On the week that Disney bought Marvel, something I'd given up hope ever happening happened - Peter Bagge's Incorrigible Hulk came out. Woo!
Spider-Man Tries To Fit In In The Land Of The Spider-People!
Ahahahaha! Stupid Spider-Man!
So, yeah, Bagge's The Incorrigible Hulk was the follow up to his The Megalomaniacal Spider-Man, that never came out because Marvel thought it was too fucked up, or something. But no longer! Times and tastes have shifted a little, and the first part of it came out last week, as part of the Marvel Knights title Strange Tales #1, which also features ace strips like the aforementioned Welcome To Spider-Town, by ace indie comix folks like...
Paul Pope! Peter Bagge! Molly Crabapple & John Leavitt! Junko Mizuno! Dash Shaw! James Kochalka! Johnny Ryan! Michael Kupperman! Nick Bertozzi! Nicholas Gurewich!
Yes indeed. Gurewitch did Hulk and Wolverine. Look!
Oh Logan! When will you learn?!
Anyway. Hulk. Bagge. Yes. It's being serialised over the three issues of Strange Tales we've been promised, which will be collected in a handy trade paperback, Strange Tales Max TPB in March 2010. Which seems ages away, but actually isn't. Yikes.
And was it worth the wait? Well, first off, I read every other strip in Strange Tales #1 first, like a small boy eating around his steak cos he knows how awesome its going to taste. They're all brilliant, perversely enough. From Johny Ryan's Marvel's Most Embarrassing Moments...
...to Nick Bertozzi's pathos infused mini-masterpiece My Lover Modok...
...shit remains thoroughly fly, throughout. Hell, by the time I got to Hulk, I thought, well, even if it's a massive disappointment, this has still been a thoroughly excellent comic book, and I can't wait for issue 2.
But guess what?
PETER BAGGE'S HULK WAS NOT A MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT!
IT WAS ACE!
IT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD TILL A BIT OF WEE CAME OUT!
(Yeah, it made me LOLTABOWCO. Yeah I just invented an acronym. Yeah, you wait till you hear that on a bus coming out of the mouth of a hot person and you get to go, "I totally know the guy that invented that amazing acronym!" and they're like, "wow, have all my money and my loving.")
AHAHAHAHAHAHA! Funny Hulk! Hulk say make healthy lifestyle choices from now on or HULK SMASH!
Thank goodness for that, eh?