Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Coming of the Hulk

Season: Micro-Season
Episode Number: 2
Season Episode Number: 2
Production Number: M02
Airdate: October 11, 2010

Writer: Kevin Burke & Chris Wyatt
Director: Sebastian Montes

Voices: Fred Tatasciore (Hulk), Rick D. Wasserman (Absorbing Man), Gabriel Mann (Bruce Banner), (General "Thunderbolt" Ross), Unknown (Police Officer), Unknown (Soldier), Unknown (Waitress).

Plot: General "Thunderbolt" Ross has tracked Bruce Banner to Las Vegas. But Bruce is there because he has tracked down the Absorbing Man!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Our introduction to the Hulk covers a lot of ground in only five and a half minute. It's actually more like an introduction to Bruce Banner, who has more of a character than he usually does in animation. There is still a lot of running and chasing, but Banner isn't a whiner and a coward like we saw him most recently in Wolverine and the X-Men and Hulk Vs..

Banner's quest is to help all of the gamma irradiated "creatures" that are held up in The Cube, a SHIELD holding and rehabilitation centre for super-villains.

That's where Absorbing Man comes in. In this universe, it seems that Absorbing Man has closer ties to the Hulk than to Thor. Banner tells us that "Crusher" Creel got his powers from gamma radiation, rather than a magic drink given to him by Loki. I love Absorbing Man's design and how he dwarfs Banner. I can't wait to see the special effects used to demonstrate his powers. The stylized look of this show falls between comic book and cartoon and I think it is a great blend.

This short was simple, but moved at a good pace. The entire time I was waiting for the Hulk, only to have him show up at the last second (fantastic transformation sequence, by the way). It sure was nice to hear the familiar roar of Fred Tatasciore, who has played the Hulk in a number of recent Marvel productions.

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1 comment:

Orphen said...

This was a pretty good micro episode with the Hulk. The transformation looked pretty cool. Overall, I enjoyed Bruce Banner and how he is not portrayed as a sniveling weakling who is basically useless but to be the host for the Hulk. Then again, when he is in the Avengers, he does have to be able to control himself a lot more than in recent portrayals of him.