Give Cover

10th May 2021, 12:00 AM in The Incredible Hulk
Give Cover
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Author Notes:

10th May 2021, 12:00 AM
Full disclosure, the Incredible Hulk chapter will be ending in just a couple of pages, for a few different reasons. I knew going in this was going to be one of the more difficult movies to adapt, but (due in part to my own decisions in how to cover it), working on it has been kind of a slog, and I feel I've covered the things that are going to be important for future chapters.

Still, if you were looking forward to the big Hulk/Abomination throwdown, I apologize. I promise, there are currently no plans to cut the big climactic fight out of any other chapters at this time. Just this one, mostly because a) round three of Hulk vs. Blonsky feels a little stagnant, and b) if the university fight was any indication, getting good screencaps of two big green CGI creatures duking it out was probably going to be more trouble than it's worth.

If it's any consolation, once this chapter is over, we'll be jumping straight into Iron Man 2, with no interludes.

Comments:

10th May 2021, 8:37 AM
Kerching
Oh well... I was kinda looking forward to Mark's reaction to Abomination.

Maybe we could get it in some flashback panels explaining how Smart Hulk came to be?
10th May 2021, 10:00 AM
Well, there's definitely plans in place for Abomination down the line due to him being a confirmed character for She-Hulk, though I'm angling to work him back into things here and there well before then in part because I obviously have no idea what the plan is there. He's actually the main reason this chapter happened in the first place, with how disconnected Incredible Hulk is from the rest of the MCU I came very close to skipping straight to Iron Man 2 and condensing a few bits of the movie when Hulk showed up in Avengers (which, hey, I can still do, just with less movie left to cover XD). Probably doesn't help that it's one of my least favorite movies to watch in the franchise.

Ultimately I think I made an oopsie trying to do this as a single-player campaign, especially one where the player and the GM get along. Unfortunately, the only alternative I could think of that didn't feel like an obscenely obvious attempt at creating more character interaction was making Blonsky a player character too, but I already have a couple Evil PC's coming within the next few chapters (one painfully obvious, the other I'm hoping less so) and I didn't want to overplay that hand.
12th May 2021, 9:00 AM
Kerching
Ah. Got it. Completely understand. Like Otaku said, nobody wants you to burn out.

By the way, this is a really good webcomic! I'm excited to see where you take it. Keep up the good work!
10th May 2021, 10:23 AM
Otaku
Well, thanks for the warning.

On one hand, there's no sense risking burn out trying to force a good adaptation out of it. I've mostly been enjoying it myself. In hindsight, would you have glossed over some of the earlier bits, or do you really not understand that people who don't enjoy watching CGI monsters duke it out are the abnormal ones? XD

Yes, a little kidding on the square. I really do not want you burning out - we've both been there with other webcomics - and it isn't like I'm paying you to make the strip. ;) There are just so many unintentionally humorous bits in your explanation. Besides what I just said:

...round three of Hulk vs. Blonsky feels a little stagnant...

Yet oh-so-true to tabletop RPGs. And JRPGs. Really, game design in general. XD

If it's any consolation, once this chapter is over, we'll be jumping straight into Iron Man 2, with no interludes.

You were being very honest by phrasing it that way. Nothing on you; Iron Man 2 (2010) is one of the weaker Marvel films. It is unfortunate The Incredible Hulk (2008) and it were released by each other. I enjoyed both films, as well as Thor but Iron Man (2008), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and Marvel's The Avengers (2012) are the clear winners in Phase One.

Also, it is so weird going back and realizing "Oh, wow. Phase 1 was pretty spread out, especially for only five films!" I mean, compared to the release schedules for later Phases. :)
10th May 2021, 10:57 AM
Yeaaaaaaah, that's a good point. XD In my defense, the problem was less about CGI monsters duking it out and more about being able to depict the fight WITHOUT having it look absolutely horrendous. It wasn't until I started screen-capping for the university fight that I realized still-shots of the Hulk in this movie... do not look the best. Which is fair, it's meant to be viewed in motion, but it didn't make me feel a lot better about having to depict Hulk and Abomination slugging it out at night with fire and rubble and whatever else.

I have a soft spot for Iron Man 2. It's not a great movie, arguably it's probably not even a "good" movie, but I enjoy the heck out of it despite some VERY stupid choices.

Also, it is so weird going back and realizing "Oh, wow. Phase 1 was pretty spread out, especially for only five films!" I mean, compared to the release schedules for later Phases. :)

Yeah, we went from five movies across five years, to six movies across three years, to eleven movies across four years, to (assuming Phase Four goes through 2023) somewhere between ten and twelve movies, eleven series of varying length, a holiday special, AND a series of Groot shorts across three years. Absolutely crazy.
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