I know many of you reading this will gasp at the notion and say “Pat, how can you say something so horrible?” My first response will be, “Don’t call me Pat. We aren’t that close, random reader on the internet.” Then I would of course go on to say my reasons.
Check behind the cut to see exactly what those are.
First of all, the Hulk is a ridiculous character to begin with. Though I love and cherish the creation that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby has given us, you can’t get around the fact that the Hulk is a bit silly. There is nothing wrong with it’s silliness and that feeling is usually drowned out by the terrifying power this monster has and the destruction he causes, but when you hear about a big hulking green monster with ripped purple pants you can’t help but muster a lil’ giggle. Jeph Loeb finally wants to play up on the ridiculous and people get all up in a hissy fit saying, “He’s ruining the Hulk and all it’s greatness blabbity blabbity blah.” But check this out… no seriously, check this out: Mr. Loeb and Ed McGuinness created their own character to do this with. They didn’t ruin the Hulk. If anything they ruined the Red Hulk, and it’s not like he was great to begin with. He was always a jerk, even before he was the Rulk.
And why can’t he be a jerk? Not every villain has to have a back story of their hard lives when they were a kid and a life of crime was the only thing he or she could turn too. Some people are just assholes. You guys know what I’m talking about. Remember that bro on Friday? The one with the upside down visor, slicked back hair and Abercrombie and Fitch polo? The one who wouldn’t leave your girlfriend alone at the bar? Oh and he had that really bad cologne. Yeah, a real dick. Do you think his father trained him in the art of douche baggery from way back when? No! His father is a very nice man, whose never seen this side of his son.
The jerkiness may also be a side effect of being “Hulked Out”. Whenever someone is Hulkified, their personalities change. So why can’t the red Hulk have a not-so-nice one? Everyone’s genetics are different and people react differently to certain things, whether its medicine, food, etc. Is it so far fetched that another Hulk will not turn out to be a mindless baffoon and instead turn into a monster with a standard I.Q. and a bad attitude? And this isn’t the first time it has happened. (i.e. She Hulk)
I will grant the fans that the Rulk wasn’t completely original and turned out to be an existing character, but they made (stop here if you don’t know who the Red Hulk is yet but come on its been months man) (I’ll give you a little more space to still consider not knowing and I seriously can’t believe you don’t by now) “Thunderbolt” Ross a bigger threat than he’s ever been. Ross has always been a Hulk-centric menace, but since he’s gained his powers he’s been kicking ass and taking names like no other, all over the Marvel Universe. And that may not appeal to many because you say, “There’s no character development, where’s the character development, I want my character development,” but his character has been developing since 1962. We know the ins and outs of Ross through many different writers, and now it’s time for something different. And if that means making him look exactly like the Hulk, but a redder version, then let’s do this, baby. We got two more years until the apocalypse. Bring it on!
Now Mr. Mathew Meylikhov brought up a very valid point about the Red Hulk here. In the article he discusses the fact that Ross has an amazing mustache and the Rulk does not even though they are the same person. I must agree with this because it is true, but I also must say that the Rulk also doesn’t have eyebrows either. What about his hair and nails? They turn black whenever he tranforms. How can a normals man’s body structure handle insane bone and muscle growth multiple times and sustain it for long periods? How come we have been fooled by these simple things for almost 50 years? Because its fiction and we have to accept things like this in order to enjoy stories.
If anyone is still reading this, thanks for stickin’ around.
And please don’t hate me, fellow MC writers.