Comic Book Review: Hulk #8
As I’ve said before, this creative team is on the right track where Jen can have this engaging rehabilitation and still deal with other things going on around her. There’s also more clarity to this new Hulk Jen has transformed into. I mean the scars and what not are still unexplained, but all good things do come with time.
What comes next is what you were anticipating for Jen. It’s on thing to hear about a monster springing up from the grapevine, but this was something she just so happened to see herself. You could call this convenient, but this is a comic and these are the kind of things a Hulk would deal with. Especially Jennifer in the state she finds herself in currently. It’s smart that for everything she is going through right now, you have other people going through what may be worse. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in the adjustment to life as a monster that you forget about those who are thrust into that life. Not everyone could have that start like Jen, that control, or even the luxury to be able to change back and forth between human and monster. For Oliver, this was quite the traumatic experience considering this is something someone else reckless did to him for the sake of fame and views. His reaction felt real, the way he expressed his anger as well.
Following Jen through her approach to tackling this was refreshing. The first half of this series was Jen trying to get up on her two feet again, but everything after that is Jen realizing that the world isn’t going to stop turning for her to finish fixing herself. Not to say she doesn’t address this, because she does and it was cleverly touched upon as Jen is the only thing that can hold her back. Naturally this is the way it is for most superheroes which makes it nice to see she is at least getting the full package experience at the moment. Particularly when she is making use of her job as a lawyer. One would think that wouldn’t make you too resourceful, but Jen would beg to differ.
Steve and Ray are a different kind of villain that you can’t quite put your finger on. They aren’t your average in the way of robbing banks or picking fights with heroes, but they put themselves in that group through a clear disregard for human life. They represent the modern a-hole who will go to some extremes just to make it big on the internet.
Georges Duarte and Matt Milla made this one of the most appealing issues visually. Starting with Oliver, the art was able to tell a story of its own. You could see the pain Oliver was going through, the way his body was dis-configuring through transformation, the way he ended up looking once fully transformed. You could understand why he would end up taking the role of a monster that would put the fear into you. Great use of greens as well, especially when the green was going against Oliver’s natural skin tone. This Jen you could also see more full of purpose. You could tell that everything in the past was just the past when she was focusing on finding Oliver every step of the way. That leap of faith to really take on this new Hulk was beautiful. The body movements leading into a graceful diving and landing. The colors there also grab your attention since it was then that you could really take in how good Matt Milla is at blending colors. It’s a good skill to have with a book involving morphing/transforming. I should also point out that I do still like that now it is clearer as to this being a new Hulk. That first story arc up till the end made it hard to tell that this was a gray Hulk or that those were scars rather than green veins.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t see too much struggle in figuring out this new Hulk persona. Hulk #8 was an excellent transition into Jen trying to figure out the kind of hero she wants to be. Sure she turned down the hero life, but that was always to be short-lived. ‘Let The Eat Cake’ part two is the start of a return to form that you know will also still have bumps in the road consider this isn’t She-Hulk we’re dealing with anymore.