Andy Richardson reviews a few unusually entertaining picks from Marvel. First, Marvel’s deceased X-Statix heroes help Dr. Strange battle the evil of the Pitiful One in X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl. Then, the Planet Hulk storyline exiles the Hulk to an alien world entirely.
X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl
When Marvel’s bizarre X-Statix series concluded, writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred killed off virtually all of their original mutant characters. But why should that keep them from starring in a new mini-series?
The X-Statix heroes and many other deceased characters, including Gwen Stacy, Mockingbird, and Ant-Man, are back to help Dr. Strange thwart the evil of the Pitiful One. He’s hoping that he and other long-dead villains can be resurrected—after all, since so many others have been brought back before, why not him?
Milligan writes and Allred inks (over Nick Dragotta in an Allred-esque style) this offbeat limited series, which mixes humor, drama, and nostalgia in equal parts.
Giant-Size Hulk (2nd Series)
The entertaining “Planet Hulk” storyline, in which the Hulk is exiled from Earth to an alien world where he’s not necessarily “the strongest one there is,” has fans excited about the character in a way they hadn’t been since Peter David’s lengthy run. What better way to capitalize on that buzz than with this extra-long one-shot that includes a new story from Hulk writer Greg Pak, in which Bruce Banner returns—sort of—to do to the Hulk’s life what he’d always done to Banner’s.
In addition to the Pak story, this issue features a new story set some years in the past where the Hulk battles the Champions (by Peter David), and a reprint of the hard-to-find Hulk: The End story, by David and former Hulk collaborator Dale Keown.