Of Fatherhood and Superheroes
The work with Daken, Wolverine's son, and the sons of Hulk, has been amazing. And, in keeping with my uncanny sense of connection with Marvel, developed right as I was becoming a dad for the second time. So, I appreciate seeing James "Logan" Howlett struggle with a child who is making his same mistakes. I appreciate seeing characters like Hulk trying to break cycles deeply embedded.
See Incredible Hulk #611 for an example of that latter stated case. Greg Pak can straight-up write, and while I have not been a fan of the goofy multi-Hulks story lines going on recently, he's wrapping things up nicely.
Incredible Hulk 611 made me cry for several reasons and has my vote for best single issue of a superhero comic for 201.
Imagine, all these years we've seen the Hulk as a rampager, when it's possible that all along it took an entity as strong as the Hulk to protect the world from the wrath of Banner's pent up rage stemming from the abuse he witnessed and suffered as a child. Awesome stuff. Then have Hulk/Banner as father approached by a son bent on making him angry? Woah. And when child Skaar embraces his dad, finally knowing what he represents, illustrating that when we hate our fathers it's often because we don't know how to express our simultaneous love for them or have it validated, and also showing superhuman levels of forgiveness that can only come from children.....
Well, read the issue and tell me if you aren't moved, rattled, and shaken and struck, like one might expect to be if one found him/herself in a Hulk book, but in a totally different way.