This is really going to be more of a rant in general about how Marvel is failing to capitalize on the mind-shattering success of the Avengers movie to draw in new readers.
Everyone absolutely loved the Hulk. Every conversation I overhead as I left the theater was about the Hulk. I bet they’re selling the crap out of Hulk merchandise right now. It’s just unfortunate that the Point 1 issue of the primary (green) Hulk series that these potential new readers are being asked to jump in to is a bizarre, convoluted mess.
Despite the poor reviews, I actually enjoyed the whole Island of Dr. Banner arc, but this issue makes a hastily-arranged segue from that story. It deserved a much cleaner transition that could satisfy existing readers and spare new ones from the confusion.
Speaking of confusion, why on earth was The Orb even in this issue?!
I’m going to save you some trouble and post the only enjoyable sequence in the entire book: