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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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08/13/2004 Archived Entry: "Comic review: The Darkness/The Incredible Hulk #1 review"

The Darkness/The Incredible Hulk
Cover: Dale Keown
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Pencil: Dale Keown
Colors: Matt Milla
Release Date: April 28, 2004
32 pages, $2.99

"Two alumni of both The Darkness and The Hulk come together to tell this explosive story. The Darkness is a violent killer and the Hulk is a violent pacifist. When those two worlds collide who will remain standing? Can the Darkness stand in the face of the Hulk’s brute strength?"

Reviewed by Laurel Sutton

The last time I read a Hulk comic book was probably in 1973 or so, and I never saw the movie, either. Sometimes I think it's better to have some background on what we review here at the old J LHLS, but then I think Hey! This thing needs to stand on its own!

So I'll tell you upfront that I have no idea who these artists and writers are, I don't know who the hell the Darkness is (is he related to the Ghost? No, wait, that was a lion in a movie with the "actor" Val Kilmer), and I don't know why the Hulk's head is a tiny pea sitting on top of his huge and scary body. He still wear purple pants, though, so at least we're in the same universe.

Actually, this is a really good crossover, and you don't have to know anything about the characters to dig the beautiful art and typical Marvel smart-ass dialogue. The whole story takes place in a NYC subway station and it's appropriately creepy, especially when the forces of Darkness show up and do very icky things to the bad guys. Pairing Mr. Darkness, who is a contract killer trying to do good, with the Hulk, a good guy who kills indiscriminately, is an interesting idea, and it's executed really well here. Who are the bad guys? The Chechnyan freedom fighters who want to blow up the train? The Hulk, who kills them and the cops who show up to grab him? Darkness Guy, who manipulates Hulky to save innocent bystanders? Deep stuff, I'm telling you. I might even have to start reading The Darkness and get caught up on this guy's backstory.

And I was perhaps too pleased to read a superhero comic without any fake Barbie women in skimpy outfits. Hooray!

I leave you with some fabulous direct Hulk quotes, which I transcribe exactly as they are in the book. Doesn't he say "Hulk Smash!" anymore?


Replies: 1 Comment

Thank you for the Hulk quotes, they're hysterical.

Posted by Ginger @ 08/13/2004 11:59 PM PST

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