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Monday, July 23, 2007

Hey we still talk about comics here......World War Hulk!!

I haven’t really delved into the graphic novel side of Afronerd in awhile but I thought that I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Marvel Comics’ latest tour de force, World War Hulk. If anyone has been paying attention to what has been going on in comicdom as of late, it amounts to a complete upheaval of continuity and characterization-and I’m loving it. I might have mentioned this during last night’s Afronerd Radio broadcast but it appears that comic book writers have finally embraced the fact that their audience is primarily comprised of adults. Just within the last few years we have seen, Spiderman and Daredevil reveal their identities (willingly and unwillingly, respectively), a Civil War series involving just about all of the characters of the Marvel Universe as well as similar underpinnings within the DC Universe.

The latest major event, entitled World War Hulk has been a longtime Marvel collector’s fantasy positing what would happen if the Hulk were angered to the nth degree and what would this mean to the rest of the Marvel heroes. This is perhaps the best time to be a comic book fan because the characters have grown and now the constraints that the readers were accustomed to have not only been removed but have been turned upside down. The Hulk was always depicted as a creature of great pathos but with no real direction. Is he a hero, a villain or a force of nature? These are the questions that I suspect World War will attempt to an answer. If anyone is familiar with this series, tell us what your opinions of this series are thus far.

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