Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hulk #24 [2010] by Jeph Loeb

HULK #24
The final chapter of the Red Hulk Saga is here. After his identity has been revealed and his reasons exposed General “Thunderbolt” Ross commits treason by placing himself in charge of the United States. However the Hulk stands in his way from achieving his goals.

We are given two narratives within this story from Ross and Bruce Banner giving each others flaws and motivations as both characters hammer one another. Banner reveals that Red Hulk can never become General “Thunderbolt” Ross again since they faked his death. If he returns then Banner will have him brought up on charges of treason.

The finale brings the Red Hulk Saga full circle as Super-Solider Commander Rogers and the Hulk travel to Gamma Base to meet with the imprisoned Red Hulk. This mirrors the ending of Hulk #1 when Banner was imprisoned after World War Hulk implying that redemption is possible.

Teaming-up again at Marvel after their Superman run in the early 2000s at DC Comics together Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness give it their all within their final Hulk issue. Writer Jeph Loeb previously told us what will happen within Hulk #24: "This will be the final shoot that Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness will be doing on the Hulk. We will be wrapping up the Red Hulk Saga. It has a definite ending." What an ending and this is by far the best work I have seen from artist Ed McGuinness.