World War Hulk: Ghost Rider #13 and X-Men #2

Ghost Rider #13
Ghost Rider #13 (Marvel – Way / Saltares) – My review for this issue could be simply “Yadda yadda yadda… pointless.” Actually it could just be “Pointless,” but I was trying to stretch the review so it would take as long to read as this issue. Why did they bother? It reads super fast, has no impact on “World War Hulk”… The one positive comment would be that it was kinda funny at points but even that seems wrong. You have the motorcycle riding spawn of hell fighting a green monster with the fiery anger of hell in his heart and instead of the scariest most f’d up battle of all times, we get funny? Okay, now I’m getting Hulkin’ pissed. The Illuminati unfairly took Hulk’s life from him, Marvel is unfairly taking my cash. I’m making up my list of those who must surrender themselves to me

Grade: D

X-Men #2
World War Hulk: X-Men #2 (Marvel – Gage / DiVito / Vilarri) – The sign of bad writing is when a character has to do something idiotically stupid and illogical for the story to move forward. In this case, it isn’t even a single character. For this story to work, literally every single character has to behave stupidly for the plot to work. For those who missed issue #1, in the middle of prepping for his war on New York (less than 24 hours away), the Hulk decides to fly to Westchester to play a game of Scruples with Professor Xavier. He flies all the way up there to say, “Okay, I know you weren’t part of sending me into space and killing my family… but if you had been at that pow wow, how would you have voted? Just curious.” Yeah, okay. So the ball is in Prof X’s court. He can easily end EVERYTHING. But does he? Nooooo. He chooses an answer of GHOSTBUSTERS (“If someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!!!”) stupidity. Then every other character makes a final stupid decision. I will say that that decision is at least understandable but… look, the Hulk shows up asking his dumb questions but acting pretty calm and rational. He isn’t all, “I WANT TO HEAR YOU SCREAM!!!” Not sure what he has in mind for Professor X, the man who almost nearly hypothetically did nothing to him but it doesn’t seem like he’s in for a squishing. I also love when a million X-Men are attacking the Hulk and Beast says, “Please stop fighting…” when THEY are the ones who started the fight in first place! Madness! I think the powers at Marvel wished Professor X HAD been in on shooting Hulk into space. If they had, then this series would make sense. But he wasn’t, so to make this series happen at all, logic has to go out the window.

Grade: C

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