WWH Aftersmash: Damage Control #1 (Marvel – McDuffie / Espin / Guru FX)
We don’t know if you heard…but Hulk came back to earth and made a HUUUUUUUUGE mess. Who’s S.H.I.E.L.D. gonna get to clean it up? DAMAGE CONTROL, the roughest, toughest dilapidated dirt dogs this side’a the universe. If anyone can clean up the aftereffects of WORLD WAR HULK, they can. But while they’re picking up the pieces, they find that the war…may not be over…
So, Damage Control is back, the question is: Do fanboys care? It has yet to be seen with very little being said about this revisit to the 90’s. The premise stems from the idea that there must be some organization that cleans up after the super-battles, someone who rebuilds the highways and bridges after giant robots attack, someone who cleans up if Dragon-man leaves a mess. The concept is solid and the original 4-part series (circa 1989) is classic. While I am a huge Dwayne McDuffie fan, this first issue really lacked content. There is a meeting between Anne-Marie Hoag (Director of Damage Control) and Tony Stark to set it up that Manhattan needs rebuilding post-World War Hulk. Damage Control assembles their team and a whole slew of heroes show up to help. Cameos include Daredevil, FF, the Initiative, Iron Fist and a new Black Goliath (Tom, Bill Foster’s son). The issue concludes with The Thunderbolts showing up to check on registration cards. Both the writing and art was fine, it’s just it felt short and uneventful. Here’s hoping issue #2 has more a jolt to it.
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