The First Comic Book I Ever Got...

Incredible Hulk Vol 2 #228
Incredible Hulk Vol 2 #228

My Dad took us down to the comic store that used to be in the Pike Place Market here in Seattle. It was downstairs. I remember looking at them all and not knowing anything about them. At random I picked up the Incredible Hulk #228. I guess it was the cover that got me. A sci-fi looking lady smashing the Hulk through a wall- must be pretty cool. I still have it too.

Most of the comics my older brother and I got after that are no more. We would cut out the characters and glue them onto paper to make our own stories. Lot's of fun for us kids, but the end of those books.

I Am 420!

I've been ranked #420 on  
I'd like to stay here and glow. 

What time is it?!?  420!!! Not 419 (too early). Not 421 (too late). 420 => right on time!!!

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I Saw the Hulk Today!

My lady took me to see the new Hulk movie today for Father's Day. It's so dope to have a partner that cares about me that much! 
In short - It was flippin' GREAT! 
Of course they re-created the history of the Hulk again. That's cool. If I want the history from Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's original perspective, I read my comic books. 
I was pleased that they assumed that the movie viewer was a little familiar with the Hulk. We get his creation in flashbacks. They also tied in a lot from various periods of the comic book Hulk's history, (ie Mr Blue and Mr Green correspondence, Betty dating the shrink while Banner's gone, etc.)
I also like the idea of a comic book based movie playing out like a comic book. No matter how it ends, there's room for another episode. They give us an unresolved Abomination, the making of the Leader, and a hint (not too subtle) of an Avengers movie. 
I loved it and I'm ready for more!

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6 Comics a Month Right Now...

I'm reading a few comics every month right now:

1. Hulk (hasn't been out every month, but they had King-Size Hulk instead)
2. Last Defenders (it's a mini series though)
3. Incredible Hercules
4. Marvel Adventures: Hulk (designed for kids but I like it!)
5. Usually a couple issues of Tales to Astonish in digital format (I started at the beginning of the Hulk and plan to catch up to the current issues.)

I'd like to read just the Incredible Hulk, but you know Marvel won't have it that way!

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Marvel Adventures: Hulk

Yes, Marvel Adventures: Hulk. I really wanted to check this out.

I know it's designed for kids, so I felt silly taking my issues up to the counter to purchase them from my "hip" comic dealer. It took me a while to decide to look at it because, I too thought it would be dumb.

Straight-up; I like it.

It reminds me of a Saturday morning cartoon. I want to eat a bowl of cereal while I read it. I put it on my pull list! I've even been checking out the Marvel Adventures: Avengers (because it has Hulk in it).

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World War Hulk Reading Order

Here's my after-the-fact "World War Hulk Reading Order".

I saw a reading order on another site (I don't remember where) that was broken down by page. It wasn't complete and too nit-picky for me. This is the order I store mine in:

World War Hulk Reading Order:

  • World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker

  • Incredible Hulk (1999-2008) - #106


  • Daily Bugle (2006-Present) - #9

Daily Bugle announces upcoming WWH, Iron Man, etc.

  • Iron Man (2005-Present) - #19

this is the battle with Iron Man

  • Iron Man (2005-Present) - #20

follows immediately after battle with Iron Man

  • World War Hulk: Front Line - #1

we see Hulk battling Iron Man at the end of this book without a


  • World War Hulk - #1

we witness the conclusion to the Iron Man battle

  • Irredeemable Ant-Man (2006-Present) - #10

Ant-Man is in the Hulk during the Iron Man battle

  • Incredible Hulk (1999-2008) - #107

we see the Iron Man battle then Hulk beats up Hercules

  • Incredible Hulk (1999-2008) - #108

Hulk has just finished punching on Hercules

  • Ghost Rider (2006-Present) - #12

Ghost Rider comes face to face with the Hulk. Must be post

Iron Man Battle

  • Ghost Rider (2006-Present) - #13

the face off between Ghost Rider and the Hulk continues

  • Heroes for Hire (2006-Present) - #11

the Hulk's forces have landed on Earth

  • Heroes for Hire (2006-Present) - #12

Heroes for Hire get on Hulk's space ship

  • Heroes for Hire (2006-Present) - #13

Heroes for Hire are prisoners on Hulk's space ship

  • World War Hulk: X-Men - #1

Hulk goes after Xavier. This could go before Ghost Rider.

Doesn't really matter.

  • World War Hulk: X-Men - #2

Hulk continues his questioning of Xavier.

  • World War Hulk: X-Men - #3

Hulk demolishes all X-Men and leaves.

  • World War Hulk: Gamma Corps - #1

This could go most anywhere. It's an introduction to the

Gamma Corps

  • World War Hulk: Gamma Corps - #2

Origins of Gamma Corps members.

  • World War Hulk: Gamma Corps - #3

No time reference for this one. hulk battles Gamma Corps and gets

his neck snapped. Must be before arena.

  • World War Hulk: Gamma Corps - #4

Hulk recovers from his broken neck. Beats Gamma Corps and

heads out (for Avengers battle?)

  • World War Hulk - #2

Battle against She-Hulk and the Avengers then destroys the

Fantastic Four

  • Avengers: The Initiative - #4

Hulk has already beat up Samson and the rest

  • Incredible Hulk (1999-2008) - #109

Hulk tells Renegades to go away and starts building arena

  • World War Hulk: Front Line -#2

Hulk's forces are on Earth and the 24 hours is just about up

  • World War Hulk: Front Line -#3

Hulk has already defeated the FF

  • Incredible Hulk (1999-2008) - #110

Hulk hasn't begun his arena battles.

  • Heroes for Hire (2006-Present) - #14

Heroes meet in arena. It is empty; must be before arena battles.

  • Heroes for Hire (2006-Present) - #15

This continues immediately after 14.

  • Avengers: The Initiative - #5

Hulk is obviously not busy with arena battles. He beats up Avengers

Shadow Initiative.

  • World War Hulk - #3

Hulk finishes arena. Dr Strange confronts him and gets his hands

crushed. Dr Strange summons Zom.

  • World War Hulk - #4

Hulk defeats Dr Strange/Zom. Arena battles begin. Sentry takes


  • World War Hulk: Front Line -#4

We see some arena battles from crowd perspective.

  • Marvel Spotlight: World War Hulk

Good time to have a Spotlight.

  • World War Hulk: Gamma Files

May as well think about different Gamma characters at this point.

  • Punisher: War Journal (2007-Present) #12

Side story. Punisher fights aliens and evacuates civilians from New


  • World War Hulk: Front Line -#5

We see Sentry enter the scene.

  • World War Hulk - #5

Battle between Sentry and Hulk and conclusion to WWH.

  • Incredible Hulk (1999-2008) - #111

Kind of a recap. We see the battle between Dr Strange/Zom and

Hulk as well as the battles between Hulk and Sentry. Then the


  • World War Hulk: Front Line -#6

Another recap from a different perspective. Also we see aftermath.

Now we are in the Aftersmash:

  • What If? Planet Hulk

I put this in Aftersmash because it felt right.

  • World War Hulk Aftersmash

Follows immediately soon after WWH #5.

  • Incredible Hulk (1999-2008) - #112

Follows sometime soon after WWH #5.

  • Incredible Hercules (2008-Present) - #113

These can just keep going in order...

  • Incredible Hercules (2008-Present) - #114

This is the last Aftersmash for Incredible Hercules. (It only

says it's Part of Aftersmash on the variant cover.) #115 carries

on the fun, but it's strictly Herc and Cho now.World War Hulk Aftersmash: Damage Control - #1

This could be read right after Aftersmash (or while your reading

Incredible Hercules.)

  • World War Hulk Aftersmash: Damage Control - #2

This is next.

  • World War Hulk Aftersmash: Damage Control - #3

This one finishes up this mini (it got kinda silly.)

  • World War Hulk Aftersmash: Warbound - #1

This could be read right after Aftersmash (or while your reading

Incredible Hercules and Damage Control.)

  • World War Hulk Aftersmash: Warbound - #2

Follows immediately after #1.

  • World War Hulk Aftersmash: Warbound - #3

Amazingly, this comes after #3.

  • World War Hulk Aftersmash: Warbound - #4

Yup. This one's next!

  • World War Hulk AfterSmash: Warbound - #5

Now, we're done.

I really enjoyed WWH and the Aftersmashes as well. Aren't comics cool?

If anyone thinks the reading order should be different or if I missed something, I'd love to hear it.

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