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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 

Hulk goes to the middle east, but there's problems

In Hulk #42, the Red Hulk will go on the warpath to the middle east to avenge a close friend's death. But there's problems in the storyline:
Want to know how to really piss off a Hulk? Kill one of his friends. This fall General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross will lose one of his closest allies, setting the Red Hulk on the warpath. Seeking vengeance, Rulk will travel to the Middle East against the wishes of the US government. This rogue action will send General Fortean, his new arch-enemy, on his heels with weapons at the ready. Steve Rogers and the Secret Avengers will also be in hot pursuit, further complicating the Red Hulk's mission. Hulk of Arabia will see if Ross can mete out justice before he sparks an international incident.
I think the problem here is how this is being done at Captain America's expense, ditto the Avengers. Not only that, but it makes Steve look just like what some liberals seem to consider him: a character who unquestioningly does the bidding of his government, and here, the Obama adminstration, at least if the government featured in the story is meant to reflect it. In fact, why must it be the Hulk who'll take up challenging missions like this and not Captain America and the (Secret) Avengers? There can be something wrong when it's the anti-hero who's shown having a better grip on reality than the heroes do.

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