Rage in our Hearts (The Incredible Hulk #717 Comic Review)

“World War Hulk II: Part IV”

Written by: Greg Pak

Art by: Carlo Barberi

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!

What You Need to Know:

Hulk is on the loose! A “Dark Hulk” persona has taken over Amadeus’s body and is causing havoc in the streets of New York City. More heroes have stepped in to try and bring the beast down, but plan after plan fails to stop Dark Hulk’s rampage. Even the biggest Marvel heroes like Captain Marvel and Thor are having a tough time putting a stop to Hulk’s actions. The only one who can take down the Hulk is brave Amadeus, trapped inside his own mind.

Can our heroes come up with a plan and put a stop to World War Hulk once and for all? Keep reading to find out!

Today’s Self-Reflective Issue:

It all comes down to this folks! Amadeus’s family and friends need to take down the Hulk now, or else. While Marvel’s greatest heroes keep Hulk from doing any more damage in the real world, the real fight is going on in the mind of Amadeus. This Dark Hulk persona is a part of him, whether he likes it or not. If he wants to stop Hulk, he only has two options: eliminate this facet of himself from causing any more harm or accept himself for who he is.

What is the right choice to make, and what will become of Amadeus because of it? Pick up the issue to find out, and continue the story of Amadeus and his pals in Marvel’s Champions!

Personal Thoughts and Opinions:

This issue turned out to be quite a nice end to both the World War Hulk II story and Amadeus’s journey for the time being. As I’ve stated before, I didn’t have much knowledge of Amadeus as a character before starting to review this series. But as time went on and each issue came to pass, I started liking him more and more. Like Banner, he has a dark side to his personality that the Hulk exemplifies. It was this darkness in his mind that finally broke free during WWH II. As Amadeus puts it himself when talking to the Dark Hulk: “You’re everything I hate about myself, but you’re me.” I think this is a really interesting thing for a young reader to learn. We all have aspects of ourselves that we don’t like, but instead of pretending they aren’t there or trying to forcefully remove them, the best thing to do is accept them as a part of who you are and try to grow from them. And in the end of the story, Amadeus does just that and changes seemingly for the better.

Getting back to the issue itself, sadly in the end, the World War Hulk II title still feels unwarranted. Unlike it’s predecessor, this turned out to be a much smaller and more confined event. It was still an interesting and entertaining story to read, but it didn’t earn the fanfare that a sequel to World War Hulk should have.

The artwork remains quite good, with intense action scenes and well drawn characters. I liked the perspective change between outside and inside Hulk’s mind as the battle went on. It helped you feel that these two separate events were having an impact on each other. All in all, a very well done story despite it’s marketing ploy of a title.

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Jared Wood

Jared Wood

I'm just 23 year old nerd who loves Star Wars a bit too much and thinks Spider-Man 2099 deserves more recognition.
Following along with Amadeus through both these sequel stories has been a fun ride. There's been some bumps along the way but in the end Greg Pak delivered once again at telling an engaging, fun and surprisingly insightful Hulk tale. I hope he comes back to write Hulk again soon. I'm curious to see how the new Immortal Hulk title picks up the reigns. We'll have to wait and see.
  • Good action
  • Interesting character development
  • Fitting conclusion to Amadeus's stint as Hulk
  • Still undeserving of title
Story - 8.5
Art - 8
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I'm just 23 year old nerd who loves Star Wars a bit too much and thinks Spider-Man 2099 deserves more recognition.

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