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Comic Review: Indestructible Hulk #2

Indestructible Hulk #2 Cover Leinil Yu Mark Waid Iron Man Marvel NOW!

Jealousy is a green-skinned monster in Indestructible Hulk #2 by writer Mark Waid and artist Leinil Yu. It’s Bruce Banner versus Tony Stark and Hulk versus Iron Man in a friendly duel of mind and might.

Tony has heard about Bruce’s new deal with S.H.I.E.L.D., and he simply has to see it to believe it. Like us, he’s used to seeing Bruce sulking in a cave and hiding from people, not deep in a crowded science facility, having a good laugh. Banner’s work is enough to draw Tony into some shop talk, and before long the two Avengers are having a grand time.

The dynamic between Tony and Bruce is the heart of this issue. Stark is like the older, more confident brother who’s afraid to recognize a younger sibling’s achievements; Banner, on the other hand, has a chip on his shoulder and feels he needs to make up for lost time. It’s a great frienemy dynamic that works – until someone decides to let off some steam.

This truly is a new and improved Bruce Banner. Even the Hulk shows benefits from Banner’s acceptance, as we get an explanation for that glowing belt buckle Hulk wears on the cover of issue #1 and issue #2. Bruce has truly found new, productive outlets for his creativity – and his rage – that let him be around other people. That means more character interaction, and that means more snappy Mark Waid dialogue.

Waid holds Bruce Banner’s renewed enthusiasm for invention up against the richest, smartest inventor in the Marvel universe, Tony Stark. One man is trying to make a new name for himself; the other is worried about getting knocked off the top. The result is another well-written, well-drawn comic from the team of Mark Waid and artist Leinil Yu.

8 out of 10

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