Lately I’ve been visiting the local comic book store every Wednesday and picking up a few things. But I gotta tell ya, I’m thinking that’s going to be a more occasional visit, what with the dreck I’ve been seeing lately.
Case in point: World War Hulk #1:
First off, I’m a latecomer to this whole “shoot Hulk into space/gladiator” thing, and I guess maybe I’m just not a fanboy, but if the best you can come up with is an outer space Conan-ish story line, maybe you need a nice long break.
And dressing him up in chrome spikes, leather and a shiny headband just screams “Hulk like musical theater!”
Also, words like “worldbreaker,” “warbound” and “oldstrong?” Mark no like badspeak! Pretentio-logue make me angry!
My favorite gripe, though is this. Note the inside back cover ad:
OK, I’m as big a fan of leggy trailer trash as the next guy, and Old Spice obviously needs to advertise as I was surprised to find it even existed any more, but upon closer inspection of a number of pages of the story itself, I noticed this:
See it? Upper left? Lemme close up on it…
I dunno when product placement started in comics, but… ICK!
Listen, I know this isn’t great literature and all that, but to be honest this type of comic is so boring and typical and uninteresting, that I’m really looking forward to digging into my recent first purchase of manga.