We looked at his enemies already, but it doesn’t mean the big green lug can’t have any friends. Let’s take a deeper look at the key issues of the Gamma Fam. (Can I copyright that?)
The Immortal Hulk
I won’t rehash what I’ve said earlier, but I’ll briefly summarize. The Immortal Hulk is a great new series that puts the best in the biz, Al Ewing and Joe Bennett, together in what is truly a work of art. One of the strengths of the new series is how it weaves so many different characters from previous Hulk series into the current run. With that in mind, I wanted to look at the first appearances of some of the Gamma Fam. (I really should copyright that)
(Spoilers forth cometh)
The green-haired Fabio is back as Banner’s shrink and it’s a good thing. There are a lot of personalities brewing in there. Samson first entered the Marvel Universe in The Incredible Hulk #141 and has stuck around ever since. The book has had quite a few sales over the past few months and that could be a result of the stunningly successful series he’s currently in. A 9.8 will cost you over 2 grand but the FMV on a 9.6 is at a reasonable $750.
While this is only half of Betty Ross’ newest Hulk-like incarnation, it’s definitely the defining one. While the new Harpy might be more aptly titled Red She-Hulk Harpy, the wings and talons and terrifying eyes deserve a hard-hitting single-noun name. Harpy originally appeared in The Incredible Hulk #168 which isn’t a book many collectors and speculators are going after. Given Ewing’s rendition of Harpy, I could see the character coming up more and more in future series. You can pick up a 9.8 #168 for around $575, but there hasn’t been a sale since last August. The right price for a 9.4, 9.2, or 9.0 seems to be $140 as the most recent sale price for all three. It could be a cheap pick up on character-building popularity.
If you hadn’t heard already, The Incredible Hulk #1 is a pretty good book to have. Not only do we see the first appearances of Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Thunderbolt Ross, and the Gray Hulk, but also the perpetual sidekick: Rick Jones! But that really shouldn’t be the reason why you would ever buy this book. (Sorry Rick) A 9.0 on this baby will cost you a cool quarter-million dollars and for all of us plebeians out there, we might be looking for a 0.5 at $3,400. Yikes.
Alpha Flight has taken on a new name and new team members in The Immortal Hulk with the sole intention of stopping the green guy from wreaking too much havoc. (They’re still kind of friends, though) This one is a little tricky because there was a Gamma Flight introduced in Alpha Flight #1 referencing the tiered levels of the program structure (Alpha, Beta, Gamma). But that’s got nothing to do with the Hulk. This new Gamma Flight is more like the original Alpha Flight of X-Men #120 (9.8 FMV of $2,500) but Alpha Flight #1 might be an inexpensive ticket. You can grab a pristine 9.8 of #1 for a little over a $100. Canada needs superheroes too!
The Gamma Fam
(Seriously, it’s so catchy) Ewing’s world of Immortal Hulk is a sprawling one and could leave the future of Hulk movies, TV shows, and comics rife with possibilities as these characters gain more and more popularity. (We’re looking at you Rick!) I’ve said it thrice but I’ll say it again, give the green guy a read and enjoy!