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World War Hulks: Hulked-Out Heroes #1: Review

Apr 2010
Jeff Parker, Humberto Ramos

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Rating:
4 stars

World War Hulks: Hulked-Out Heroes #1 Review by (July 11, 2018)

Review: The title is a misnomer: aside from a partial appearance of Thor on the first page, the only Hulked-Out Hero to appear in either issue is Deadpool—and he's not a hero. Plus, while fun, this two-issue tie-in doesn't advance the story of WORLD WAR HULKS in any way. Not that it really needed to but is this the only “big event” in which none of the tie-ins adds anything to the event, which is told in the two main Hulk titles? Really, this, the self-titled special, and the two match-ups (Cap and Wolverine, Thor and Spidey) all all extraneous to the rather minor epic. That rant aside, the story is pretty entertaining though it depends on your fondness for Deadpool. This is before he got so dark and ugly, killing the Marvel Universe several times over so I found it pretty bearable.  

Comments: Issue includes sketches of the Hulked-out Heroes by Ed McGuinness and Humberto Ramos. None of the characters with Hulkpool on the cover, aside from Thor, appear in the miniseries.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

World War Hulks: Hulked-Out Heroes #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hulkpool, with Bob, Agent of Hydra hanging on for dear life, leaps from the Intelligencia Helicarrier into the desert where they locate Doctor Doom's time machine, hidden by Thundra. Hulkpool wants to go back in time to kill Deadpool so Bob works the controls and sends H'Pool back to...1717 where he finds himself aboard Blackbeard's pirate ship—only Blackbeard is the Thing, Ben Grimm himself. [It happened in FANTASTIC FOUR #5, way back when.] When Hulkpool uses a thunderclap to disrupt an approaching storm, Captain Thingbeard gladly welcomes him to the crew. They enjoy a successful career of buccaneering until a British Navy ship catches up with them; this ship has a wizard aboard who conjures up a giant squid-like monster to destroy the pirate ship. It seizes HP and Thing in its tentacles as Bob hastily sends them elsewhen via time machine. And the three of them—Hulkpool, Thingbeard, and the squid—end up with Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy, though the time machine indicates it is the year 2010 (when DD and MB were living in the Savage Land in Earth-616). Devil destroys the squid and H'Pool calls out to Bob to pick him up, the apes picking up on the call as our heroes vanish....

They reappear—HP, TB, DD—in the old West where they encounter Hawkeye and the Two-Gun Kid [See AVENGERS #142-144 and following for the meeting of these two guys]. After a lot of chaotic action Bob manages to send Devil Dinosaur back to prehistory and Thing back to 1717—and Hulkpool? He ends up finding Captain America who is trying to rescue Bucky from Baron Zemo's deadly drone missile....


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Humberto Ramos
Carlos Cuevas
Edgar Delgado
Humberto Ramos (Cover Penciler)
Humberto Ramos (Cover Inker)
Edgar Delgado (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)

Plus: Bob, Agent of Hydra, Intelligencia, Two-Gun Kid.