This week, the Marvel NOW! title "Indestructible Hulk" hit the stands--Written by Mark Waid, drawn by Leinil Francis Yu, colored by Sunny Gho, and lettered by Chris Eliopoulos. What is the Hulk's new direction? What is Mark Waid's take on the character?
The story is aptly titled "Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.", as it shows us how Bruce Banner approaches Maria Hill, makes a pitch for why S.H.I.E.L.D. should hire him, and demonstrates the potential usefulness of the Hulk by taking down a villain. That's the basic plot in a nutshell. Waid's take on Banner is very similar to how he picked up Matt Murdock. Here is a man who has come to accept things about himself and wants to improve his life and others' lives. Bruce's problem is a lot more specific than Matt's were, but it's the same starting point. Banner needs the Hulk. The Hulk needs Banner. Let's see how we can make this work. Turns out, it's Ultimates/Movie Avengers approach--treat Hulk as a weapon, use Bruce for his know-how.
Yu and Gho provide us some nice-looking interiors. I do like the clear and crisp look. However, the perspective and the layout are a bit wonky in spots.
Overall, it's a fairly average start, but I feel it easily could improve as it moves forward.
What say you, the people?