Title: The Incredible Hulk #600
Writers: Jeph Loeb, Stan Lee, Fred Van Lente
Art: Ed McGuinness, Mark Farmer, Rodney Buchemi, Michael Ryan, Salva Espin
Covers: Alex Ross, Ed McGuiness
Man, where to even begin? In my opinion Jeph Loeb’s Hulk monthly comic is easily one of the worst things I have ever read in my life. You want to know what another title I list among the worst I have ever read? Ultimatum, also written by Jeph Loeb. How about one more? Onslaught Reborn. Need I continue?
In Amazing Spider-Man #600, which also shipped this week, we got a 62 page main story by Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. as well as all new material by other top writers and artists that took up all 104 pages of that book with no ads. This is what you get in Incredible Hulk #600: a 29 page main story by Loeb and Ed Mcguinness, a Woverine: Origins Got Milk ad, a Nissan ad, a Robot Chicken ad, a Marvel Projects ad, a 10 page story by Stan Lee which probably never should have seen print, a double page Honda ad, a War of the Kings ad, a 15 page story about The All New Savage She-Hulk (who cares?), a 23 page REPRINT of Hulk: Grey #1, 7 pages of covers to upcoming Hulk Family books, an ad for Ultimate Avengers, 7 more pages reprinting every cover to every Hulk comic ever. Holy shit…
How can one #600 issue get it so brilliantly right while another just fails on every level? I really don’t know what I was expecting of Hulk #600 but after reading ASM I was thinking it had to be at least on par, right? Wrong. So very, very wrong. After an entire year of awful Rulk stories you would think Loeb have the decency to finally reveal the true identity of one of the worst characters ever created. Wrong again. Not even the appearance of M.O.D.O.K could save this issue and I do love me some M.O.D.O.K. To even go on with this review is kind of a waste of my time. That’s really how I feel.
If you bought this issue you got completely ripped off and for that, as a retailer, I am sorry. If you were on the fence about buying the book I hope that this “review” will help you make your decision.
That’s a pretty sweet Alex Ross cover though, isn’t it?