Posts Tagged ‘Red Hulk

04
Jul
08

Who is the Red Hulk? The Mystery Continues!

There has been a lot of speculation concerning who the Red Hulk (and rightly so!) really is, I’ve mentioned it before myself. I figured to the best way to go about this is to put together a list of clues, and see where it goes from there… UPDATE: 10 out of the 13 “clues” I put together point to Leonard Samson, most in a not so subtle way, I’ve highlighted the explanations in red and amended the list accordingly. I have to say though, there’s just so $*#&ing much that says it’s Samson, that I still think there is going to be some kind of shocker/twist in the next few issues.

Clue #1 Samson is part of the initial investigation, and he seems to be sure it’s the Green Hulk, he seems to know exactly how it happened. Explanation: Yes he’s a good shrink but he knew exactly how it happened.

Clue #2 Samson has full access to Gamma Base. Explanation: Matches up with clue #8.

Clue #3 S.H.I.E.L.D. designed a gun to fit Hulk/Red Hulk’s hand.

Clue #4 In Hulk #1, Samson leaves Ross and Quartermain because he “thought he heard something”, after which the Red Hulk appears again. Explanation: It would only make sense for Samson to vanish right before the Red Hulk goes crazy.

Clue #5 Red Hulk could have easily killed She-Hulk, but didn’t. Explanation: Doc Samson had She-Hulk as a long time patient.

Clue #6 Banner says this new Hulk must’ve had previous Gamma exposure, he compares him to an overloaded battery. Explanation: Samson was exposed to the same type of radiation that mutated the Hulk (in the past, hence his green hair), although the length of his hair has always determined his strength… I don’t know why it’s short but it does look similar to the Red Hulks cut.

Clue #7 In Hulk #3, after Banner requests the murder weapon (the gun that shot Abomination), he whispers something to Ross, the only world that is partially intelligible is “HULK”. Iron Man is VERY interested to know what Banner said to Ross, although Ross declines to give ANY information.

Clue #8 Red Hulk has full access to Gamma Base. Explanation: Matches with Clue #2.

Clue #9 Red Hulk insists he is not Banner several times, refers to himself as “his own monster”. Explanation: This could be interpretted several ways, so it’s not hard to say this could support a Samson theory.

Clue #10 Red Hulk cleared all files on the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier with a sophisticated virus. Explanation: Doc Samson is a M.D and inventor of several medical devices, I don’t think a virus would be too hard for him to come up with.

Clue #11 Clay Quartermain was killed, he worked for Nick Fury for a long time with Agent Jones.

Clue #12 A coat belonging to Samson is found, shredded and covered in Gamma Radiation, after the Helicarrier attack. Explanation: I refuse to explain this to someone…

Clue #13 Red Hulk stated that he has wanted to kill Green Hulk (not in his Banner form, but Hulk form) for years. Explanation: Doc Samson has been trying to control the Hulk for a long time, sometimes through friendship, more often with combat. Remember at the beginning of Planet Hulk’s run when Samson was on the Illuminati’s side in sending Green Hulk into space?

Got any ideas? Another clue to add on? Leave a comment! I’ll be going back and reading through Hulk 1-4 plus the King-Size again (there’s got to something I’m missing), I’ll update this post some more later.

03
Jul
08

Red Hulk Checklist

Well, here it is… I’ll try to keep this list as up to date as possible, and if you see anything missing, please let me know!

  • Hulk #1 (1st Printing)
  • Hulk #1 Variant (Wrap Around Cover, 2nd Printing)
  • Hulk #1 Variant (Wizard World Turner Cover)
  • Hulk #1 Variant (Atomic Comics)
  • Hulk #1 Variant (Dale Keown Cover)
  • Hulk #2 (1st Printing)
  • Hulk #2 Variant (Wrap Around Cover, 2nd Printing)
  • Hulk #2 Variant (Djurdjevic Cover)
  • Hulk #2 Retailer Variant (Black and White Iron Man)
  • Hulk #3
  • Hulk #3 Variant (2nd printing)
  • Hulk #3 Variant (Finch Cover)
  • King Size Hulk #1 (Art Adams Cover)
  • King Size Hulk #1 (Frank Cho Cover)
  • Hulk #4 50/50 Variant (Red)
  • Hulk #4 50/50 Variant (Green)
  • Hulk #4 Variant (Wrap Around Cover, 2nd Printing)

    Side Note: Ten Original Hulk #1 Covers went up for auction at the recent Wizard World Chicago, courtesy of that great organization The Hero Initiative, be sure to check their site out… they make it their job to help the writers, inkers, editors etc. of the comics we all grew up on, and they deserve your support. I included a list of the ten artists who contributed.

    • Chris Bachallo
    • Tom Brevoort
    • Michael Choi
    • Alan Davis
    • Mike Deodato
    • Leonard Kirk
    • Joseph Michael Linsner
    • Whilce Portacio
    • Javier Pulido
    • Arthur Suydam
        02
        Jul
        08

        Magazine Covers

        Here’s a quick rundown of the magazines that have featured Big Red on their covers in the last few months, he does make a good cover girl, er… I mean cover Hulk!

        • Wizard #198
        • Lee’s Toy Review #137
        • Comic Buyer’s Guide #1639

        Oh, and I forgot to add this into the review of issue #4, but I thought it was just hilarious.. interestingly it was written by Audrey Loeb, who is of course Jeph Loeb’s daughter. It kind of reminds me of that Dr. Seuss rhyme… “one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish” – or should I say “one hulk, two hulk, red hulk, blue hulk”? Find the original in the back of Hulk #4 and enjoy!

        01
        Jul
        08

        Hulk #4 Review

        I thought I’d start things off with a review of the latest issue (I will be posting reviews of the first three over the next few days, as well as a checklist to include all known variants for those of you who are as obsessive as me!). First of all, let me say the covers are great…! I love a 50/50 printing like this with matching covers, especially for display purposes. Check them out below –

        While I’m on the subject of covers, it was recently announced a second printing will be taking place, to go on sale 7/30/2008, check out this link for more information from the Comics Bulletin. It will feature a wrap around cover that will use artwork from inside the issue (specifically, the part where the Watcher gets sucker punched!).

        Now, on to the review! WARNING: my reviews will contain many spoilers, please be aware! The issue starts off with the Watcher announcing his role in the Marvel Universe, now I don’t have anything against the Watcher, but his attitude always seems a little… “holier than thou” if you know what I mean? Halfway through his little speech about how it is his sworn duty to bear witness to the “critical moments” of the various races across the galaxies, Big Red does what we all knew was coming, and sucker punches him good! After beating on him for a few panels (and I mean beating, it’s not a fight… the Watcher just goes DOWN) the Green Hulk finally steps in to defend the fallen Watcher (bad idea). As the two titans clash, Red Hulk mentions how he’s “waited a long time for this” (remember, this IS a mystery and that could be a clue as to who we’re dealing with here), and the brawl commences. The Red Hulk must think he’s doing the world a service (or maybe it’s revenge?), as he mentions how the Green Hulk has been ruining other peoples lives for years. The fight goes back and forth, until Red breaks Green’s arm, after which he puts him in a sleeper hold and chokes him out. Now this appears to be the Green Hulk that gets stronger the angrier he gets so I don’t really have a good explanation for why he seemed to be getting weaker all throughout the melee, I would have expected him to just go ape%*$@ after his arm was broken… but I’ll just have to have faith that Loeb knows what he’s doing here.

        Flash to New Jersey – where Iron Man is being told that Clay Quartermain is now dead. Immediately thereafter one Commander Hill informs Iron Man that a coat has been found belonging to none other than Leonard Samson! The coat is shredded and covered in Gamma radiation, obviously we’re meant to believe whoever was wearing it is the one that turned into the Red Hulk. Considering the way Loeb is pushing the readers to believe that Samson is the Red Hulk, I highly doubt it will turn out to be him. It’s just too simple… I have a feeling a BIG twist is coming in the next two issues, hopefully #5 gives us some more clues, I’d really like to be able to make an accurate guess before the identity is revealed (issue #6 I believe), I mean isn’t that the point of a mystery, to put the clues together yourself BEFORE the writer tells you the answer?

        Anyways, we go back to the Red Hulk who is now standing above the Green Hulk, having dragged him to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, ready to execute him with his pistol (?!) but before he gets the shot off Greenie wakes up and bites (ouch) the gun in half. The two go at it some more, with Red Hulk coming out on top once again, this time throwing the Green Hulk off the bridge while declaring “there’s a new Hulk in town”. It appears after the unsuccesful execution a few panels back, Red Hulk has satisfied himself with just proving that the old Hulk is no longer the strongest. “There’s no one that can beat me!” he proclaims, and in classic comic book style, the next page has the Thor pop out of no where to contest that statement! Next issue looks like it’s going to be Thor vs. Red Hulk, I wonder if San Francisco will survive…?

        Ratings

        • Writing 7/10 (Still too many loose ends Jeph!)
        • Art 9/10 (McGuiness and Vines… I’m always impressed)
        • Cover 10/10 (Gotta love a matching 50/50 printing)