Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk - Volume 6 Hardcover – Oct 26 2011
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The 13 issues (#122 - #134) collected in this volume highlight many of the difficulties of coming up with fresh approaches. The Hulk is of nominally childish and unsophisticated outlook but his intellect and knowledge get moved up and down as the plot requires. Everyone knows that the Hulk and Bruce Banner are one and the same but no villain ever takes advantage of this. (In one issue in this book the villainous Leader says that killing Banner would be no real victory but later says he must find the Hulk's weak point.) The book also uses other Marvel heroes as a crutch of sorts; the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, Iron Man, and Dr. Strange make appearances.
There is also an (intentionally?) amusing scene where Major Talbot, in full uniform, is trying to tail a black kid through the 'hood.
But nevertheless, the issues are an engaging and enjoyable read. Thomas and Trimpe are clearing giving it their all. Trimpe, who inks his own pencils through most of the book, is inked by John Severin for the last few issues. The difference is amazing. Thomas has an interesting and informative introduction, as always.
There is only one extra, a Hulk house ad. Disappointingly, the biographies omit John Severin.
Not the best Masterwork volume by any means but the material holds up adequately and the reproduction is first rate. Highly recommended.