Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
The first issue in this series was brilliant, and I'm happy to see the Hulk as a character taken in the right direction, and used properly. if you've read any of my reviews for the previous Incredible Hulk series you'll know that I didn't like it, and that at points I thought it was a joke of a series, so this series start as good as I'd hoped it would was very nice, and I have every faith that Mark Waid will keep writing Hulk with the quality he deserves.
This issue sees Iron Man visit the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility where Banner is working, as he thinks S.H.I.E.L.D. is somehow controlling Banner. Him and Banner have a few words with each other and Iron Man eventually agrees to help Banner with an experiment he's working on, in the Himalayas.
This was another brilliant issue in what I expect will be a great series. I'm personally very happy that Waid is showing more of Banner in this series, and that finally he's making Banner the scientist he deserves to be. The only small thing I have against this issue was bringing Iron Man into the series as early as he has. Last issue Banner mentioned that he wants some credit for scientific discoveries that have helped mankind, and that he doesn't want people like Iron Man taking all the limelight. Due to this it was inevitable that Iron Man would make an appearance during the series, but the second issue was a bit early in my opinion. I can however easily overlook this as the issue was brilliant, and I'd rather it was as early as it is and brilliant, than have a build up and be rubbish. I do however also hope that the series will form a proper story, as although I've enjoyed both these issues so far it would be nice to see a proper continuing story.
The art in this issue was amazing, and Leinil Francis Yu continues making the Hulk look fantastic. I've always loved Yu's artwork, and think it really suits this series. I've always loved how he can easily show of the characteristics of characters, whilst putting his own uniqueness to the series, as you can both recognise who the characters are straight away, and that it was drawn by Yu, which is always I nice thing. The detail in his art is also a thing I've always loved and he doesn't disappoint in this issue. The only thing negative I have to say about his art is that I personally thought his take on the Iron Man Armour in the first couple of pages was a bit awkward looking, especially whilst Iron Man was taking some of it off. I did however like how he drew Iron Man in the later parts of the comic, and still overall love his artwork, and hope he stays on this series for a long time.
|Enter Iron Man|
|A Scientific Joke|
|Hulk vs. Iron Man|
I also liked that despite everything that happened in this issue that it ended with a nice set-up to the next issue, whilst keeping this a stand-alone issue.
A brilliant continuation to the Marvel NOW! series I'm most excited to read. I would highly recommend this issue, as well as the previous issue, and hope that it keeps at this brilliant level for some time.