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World War Hulk Aftersmash: Damage Control #2

February 26, 2008

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: The Little House I Used to Live In
Rating: T+

It’s the Thunderbolts versus Damage Control!

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Art: Salva Espin
Colors: Guru eFX
Letters: Nate Piekos
Editor: Nathan Crosby
Cover Art: John Romita, Jr. & Klaus Janson
Publisher: Marvel Comics

As Damage Control recruits any available hero (registered or not) to help with the clearing and rebuilding of New York, the Thunderbolts arrive to cause a little trouble.

While not as funny as the old Damage Control series were, there’s still a sharp sense of humor to this title that helps it gain a real sense of purpose in the aftermath of the Hulk’s rampage. What’s more, they whole Marvel Universe seems to be fair game for this particular playground. McDuffie, who of course created Damage Control, is able to have a lot of fun drawing on their past history with Robbie Baldwin here – he has an encounter with some of his former employers that is a bit more serious than this book often is, but still entertains. (It’s interesting – I’ve seen exactly three books where I found Penance interesting, and all three of them are about characters who miss him from when he was Speedball. Draw your own conclusions.)

The artwork here is particularly solid as well – Espin and Guru eFX have a great, clean, sharp style that emulates the more cartoonish look of the old comics while still molding them into a form that doesn’t look too out of place with the current hyper-realistic Marvel house style.

Almost twenty years later, this book still makes me smile. I really hope next issue isn’t the end of the road for Damage Control.

Rating: 8/10

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