To be honest, I got Skaar, Son of Hulk for free because the local comic shop owner was understanding enough to accept the extra copy of Hulk #3 I bought by mistake. My hopes were minimal, but I totally did Ron Garney‘s art and feel that old Ron is due for a a project that fully utilizes his skill.
Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise.
Skaar, Son of Hulk takes up the story from the finale of Planet Hulk, perhaps the best Hulk story readers have seen in decades. As his mother Caera is atomized in the arms of the Hulk, her womb turns to a stone-like substance, protecting young Skaar as the tiny fetus plummets into a pit of lava. Any normal baby would die outright, but instead we see tiny hands rend apart the womb and swim upwards to land. Skaar then progresses through a line of combat beginning with a scorpion-like monster to a full blown giant creature attempting to eat him even as Skaar clings to an antenna and punches out an eye.
This is possibly the most violently impressive Marvel comic I’ve read in ages… since Planet Hulk to be exact. Greg Pak brings all the danger of Sakaar back to readers in such a brilliant way that I wish Planet Hulk never ended. And Ron Graney steps up to bat as artist with such a ferocious energy that is unheard of in modern comics. I hope he sticks with the title because it really has a shot at getting him the exposure he so richly deserves. While I was suspicious of this title when it was first announced (is it a mini-series?), I am now waiting with baited breath for the next issue.
If you are on the fence about this series, take a chance. Despite Marvel‘s excitement over producing numerous Hulk comics this month to celebrate the movie, Skaar, Son of Hulk is easily the best Hulk comic on the stands.
Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk
World War Hulk (Marvel Comics)
The Incredible Hulk Omnibus, Vol. 1
Incredible Hulk: The End (Incredible Hulk: The End (The Last Titan) The chronicles of the final days of the Hulk!, Volume 1)