Generations: Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Marreo Buffagi
Colorist: Dono Sanchez-Almara
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Review by Gregory Brothers
It’s Almost Here! For better or worse the Legacy rebrand is right around the corner for the Marvel Universe. To pivot and get many of the titles in line with what is coming Marvel is releasing several one-shots over the next few weeks. The first of which is Generations: Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1.
Generations: Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1 begins with Amadeus Cho jumping into the desert and right into General Ross and his troops firing upon…Banner Hulk? What takes place over the rest of the story is Cho and Banner, fighting Ross, each other, and having a heart to heart. As we reach the conclusion of the book questions remain as to what the meeting means for the future of Totally Awesome Cho, and when or if we will see Bruce Banner again.
If you have been reading Totally Awesome Hulk or the crossover with Weapon X then you know that while Cho has been quick to try and avoid the rage that overtook Banner many times, it has become harder for him recently. Cho has always looked at being the Hulk as a gift, but more recently he has started to question if that indeed is the case. Pak has done a brilliant job with the main series tackling these issues, so his grasp of how to move forward with it shows in the book. The meeting between Cho and Banner is a perfect way to have Cho start to really face some of those fears about himself and what he may become if he ever really loses control and lets go. Pak plays the dialogue and the action between the two of them tells the story without feeling forced or like Pak is beating you over the head with this idea that Cho is losing control.
The art is darker and more brooding than the regular series but given the subject matter and the story being told it works here. Use of shading and angles helps to create the right mood between Cho and Banner as they meet and fight each other. The fight scenes are big and over the top with the type of destruction you would come to expect is a fight between two hulks, an army, and a sea monster.
Verdict: Check it out
If you are a fan of the Totally Awesome Hulk series then you should enjoy Generations: Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1. If you are not a fan of the series you can easily skip this issue and not miss anything.