The final issue of this crossover is also the final issue of Incredible Hulk. Details below.
Title: Incredible Hulk #111
Author: Greg Pak and Jeff Parker
Illustrator(s): Leonard Kirk did pencils and inks, while Chris Sotomayor took care of the colours.
Original Publication Date: Cover dated December 2007.
Cover Price: $2.99 US, $3.05 Can
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Amadeus Cho, Hercules, Angel and Namora continue to work to hold together as much of Manhattan as possible, starting with the cleanup of the Zom mess that Dr. Strange made.
Though the timelines don’t quite seem to match, rushing directly from the end of the Zom fight to the Sentry fight, I did like the fact that that particular mess was dealt with so effectively.
The rushed timeline. What seemed like hours between events in World War Hulk seemed more like minutes here.
This has an original feel to it, because it brought back something that was big in 1960s Marvel but not so big today: solving problems with brains instead of brawn. Cho constantly runs calculated risks that pay off while taking down one global threat after another. The fact that this resurfaces in a Hulk title of all places, which (back in the 1960s) was the only title guaranteed to solve problems by smashing them, means that we’ve recaptured something we haven’t seen since Peter David was in charge of the character. I give it 5 out of 6.
The artwork by Leonard Kirk tells the story very well, cramming a lot into these pages while still maintaining a clarity of content in some pretty small panels. The emotions and details are there, even in the small and distant depictions. I give it 5 out of 6.
The story is well told, apart from the timeline. In fact, as an action piece, I found it more satisying that World War Hulk #5 itself. I give it 4 out of 6.
The characterization of Cho in particular and his group in general is well done. Hercules and Namora share a moment that is truly a classic Herc moment, while Cho constantly runs risk assessments and generates plans that keep things running. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response is strong. I’m pumped for the upcoming reincarnation of the title. I give it 5 out of 6.
The flow is very smooth, running from threat to threat and dealing with each quickly and effectively. The art really helps to keep the pace up. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, this title has been the strongest World War Hulk crossover, and will soon be reincarnated completely. It’s definitely enjoyable, and the end of a very long era. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Incredible Hulk #111 receives 34 out of 42.
Additional Notes and Comments
This is the final issue of Incredible Hulk. Unlike Heroes for Hire, which ended with issue 15, this will be reincarnated next month with Incredible Herc #112, following the continuing adventures of Hercules and Amadeus Cho.
World War Hulk Review Checklist
- World War Hulk Prologue: World
- World War Hulk 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, complete
- Incredible Hulk #106-110,
- World War Hulk: X-Men #1-3
- World War Hulk: Frontline #1-6
- Iron Man #19-20
- Avengers: The Initiative #4-
- The Irredeemable Ant-Man #10
- Heroes For Hire #11-15
- World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1-
- Ghost Rider #12-13
- Punisher War Journal #12
- World War Hulk: Aftersmash
- WWH Aftersmash: Warbound
- WWH Aftersmash: Damage Control