Posted - February 5, 2014 | Updated : August 27, 2015
Indestructible Hulk 18
Since this is a breakdown its pretty much all spoiler - come in and join the fun.
It's a common Marvel trope for the other heroes to 'misunderstand' the Hulk, and of course, we get these incredible fight scenes. Well, this time it is the Hulk's alter ego, Bruce Banner, who becomes the object of mistrust giving rise to an accidental detonation of a unique bomb designed to counteract the Inhuman Terrigen Mists. And so this issue opens with a great shot, not of the Hulk, or Banner, but of Hank Pym.
Here he is shrinking down to subatomic size to dodge the bomb's energies flying all around him like giant flaming boulders. Great shot.
Several pages into the issue, this is fast developing into an excellent Giant-Man comic. I've always been ambivalent about Hank Pym. He was a flawed and controversial man who, at one point, subjected his then-wife, Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp, to domestic abuse - let's call it what it is, or was : wife beating. Bad enough. Then, in the Civil War event, he was on the wrong side. Or what I felt was the wrong side. But then that wasn't him right? Secret Invasion later revealed it was a Skrull. But I can't shake the feeling that the real Hank would have taken the same 'wrong' side.
Later we have another one of those great panels that has happened before.
This is a meeting of the minds. Let's see: Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Hank McCoy, and Hank Pym - some of the brightest intellects in the Marvel Universe. I recall this happening before. One time was in an issue of the Fantastic Four; Michael Morbius and Reed Richards was in that mix too. The other time was in the 'wrong' side of Civil War with the triumvirate of Stark, Richards, and Pym.
Oh yeah, before we forget, this is a Hulk Comic. This one contains some wonderful information about how fast that transformation is between Banner and the Hulk. The stereotype about this transformation was ripped out of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" - a slow painful process. But take a look at this.
That's right. Banner's forearm hit by a car at speed, threatening to break his arm, and transforms to the Hulk instantaneously, no injuries suffered. Wow. I've never seen this transformation this fast before. Taking this forward, this means that if somebody shoots Banner, the bullet would never hit the man; it would bounce off the impregnable hide of Marvel's mightiest monster. Right? Wow.
Another surprise from Mark Waid is the classic monster vs. monster fight.
It ends with a happy Bruce Banner apparently falling to his death.
And so the issue ends.