Happy birthday to me! Well, Glowbear sent me a birthday tweet and what else t mention? I got an iPad for my birthday! In fact, these Striderisms are being made on my iPad, courtesy of Evernote. I fact, I used a super secret script for the recaps on my laptop while I read your precious cblogs on the beautiful display of my iPad. My computer set up might look a little ridiculous but it's pretty convenient. Of course, the number one reason I was looking forward to getting a nice tablet was to read all my digital comics. Once I saw how my comics looked on my sister's iPad, I knew I had to get one myself. The X-Men never looked so awesome.
Speaking of comics, I managed to snag a few comics from Marvel's short lived 700 promotion. 700 comics, absolutely free and being given away in an attempt to sway in more readers. And while the servers got predictably slammed (to the point where the promotion was prematurely ended so that it could restart another day when Comixology would be ready), it worked beautifully. Even the newest comics from Marvel's new Point One are apart of the promotion and it's worked perfectly in getting me to buy into Marvel's newest series. One of my most favorite series I got from the promotion was Te Indestructible Hulk. I was never really sold on the concept of The Hulk. Of a man who was a living bomb and was constantly depressed on the idea of never being a normal man again. In Indestructible, Banner is painted in a different light: an ambitious man who's tired of being what many people describe as a puny rape victim. Instead of pouting that he has an uncontrollable rage beast inside of him, he decides to deal with it as he deals with an issue of vanity. The issue being that when the Phoenix Force last visited Earth, Tony Stark and Reed Richards were called to solve the problem while Banner was reduced to being a back up plan as The Hulk to distract The Phoenix. To this, Banner was like, "Freak this! I'm a fucking genius too! Why does everyone love Tony Stark so much? If people actually paid attention to me, I'd be solving world hunger and energy crisis like I was making a damn sandwich!"
Bruce Banner is no longer some sad little man with an awesome force of nature stuck inside of him. He's a confident man who calmly sits down with S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill and tells her, "If you give me a chance to show off, I'll let S.H.I.E.L.D. take credit for all of it."
Instead of thinking of the Hulk as an uncontrollable monster he wants to be rid of, he thinks of the Hulk as an incurable disease he has to live with like AIDS or diabetes. But Banner isn't thinking about how to control his episodes. Instead of stopping his explosions and bottling them up, Banner has decided to throw those explosions at targets by directing the Hulk rather than reigning him in. So he sweetens the deal for S.H.E.I.L.D. by describing himself as the ultimate two-pack: you get a genius scientist and a remote control, man tsunami for the price of one.
This is definitely the kind of Bruce Banner that's easy to like when compared to Mark Ruffalo's performance from The Avengers last year. And I haven't even gotten to Thor: God of Thunder and the hilarious adventures of a space Viking god. Or Captain America's gripping self-dialogue as he pushes through trial after trial of physical punishment. Or Deadpool... fighting zombie presidents. Sure, why not?