Review by Frank Plowright
This ties in with Chaos War, in which the Chaos King, based on Japanese deity Amatsu-Mikaboshi has concluded the universe was an infinitely preferable place when he was alone within it, so that state of affairs should be restored. It also follows up on events within the Hulk’s own series, where the assorted Hulks have had to deal with Skarr’s brother Hiro-Kala.
Where this crossover tie-in benefits is that it’s written by Greg Pak, who’s also orchestrating the main series, so he at least has an understanding of the bigger picture seemingly absent in some other cases. A theme of Chaos War is resurrecting dead characters as part of a sweeping clearout of the underworld, and there have been plenty of those over the Hulk’s long and violent history. First back is the Abomination, relatively rapidly after his demise, raising the suspicion Pak already had this story on his agenda.
The Hulk’s been travelling with a posse, so She-Hulk, Red She-Hulk, Rock monster Korg and Rick Jones in his A-Bomb identity are also usefully on hand when it comes to dealing with the Abomination and a demon named Zom. The key to the story, though, Jones’ former wife Marlo Chandler. For various complicated reasons she carries a little portion of death within her, and she’s the one restores the dead members of the Hulk’s cast. Pak’s not content with that, though, and for the concluding chapter he ups the complicated relationships already fed into the story still further in intriguing fashion.
Paul Pelletier is suited to illustrating the chaos, devastation and Hulk-scale battles, and the linear structure makes this the best of all the Chaos War titles.