Paul Jenkins & Paolo Rivera
Mythos: Hulk (Marvel)
The second in Paul Jenkins’ irregular Mythos series, which retells key events in the history of Marvel’s greatest creations. Here The Hulk gets the revamp treatment, going back to that initial gamma explosion that turned Bruce Banner into the brutish man-beast The Hulk, a rampaging force of fury and destruction. And while the art is gorgeous - fully painted panels from Paolo Rivera - the story involves a great deal of running over familiar old ground. This is an inevitable hazard with any such project, but it’s hard to see the reasoning behind this series. Sure the artwork looks great, but Jenkins just doesn’t add enough new twists or insight except for making the Banner character more whiny and unpleasant. A nice idea but beyond the art this feels superfluous.