This is it. The last of my “top miniseries” miniseries of posts. Among others, I’ve listed my favorite Marvel minis from the 1980s, and done the same for DC, and also looked at some other great miniseries. I considered doing a top 10 Marvel minis of the 1990s but I couldn’t even come up with ten that I really, really loved. I got Steve Gerber’s 1990 Foolkiller series (one of my favorite comics of all time), and there was Marvels and some Thanos stuff…But that was really it for me. There were some other good minis (like Punisher: Year One), but none I’d rank as “great.”
So I skipped ahead. To this century.
Here’s my ten favorites of the last 14 years…
10. World War Hulk (2007, 5 issues)
This was a single-character event that crossed over into several tie-in miniseries and regular monthly books. It came at the end of a truly magnificent story, “Planet Hulk,” by Greg Pak in which Hulk was exiled to another planet and fell in love and made friends. On the surface, yes, it was a lot like the old Jarela storyline from the late 1970s. But Pak created an ensemble of characters that were fresh and real—not cliches—and really let us see a Hulk with a meaningful life. Without spoiling too much, that all ended as an unintended consequence of the actions of the “illuminati” (Reed Richards, Black Bolt, Doctor Strange, etc.), which, of course, made Hulk angry.
WWH was his revenge. It wasn’t as good as Planet Hulk in terms of story, because it’s basically five issues of Hulk kicking the shit out of everyone in the Marvel universe. But as a miniseries it’s fantastic, because it’s basically five issues of Hulk kicking the shit out of everyone in the Marvel universe.