Indestructible Hulk #9 Review - Mark Waid

hulk9 After Hulk€™s highly entertaining team-up with Thor, drawn by Walt Simonson no less!, Mark Waid continues the Hulk team-ups by uniting Hulk with his other series, Daredevil (€œtwo great tastes that taste great together€ is a phrase that applies perfectly to this issue). Waid picks up an idea he planted in the early issues of this series where Banner places a call once a week to a mysterious figure to ensure SHIELD don€™t double-cross him - if he doesn€™t make the call, a lot of compromising data goes out on them. Who is that mysterious figure? Well, he€™s on the cover - it€™s Matt Murdock/Daredevil! The evil organisation Agence Byzantine have stolen some Thor-level weaponry and, as they€™re in Daredevil€™s neighbourhood of Hell€™s Kitchen, SHIELD and Banner team up with Daredevil to re-capture the tech before it gets used. Handily, the massive guns emit a high frequency sound which Daredevil, using his heightened senses, is able to track, so he and Hulk head off on the hunt. This comic has a lot of really great moments and ideas which isn€™t surprisingly given the writer of this series is the enormously gifted Mark Waid. Banner and Maria Hill have a wonderful rapport like when Banner smugly declares he€™s invented new mobile phone tech that can€™t be blocked by SHIELD so he€™s able to call Daredevil without them knowing and Maria gets him back by pushing him out of a plane after replacing his parachute with shrapnel! Waid works the sonics angle further by giving Daredevil a certain tone of voice that can get through to Hulk even when he€™s enraged, immediately calming him and bringing back Banner. €œHe€™s responding to tone, not meaning. I yelled down Hulk, but it€™s Banner who heard me€ says Daredevil. It€™s a great idea not least because sound is very important to Daredevil€™s character but also because it emphasises the strong friendship between the two and gives Daredevil an edge to Hulk while making Hulk seem less chaotic. Daredevil and Hulk make a really great team, it€™s surprising this hasn€™t been done before! Matteo Scalera is no Simonson but his art is pretty good in this issue. It€™s far darker than I expected and is quite a contrast to Simonson€™s bright, gleaming colour palette that he used in the last 3 issues of Indestructible Hulk, and though Scalera does action really well, I think he€™s definitely my least favourite artist on this series so far - which isn€™t much of a diss, given Leinil Yu and Walt Simonson are the other artists! Indestructible Hulk #9 continues the high quality storytelling that this series has had since the start and remains one of the bright spots in the Marvel NOW! lineup. It€™s a comic that€™s definitely worth checking out as it€™s really smart, well written, and a ton of big green fun. Indestructible Hulk #9 by Mark Waid and Matteo Scalera is out now
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