REVIEW CORNER: Incredible Hulk #435

Incredible Hulk (Vol.1) 435
Writer: Peter David
Penciller: Chris Renaud
Inker: Al Milgrom
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Cover Date: November 1995

For this week’s installment of Review Corner, I’m taking a look at Incredible Hulk # 435. For many Marvel Comics fans, 1995 was a weird time for us. Nick Fury was dead thanks in part to a brainwashed Punisher, Tony Stark turned evil and died, and in turn, his teenage self from the past was brought to the present, Reed Richards was presumed dead in the pages of “Fantastic Four” and Spider-Man was dealing with the ongoing train wreck that was The Clone Saga.

With The Hulk, who at the time was hiding out with his wife Betty Banner under the guise “Bob Danner” complete with him being wrapped in bandages (His backstory was that he’s a burn victim) finds himself hiding out in Sunville, Florida since the collapse of The Pantheon (An organization that thrives on performing relief and rescue missions) suddenly gets hits with a baseball and soon finds himself as a player for The Florida Pistols (And trust me when I say you don’t want to know how The Hulk deals with his green skin complexion); “Bob Danner” quickly becomes the MVP of the Pistols but that’s where the story brings the lighthearted vibe into play.

I really love how the general manager of the Emperors, the Pistols’ rival team hires The Rhino (In his guise as “Alex O’Hirn”) to do something about “Bob Danner” and then that’s when the you-know-what hits the fans as Danner and O’Hirn just go at it which really shows you what a master storyteller Peter David is where he can blend action and comedy with ease and it was very enjoyable seeing as how Hulk was moved to the Marvel Edge imprint where most of the titles such as Daredevil, Ghost Rider and Punisher thrived on producing such dark stories within their titles but this issue of Incredible Hulk really was one of the bright and fun romps from Peter David’s monumental run and if you’re a fan of “The Natural “, “Eight Men Out” and The “Major League” movies then this issue of Hulk will make a comic book fan out of any baseball fanatic.

Well, that’s it for me. I’ll be back with another review next week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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