World War Hulk: Aftersmash #1

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Rafa Sandoval Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 5, 2007 Critic Reviews: 6
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  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power Dec 2, 2007

    My thanks to my pal Stanton Daries for a productive set of conversations regarding WWH which helped me explore many of the above themes. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 5, 2007

    Now I don't want to sound entirely negative, because this issue does have its moments. Unfortunately, you really need to have followed along with multiple WWH tie-ins to fully appreciate Pak's story. For all the face time Misty Knight receives, it's hard to care about her conundrum if you weren't one of the 17 people following Heroes for Hire. I'd say the two biggest beneficiaries in this issue are Iron Man and the Warbound themselves. Any lingering doubts that Iron Man didn't deserve what he got in WWH are washed away as he saves the city yet again. The Warbound get their own shot at redemption, and it's unfortunate that this is mainly intended to lead them into one of the many Aftersmash mini-series. Like Decimation before it, Aftersmash #1 exists mainly to sell more books in the future. This time, try not to fall for it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Murray Dec 2, 2007

    But, there were a lot of positives to take from the story itself, as Pak takes a melange of different elements from this mini-series and boils it down into a conclusion that gels particularly well. I was particularly intrigued by Elloes motivations. Being one of the Warbound and having lost family in the explosion on Sakaar, her admission of guilt was a surprisingly moving example of human nature and bold self-analysis. On the other hand, I was turned off by Tom Fosters role in Aftersmash, since he does what most people expect him to do. By the way, if the world is missing a Goliath, do they need to replace him? Sorry for the digression! Fosters tale is one of simple revenge, but the ending gives hope to all four of the principle players in this 35 page drama as well as painting them as traditional heroes, concerned with the greater good over their personal ambitions. The better to lead their own series... While I know the Marvel machine is pulling to make all of these playe Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Dec 2, 2007

    Yes, by the end of the issue the now-familiar sense that Marvel is using the last pages of a story as advertising space for new books has crept in, and if you were expecting this one-shot to have anything to say about the Hulk himself, youll be disappointed. However, on its own terms its an enjoyable enough (if disposable) yarn which should answer the nagging questions of anyone who was worried about how New York would piece itself back together after the events of the main miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Dec 5, 2007

    Worth a look, especially if you weren't satisfied with WWH's ending, and a Must Read if you did enjoy WWH. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Dec 2, 2007

    All in all, Pak and Sandoval do an excellent job of killing any enthusiasm I had after finishing World War Hulk. I had intended to try out The Incredible Hercules and maybe even that Son of Hulk series, but now I just dont think Ill bother. To be quite honest, Planet Hulk and World War Hulk were both only fairly average, overall. When there were glimmers of light, they were pretty quickly dimmed, with nothing really being allowed to develop on its own. They brought him back to Earth too soon, I think. And now hes not even here anymore. Instead, we get replacements and sidekicks. And not a word anywhere about Rick Jones health. Did he die at the end of WWH or what? There were countless other possible threads that Id rather see followed up than what were being given here. Theres nothing in this comic that anyone needs to know, going into a post-WWH Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

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