REVIEW: The Last Annihilation: Wiccan & Hulkling #1
In The Last Annihilation: Wiccan & Hulkling #1 by Anthony Oliveira, Jan Bazaldua, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Ariana Maher, with a main cover by Marvel artist extraordinaire Luciano Vecchio, the primary story follows the two lovers as they face off against one of their greatest challenges ever… while a second storyline follows the origins of their relationship!
This issue, subtitled “Entangled,” fits its name in more ways than one.
First up, there’s the fact that Wiccan and Hulkling are entangled with one another romantically, just like they have been since they were only known as Billy Kaplan and Teddy Altman.
The story builds on the “entanglement” concept by following two major storylines in the present: one centered on Wiccan and one centered on Hulkling. They’re both fighting different aspects of the same conflict, but in different parts of the universe, separated from one another – but how separated from one another can the two husbands really ever be?
However, that isn’t the only entanglement in this issue.
The present is also entangled in the past, as the two heroes have been fighting big bad bullies together since high school. As the story of the current conflict plays out in distant space, we get an intertwined flashback story, set on Earth when the two men were still high school students (in other words, when the lovers first met).
Between Bazaldua’s appealing art and Oliveira’s deft storytelling, there is a lot to love in this issue! Plus, Rosenberg’s reliable coloring helps differentiate between the various narrative layers, and Maher’s lettering is always well done – and especially fun to look at when Dormammu is talking.
Finally, although I have not been following this storyline very closely, because it started during a period when I was unable to read comics, I was able to pick up this issue and enjoy it with no problems.
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Have you had a chance to swing by your local comic shop and pick up The Last Annihilation: Wiccan and Hulkling #1? Did you pick up the Vecchio cover, or the variant by David Lopez?
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