At the beginning Hulk was 6.6 ft tall and had the physique of a professional wrestler. At that time it was impressive when he smashed a solid concrete wall with bare hands. Then he turned green and grew to 7 ft. Someday he picked up a tank (later he even threw a tank). But what happened next?
Over time, Hulk became more muscular and bigger. It was the emergence of bodybuilding which led to this change of aesthetics. Now muscularity stood automatically for physical strength which emerged from the well known country called "Steroidos". This phenomenon affected not only the comic world, it also spread to other areas: movies and action figures. Based on this change, Banner transformed not only into a slightly larger tyrant, but in a green steroid monster that could crush entire planets.
If comics produce only one superlative after another, then what can we expect? What superlative can surpass the previous superlatives? And does it have to at all?
I know that times change and that one must adapt many things to the changing times. But isn´t there a loss of essence? For the children of the 60's and 70´s strong heroes looked different. The normal human being, the human potential was still the core of it all. And today? Heroes can not look bulky and big enough. For me, this is an idealization of something that we can not detect anymore. It is a continuously expanding cloud that wants to please at any cost. Maybe I sound a bit old fashioned, but there is a feeling, a certain anxiety and hopelessness that slowly but surely eats through the pages of comic books. I don´t want to see exploding planets anymore and I don´t like that "Steroid-Bulk-Freakshow. I'm tired of all these repetitive clichés that try to shoot each other, this grrr, I'm a giant and can smash a planets, all this blood pools, that gushes out of the steroid freaks.
I want exciting stories and ordinary people whose deeds make them heroes and not their appearance. Hulk should be muscular, but please not like a giant burst pile of meat. And one more thing: Please don´t show meaningless and exaggerated violence, which are characterized by oceans of blood, no women, which consist only of big breasts and big butts, that are worn by meter-long legs (and of course, all in skin-tight patent leather). Sorry, I'm digressing somewhat from the real topic.
So, what is your opinion?