A nice breather issue, but with one hell of an ending.
-This issue mostly centers around Dr. Strange trying to get back into the Hulk's mind. Oh, and Hulk's smashing the military, like old times. Strange manages to get through to Banner's mind, but the Hulk breaks the good doctor's hands (well, as much as you can break arthritic hands, anyway). -Rick Jones tries to find Doctor Strange at the disguised Sanctum Sanctorum, but is cut off by the Warbound. They see through the illusion (although a banner that says "Another Neighborhood Starbucks Coffee Shop" would have been a dead giveaway to anyone from Earth). Iron Fist, Ronin, and Echo valiantly try and fight off the Warbound (Iron Fist and Hiroim the Oldstrong, in particular, seem to have an honorable encounter), but ultimately fall. -The military strike (obviously) fails and ends when Hulk pulls Thunderbolt Ross from his helicopter to the ground below. -The President tries to reach out to the Sentry, who's still in la-la land. Yeah, he's definitely not coming out to play until the very end. -Desperate and out of options, Doctor Strange opens...a mysterious box, containing the essence of the demon Zom. -The Hulk has turned Madison Square Garden into a gladiator arena, ala Sakaar. Just as Miek tries to educate Rick Jones about the Hulk's Worldbreaker moniker, Doctor Strange plows past the Warbound. Now engulfed with the essence of Zom, the issue ends with the now-demonic Strange going face-to-face with the Hulk.
Ok, they CAN'T just make Strange into more fodder for the Hulk next issue after that ending. At the very least, though, the fight should be entertaining. The preview for next issue telegraphs the Hulk pitting the Illuminati against each other in gladiator battles, which is venturing into cliches, but it should still be a good read nonetheless.
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The Wisdom of Homsar: AaAaAaAaAaAaA! Caramel corn for president, please!
I've actually enjoyed the last two issues of ASM. The art is about a million times better, and the story seems to be doing what the previous writers were trying (and failing) to do, which was harken back to some classic, basic Spidey stories.