Posted - November 5, 2016
World War Hulk
That was a great Iron Man comic but a bit heavy. Maybe the Heroes for Hire will be a bit lighter. Let's see . . .
The last time we left the crew they were preparing to board the Hulk's starship. Clandestinely, of course.
Oh look, the alien hivelings can talk and their leader is the Warbound Miek.
Mixed in with the aliens are the Heroes for Hire.
The heroes are considered 'hivelings' because they smell like the aliens. Humbug explains what they're trying to do. Notice one of the hivelings coping a feel of the Black Cat. Mmmm Hmmm.
They smell like the aliens because Humbug slaughtered one of the hivelings and smeared the dead carcass over the entire team. Just to ramp up the grossness of the entire thing, Humbug does this.
Yup he's eating what remains of the slain insectoid. He explains that to waste the protein would be regarded as disrespectful in the insect world. I'm never looking at a bug the same way again. Look at Coleen covering the face of Moon Boy.
The hivelings report to their King.
Miek is not so easily fooled and he sounds the alert.
Hiroim is the first of the Warbound to attack. Shang-Chi manages to block him - barely.
Judge the toughness of Hiroim by the state of his foes: Tarantula and Shang-Chi.
Meanwhile, Korg takes on the girls.
This little discussion reveals that the Warbound and Hulk really did only come for the Illuminati.
As the issue ends, Humbugs insectoid identity seems to be taken over and he seems to be swearing allegiance to the Brood.
Even without the betrayal, Humbug is at the top of my list of the most disgusting comics characters ever.
Okay, second half of the book let's check in on Scorpion and Paladin where we left them squaring off in that warehouse.
Scorpion hits Paladin with a concussion grenade gun.
Fortunately Paladin is armored; he counters.
These two are just picking up stuff from this NYPD warehouse. Paladin hits the jackpot; the gun he picked up turns things into gold. Of course, Paladin tries to high-tail it with that gun but Scorpion can't allow that - it's a security risk. Scorpion manages to use another item, Whiplash's whip, to destroy the 'lotto jackpot gun'.
That is going to really piss off Paladin. He picks up another item, Gladiator's blade glove, and let's loose with it.
Scorpion scrambles for cover. Paladin picks up another item - this time from the Melter.
Some warehouse this. Scorpion finds the Stilt-Man's armor and uses it to retaliate.
Having fun yet? I know I am.
Paladin goes down and Scorpion receives orders to terminate him. Before the suspense really builds up, Paladin comes to - just in time.
And with that we once again leave this wild pair.
Let's check out the Gamma Corps who, the last time we saw them, were celebrating an imminent encounter with the Hulk.
Here's the roll call.
We come upon the team ganging up on the Hulk
Only it's not really the World War Hulk, look at the pants - this the old Hulk. Actually this is an LMD or Life Model Decoy of the old Hulk. They defeat it handily. Looking at what the current Hulk is like we all know that this counts for nothing.
Looking at her from her human side, Mess looks quite good.
Mess is having a bout of individualism and that's a no-no in the military.
At long last, we get Gamma Corps origin stories. All their stories have one thing in common: Every member of Gamma Corps encountered the Hulk in the past. The old, rampaging behemoth Hulk. And they all ended up blaming the Hulk in some way. All of them were approached and offered the chance to "change" and get back at the Green Goliath and all of them accepted.
First Nichole Martin a.k.a. Mess
Her minivan got hit by a flying truck from a Hulk rampage and her son was trapped. She couldn't save him.
The offer is made.
Next Timothy Wilkerson a.k.a. Prodigy. Still in his mother's womb his parents had a Hulk encounter. It damaged Timothy and he was not a normal kid.
His parents made the choice for him.
Gideon Wilson a.k.a. Mister Gedion was a preacher. His son went to New Mexico the site of the latest Hulk rampage. His son died of aids, not the Hulk, but Gedion blames the Hulk nonetheless. He gets the offer.
Next, Elliot Franklin a.k.a. Griffin. Elliot was once a part of the Circus of Crime - he was a clown. He's also a habitual insulter who gets his ass kicked on a regular basis but he enjoys it in a demented sort of way. It's always easy to ask crazy people to go up against the Hulk.
The following panel shows Ryker. He's as crazy as the rest of the team; intentionally baiting the Hulk.
You know every other Earth group or hero in World War Hulk wants the Hulk to either go away, be defeated or they just want to get away from him. Every other group except Gamma Corps. The issue ends with Gamma Corps launching a missile headed for the stone starcraft to actually goad the Hulk into battle. I know its just a missle but the panel is gorgeously done.