|This is the size of the of grin I get about this book|
The core concept of the book is that Bruce Banner has decided to stop trying to treat Hulk as a thing that can be cured, and instead treat his Hulk episodes as a chronic condition, like diabetes. He also stops moping about his condition and gets himself a makeover and starts looking at his life in a new way. He switches from glasses to contacts that let him monitor a bunch of his vitals to know when a Hulk episode is coming on. He starts inventing again, using the time he had previously wasted trying to get rid of the Hulk to instead create a legacy for himself beyond the monster inside. And, most importantly, he stops running from the government, instead seeking out Maria Hill and making a deal with her. And here's where the book gets really interesting.
|The scientific method, Marvel-style|
It's a spin on the traditional character that essentially asks, "What happens when the angry outcast nerd stops using his differences as a reason to isolate himself and instead turns them into strengths?" It's the kind of thing I wish I could have given to teenage me, and it might be helpful if you have an angry outcast nerd in your family. Even if that were the only reason to like it, it would be a really valuable book. But, that's not the only reason; the art (some by Yu and some by Simonson) is great, and Waid's writing, as usual, is excellent. I really like this book. It's one of the very few that I don't wait for the single issues to be collected in trades, because I want so much to see what happens next.