Writer: Donny Cates
Art: Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, Frank Martin, Federico Blee, and VC’s Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: January 19th, 2022
After the events of El Paso, Bruce needed to take control and just getaway. So, he transformed the HULK into a giant spaceship (yup) and piloted it through a dimensional portal in an attempt to spend the rest of his days alone. However, once inside, the HULK was pulled into another dimension by a different Bruce Banner from some type of alternate universe. Let’s smash into HULK #3 by Donny Cates to see if we can uncover any answers about this new universe and why our HULK is there in the first place.
Cates definitely provides some answers that should pique readers’ interests this week without entirely jumping the shark too soon. HULK fans will get some minor details about El Paso, multiple references to a shadowy figure behind the scenes, and a few interesting twists involving this new multiverse. However, if you came looking for some intense HULK smashing this issue, you may leave a bit disappointed. Alas, you’ll find very little action. Nevertheless, that doesn’t make this issue bad by any stretch of the imagination. These kernels and clues were needed to wet our whistle as to the direction this narrative is taking. Plus, this reviewer can sense a big reveal is on the horizon.
The real winner is Ryan Ottley as he nails it in this week’s HULK #3. Ottley provides a graphic, thorough, and organized flow making this issue read fast as it emphasizes HULK’S massive size and character movement. The split-screen panel layouts of Banner and HULK side by side were pure genius and added so much tension and anger to the comic.
Moreover, the detail involved with the extra HULK mutates, as well as the inner battle against the oversized WOLVERINE that literally gets his eyes clawed out, were absolutely phenomenal. Ottley’s character designs add so much depth and fit so well within the comic. Furthermore, the Gamma greens were strategically placed and radiated each page expressing an almost toxic feeling involving this new Multiverse that really packed a punch.
HULK #3 was exciting, raw, and wildly different from IMMORTAL HULK. However, that’s not a bad thing. Cates and Ottley are trying something different and focusing more on HULK’S rage and inner relationship with Banner than Ewing or Bennett ever did in IMMORTAL HULK. Readers, HULK #3 has great rhythm, vibrant action, outstanding balance, and powerful illustrations that capture the conflict so well.
Sure, some of the little nuisances with the plot need to be ironed out. However, we’re only 3 issues in and are finally starting to get some more bits and pieces from Cates. By the end of the next installment of HULK #4, if we don’t have a bit more ground to stand on with the story, I think we may start to develop some problems within the context of the plot. But for now, I think the series is heading in a strong and entertaining direction. I highly recommend picking up the series and adding it to your pull list. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!