:
I DID NOT like WWHulk, but I totally heart Planet Hulk. I was super excited to read this, but I thought it was a let down. Not a BIG let down, or something that would keep me from reading the future ones, but...nothing really happened. I think we are supposed to "get" that this is going to be a Tarzan/Conan thing, which makes an orgin kind of tricky. Still, I'm looking forward to the story getting some legs under it.ReplyDelete
Read Skaar, loved it.ReplyDelete
I'm with you on World War Hulk, too, Val. It was big, splashy and meaningful. Heck, folks should appreciate it if only for the fact that Tony Stark got his well-deserved beatdown. Beyond that, the characters Hulk brought back with him were deep and interesting despite being virtually brand new. I didn't need 40+ years of history to care about them, and that's obviously a testament to Pak.
World War Hulk started strong, but quickly devolved into meaningless posturing and hero battles with poorly motivated rationales. It's symptomatic of what Marvel's been churning out recently.ReplyDelete