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Hulk vs. (DVD Review)

22 Jan, 2009 By: Billy Gil


Street 1/27/09
$19.98 DVD, $24.98 two-DVD set, $29.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for animated violence.

The two titles that comprise Hulk vs. — Hulk vs. Thor and Hulk vs. Wolverine — provide comic book geeks with what they love: stories steeped in comic lore that don’t skimp on violent action.

Both titles feature various characters from the Marvel Comics universe and will thrill fans who read deeply into the series. Prominent roles are given to the wisecracking Deadpool in Hulk vs. Wolverine and the devious Loki in Hulk vs. Thor, for example.

Hulk vs. Wolverine does well by following the actual mythology of Wolverine — the character initially appeared in “The Incredible Hulk” comic book series as an adversary of the Hulk, before later joining the X-Men. This title also sets the stage for the new animated TV series “Wolverine and the X-Men.”

But Hulk vs. Thor does better by adding a story with some depth to it, instead of trying to cram as much violence and as many characters in as possible. The Thor title centers on the battle to protect Odin, king of the gods, in his slumber from Thor’s villainous stepbrother Loki and his assistant, the enchantress Amora.

Overall, though, the focus is on action, and both titles deliver in spades. Despite being animated in bright colors, the battles are dramatic and brutal, and perhaps too violent even for the ‘PG-13’ rating.

The DVD also comes with several commentaries, making-of featurettes and footage from the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International, nicely rounding out what are essentially two long TV episodes.

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