Indestructible Hulk #2This Month Mark Waid and Lenil Yu remind us why Indestructible Hulk is more than just a fresh coat of paint on an old character.  This book is very much its own impressive and intimidating beast. Waid and Yu are both at the peak of their game and combine that with a character as iconic, dramatic and explosive as the Hulk and you know you’re onto something special. Like issue #1, Indestructible Hulk #2 cuts out all the convoluted intricacies of the Hulk universe and gets to the crux of the story: the timeless struggle between man and monster.

The real draw-card of this book is the truly unique approach Waid takes to writing the character. Waid’s Bruce Banner is one who finally realizes that the only way to take back control of his life is to stop trying to cure the Hulk and instead learn to coexist with the monster inside him. Hulk and Banner have seemed to come to a sort of mutual agreement – that is, until a third player is thrown into the mix. Enter Tony Stark.

Issue 2 picks up a couple of weeks after issue one and the reader sees Dr. Banner beginning to settle into his new S.H.E.I.L.D lab in Montana. Waid really doesn’t spend any time messing around here and by the second panel of page one we see an immaculately drawn Iron Man flying in to pay Dr. Banner a visit. Two of the greatest scientific minds of the Marvel Universe meet and immediately the tension between them is obvious.

As Maria Hill points out, what Bruce Banner really wants is to be Tony Stark and this statement is very much the life blood of this issue. Every exchange of dialogue between Stark and Banner is cut-throat and witty and is only outdone by the exchange of blows between Iron Man and Hulk that occur later. All these scenes are flawlessly brought to life by the lush art of Yu. In short, Waid and Yu have once again nailed it.

The only real complaint, and it is a minor one, is the apparent lack of a story arc. One of the strengths of Indestructible Hulk #1 was its tight and episodic feel, and this is very much the case in issue 2. Although there is a mild cliffhanger at the end of the second issue, it really doesn’t feel like there is any overarching plot or grander design other than a new 22 page Hulk romp each issue. As I said, this is a mere niggle and I will probably be eating my words a couple of months down the track!

So whether you’re not a Hulk fan (like I was when I picked up issue #1) or you are a long time reader, you really will find something to love in Indestructible Hulk. Just Like Hulk and Banner, Waid and Yu really are a force to be reckoned with and have created one of the best titles to come out of Marvel NOW.