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Volume 14 of the Hulk Epics is our first 80s installment, and they've gone for a reasonably seismic period for the occasion. Covering material from 1985 to 1987, this book contains the entirety of John Byrne's truncated run, and the Al Milgrom period that heads us inexorably towards Peter David's title-defining work.
Writer-artist Byrne's time on the comic was sadly cut short due to him taking leave of Marvel, but what we have is typically status-quo shaking. Within a few issues Banner and the Hulk are split into separate entities, a new team of Hulkbusters is formed, and the long-running romance between Bruce and Betty reaches a milestone of sorts. It's good work, and we can only wonder where it would have headed should Byrne have remained on the title.
Milgrom does his best to pick up the reigns of that storyline and continues to mix up the Hulk's character and the book's cast, bringing us an all-new Hulk and the shift to grey that would eventually lead to Joe Fixit. It's not quite as accomplished, but there's still plenty of stuff to enjoy here.
Extras include five pages of material from Marvel Age, a page of original Byrne art, and the cover to Byrne's Visionaries volume. The comic would get even better with David's arrival, but none of that could have happened without the stories collected here.
Having read the first two John Byrne issues when I was a kid, his run was always something I wanted to revisit, and it doesn't disappoint. Great art and story-telling but I was surprised at how few issues Byrne wrote and illustrated.
After that Al Milgrom picks up the reigns - however it doesn't approach Byrne's run. It's not terrible by a long shot and is a great example of 'pulp' Marvel storytelling. But it soon becomes tiresome - endless issues with the Hulk being pursued by Doc Sampson and/or the Hulkbusters, seemingly with no progression. And how many times does the reader need to be told by RIck Jones that he was saved by Bruce Banner (EVERY ISSUE!)?
As 6 edições de Byrne no Hilk estão entre as melhores da história do personagem. Pena que a presença desse autor no título foi breve. Depois a edição vai bem o ritmo. Mas vale a pena demais pelas edições do Byrne. Que arte!
A excelente, mas infelizmente muito curta fase do Byrne no Hulk está aqui. E Al Milgrom assumiu o título depois que Byrne abandonou o barco e mandou muito, fechou muito bem fechando as histórias abertas.