While I had not read Planet Hulk or World War Hulk, I wanted to get to the core of this character first after finding the very cool Marvel Universe Skaar this past summer. I was completely unaware of this character, and resolved to read about him as soon as I could find a copy at a decent price- couldn't do better than $3.99 on Amazon, kids!
A lot of the story of Skaar's early infancy to his coming of age were told in flashback, and this was mildly confusing- I wasn't sure exactly what point in time we were through some of it, but I got the general idea. I read some reviews that complained about this observance, one in particular who had read Planet Hulk & World War Hulk, and realized having not read those was not the issue. Aside from that, I was fascinated by the book's art depicting the savage world that gave birth to this violent creature. His main nemesis is a brutal warlord Axeman Bone out to kill every child born in order to stamp out the "old power" drawn from the planet that Skaar's mother possessed, believed to be the Sakaarson, a figure of apocalyptic legend.
I liked author Greg Pak's creation, the world of Sakaar, though it was nothing new- he claimed to have gotten the flesh of the idea from reading about the real lives of gladiators in ancient Rome, Ghengis Khan, as well as contemporary literature on the art of war. Conan the Barbarian came to mind naturally. But hey- some of the oldest stories are the best, right? Told over & over again, to the next generation, then the next and so on... I plan on reading Planet Hulk & World War Hulk some time in the future, and maybe some of the following tales where Skaar catches up with Bruce Banner, which I got a glimpse of in Seven the Hard Way when he stomps Wolverine's butt into the ground, then impales him on a tree. See how Marvel got me all wrapped up in that? Damn :D
* See my post on the Marvel Universe World War Hulk & Skaar action figures!
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