Monday, April 30, 2012

World War Hulk 1-5; Wolverine 26-31

This week I'll be reviewing comics I've bought from Comixology 99-cent sales over the last few months. First up, World War Hulk and Wolverine Agent of Shield. I'm reviewing these together because they both feature art by John Romita Jr. and show that a brilliant artist is just not enough to make a good comic.

World War Hulk, written by Greg Pak, is probably the least ambitious and most tedious event comic from a major publisher that I've ever read. Five issues of nothing but Marvel heroes senselessly punching each other. The art's great. The problem is Romita has nothing interesting to draw:

So, so, tedious. Even Dr. Strange, the world's greatest sorcerer, decides the best plan is just to take magical steroids and punch the Hulk:

By comparison, Wolverine 26-31, written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Romita is a blast. Just compare these pages to the ones above. They're bursting with surprising, exciting, lunacy:

Yes, that's Elektra leading a horde of flight suit-equipped zombified super heroes and super villains in an assault on Shield's flying headquarters. These issues are what super hero comics are all about.

Highly recommended.