Return to Planet Hulk Part V
Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Greg Land
After taking on the mantle from Bruce Banner, Amadeus Cho is both the smartest and strongest one there is when he transforms into the Incredible Hulk!
The Story so Far:
Hulk has conquered four levels of the Warlord’s terrible gauntlet. One round remains for Hulk to earn freedom for his newly adopted clan. Last round, Hulk went toe-to-toe with none other then the mighty Thor Odinson. It was a harrowing battle, but through some quick thinking and perseverance, Hulk managed to both defeat Thor and free him from the Warlord’s control. Nothing is left to stand in Hulk’s away aside from the Warlord himself. Will Hulk smash his way to victory, or is this the end of peace on Sakaar? Keep reading to find out!
Today’s World-Breaking Issue:
The final battle for the fate of Sakaar has begun. Hulk takes a much-needed break from the action and helps gather his forces for a potential war. Both sides have prepared for the worst as Hulk steps up for the final round of the Gauntlet. The Warlord comes out guns blazing, literally, as Hulk jumps into action. It’s a brutal match but Amadeus’s refusal to kill may bring about his demise. In the final moments, Amadeus takes his hands off the wheel and let’s the big green goliath do what he does best. In the end the day is won for Hulk and his friends.
A month passes as Hulk and Thor prepare for the journey home. It’s been a crazy adventure for Hulk and not one he’s soon to forget. As our heroes blast off for Earth, there’s a strange glimmer in Hulk’s eye.
What is in store for Earth when our duo arrives? Come back next issue for another big adventure!
Personal Thoughts and Opinions:
On it’s own, this issue is a perfectly fine way to wrap up the story. The action continues to be intense, the artwork is on point, and Hulk still does what he does best. I have liked the internal struggle Amadeus has been going through on what it takes to be a hero. Does he keep his code and risk the lives of others or let loose and potentially save more in the end? At first, I was repelled by the idea of the young, modern “totally awesome” Hulk, but Amadeus has grown on me to the point where I’m happy to see more of him. Sadly, the Warlord continues to be a very one-note and forgettable villain. He has no real personality to speak of and serves only as a plot device. Compared to the Red King of the first Planet Hulk, he leaves a lot to be desired.
Since this is the last issue of the arc, I’m gonna take some time to address my one major complaint with the arc as a whole, as well as the upcoming one: the issue of name recognition. There was really nothing in this story at all to relate it to the previous Planet Hulk story aside from the setting. It could easily have taken place on any planet, but because people know and like Planet Hulk, it was set back on Sakaar. By no means is the story itself bad. It was still enjoyable to read and helped develop Amadeus as a character. I’m just a bit annoyed that it was made into a Planet Hulk sequel solely to sell books, especially when it has no real connection to the original. Granted, I don’t know if this decision was made by Marvel or Greg Pak himself, but either way, I wish things had been left, as Hulk usually wants, alone. Hopefully, the next arc—which I won’t spoil the title of— proves to be worth the name it’s taking.