8.0 out of 10 - salloria
The Abomination has been murdered, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been breached and Russia suffered a catastrophe with all signs pointing to the Hulk. Except this Hulk is red and Bruce Banner is locked up underground in Nevada. Who is this new Hulk? Bruce Banner, with documents and files supplied by S.H.I.E.L.D. attempts to find the answer…
Jeph Loeb contributes three short stories to this one-shot, all of which shed new light on different instances in the ongoing Red Hulk storyline found in the first arc of Hulk. In each short, Loeb gives just enough new information to keep things going, but not a lot, mind you. While that new information does fall a little flat - understandably since Loeb doesn't want to reveal too much - the separate focus on the Red Hulk, She-Hulk and General Ross are pretty faithful to each character's established nuances. The short with She-Hulk - and how things transpired on the helicarrier through her point of view - is especially well done.
In "Where Monsters Dwell," Art Adams shows that he's still got it with his savage fight between the Red Hulk and the Wendigo. His rendition of the Wendigos (that's right, plural) is easily one of my favorites as they tend to look a little more human, while still looking like the tortured creatures they are.
Frank Cho's "Wait Until Dark" is a perfect fit for him as this is the short centering on She-Hulk, and we all know how Cho draws women. Again, this short contains another beat down, only it's not nearly as close as one might think. The Red Hulk that Cho draws is right up there with Ed McGuinness', and that helps insert this tale into the already established continuity.
In the last short, "The Death and Life of the Abomination," Herb Trimpe's classic style really compliments the history of the Hulk's arch-enemy. The Abomination should be disgusting to see, and Trimpe doesn't disappoint. While the Hulk himself seems to fluctuate between each scene, that could be due to the different eras represented than anything else.
All in all, a decent companion to the Red Hulk storyline, and if that doesn't whet your appetite, this one-shot also contains reprints for Avengers (1963) #83 and Incredible Hulk (1968) #180 and 181 - the latter of which is the first appearance of Wolverine. A definite bang for your buck.