Rating: 5/5 – Past and Present Green Rage.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Brunell
The first of 10 Generations one shots kicked off with the question “Who is the Strongest One There Is?” with not one but two Hulks. It’s not like Amadeus Cho and Bruce Banner haven’t crossed paths in the past, but this meeting is special. In this timeline, Bruce is in the early stages of being the Hulk and Amadeus is still getting the hang of being a big green guy as well. But if Amadeus or Bruce have any questions for one another they have to wait, because Amadeus is teleported to this timeline right in the middle of an old fashioned General Ross Hulk hunt.
United States Military tanks and helicopters are lighting up the ground, and in the midst of all that firepower is Bruce Banner as the Hulk. Amadeus-Hulk and Bruce-Hulk notice each other pretty quick and though it causes some confusion, they both have to push to survive. Writer Greg Pak and Artist Matteo Buffagni bring the past and present together in what most people can remember with the Hulk comics, Bruce Banner running for his life from General Thaddeus Ross. Amadeus Cho gets a first hand look at the everyday life of Bruce Banner back in his early days as the Hulk, and even he can’t keep his composure. Amadeus has questions for Bruce, and Bruce has questions for Amadeus, but in the end they both have a revelation. This issue is jam-packed with action and intense moments; in the end the Hulk’s rage comes out, but which Hulk loses the most control is a surprise. The comic was a fast read and didn’t give much detail into why the heroes of present and past are in the same place at the same time, but that mystery may be revealed in Generations comics to come.
The story gave me a different perspective to an ongoing issue for Amadeus Cho. Pak and Buffagni capture the essence of Hulk perfectly on every page, whether you are a new age Hulk fan or old school, this title should satisfy both sides. The environment and characters aren’t new; it’s just any old day in the life of a big green rage monster. The dialogue and story are excellent; the dialogue is dramatic and emotional, while Buffagni’s panel after panel of great artwork intensifies the comic. I enjoyed this comic so much that I wish it was more than just a one-shot!
Reviewed by: Adam Brunell
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