Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – 6/24/12 – “Nightmare in Red”

This week, there was a new episode of Avengers, but not of Ultimate Spider-man.  This week’s episode of Avengers is titled “Nightmare in Red.”  A new Red Hulk emerges, and brings destruction with him.  There was also a Marvel Master Class with J. Scott Campbell.

The Avengers:  Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – “Nightmare in Red.”  General Ross and Doc Samson arrive on the Helicarrier to meet with director Maria Hill.  Winter Soldier infiltrated a S.H.I.E.L.D. vault, and stole the blood of the Hulk.  Ross demands that Hill hand over a sample of the Hulk’s blood to the Hulkbusters so that they can find a way to take down the Hulk.  Hill tells Ross that the Hulk is an Avenger, and that Ross wants it just so he can create an army of Hulks.  Samson says that it wouldn’t work, because both he and the Hulk are accidents.  Hill says she’ll think about it.  Bruce Banner, on his one day as Bruce, is on a boat fishing, much to the annoyance of Hawkeye.  Winter Soldier injects someone with the sample of the Hulk’s blood, and they transform.  Hill is notified of an intruder, and see the devastation.  She goes to find what it is, and finds the Red Hulk.  Captain America and Wasp respond to Hill’s call for help from the attack by the Hulk.  They try to convince her that it can’t be the Hulk, but she doesn’t believe them.  Captain America tells Wasp that they shouldn’t inform Tony Stark about this yet.  They tell Hawkeye to return Bruce to the mansion.  They arrive at the Hellicarrier, and see this Red Hulk attacking. 

Hill says she doesn’t care what color it is, because it started out as grey.  Hawkeye gets Bruce back to the mansion, and they argue about joining the fight.  The Falcon attacks them, and hits Bruce with a dart that keeps him turning into the Hulk.  Hawkeye fights off Falcon, and Falcon escapes.  On the Helicarrier, Red Hulk is told that the Falcon has failed.  He says he doesn’t care, but is electrocuted through his earpiece.  He’s told he has another mission, and leaves.  Hill says to tell Ross that the Hulkbusters have permission to kill the Hulk.  Red Hulk breaks into the mansion.  Captain America and Wasp return to find Hawkeye knocked out.  They fill each other in.  Wasp says they can track Bruce using his Avengers card.  Red Hulk is trying to get Hulk out of Bruce, but is told to stop that.  He’s again disciplined, but is able to shrug it off this time.  Captain America, Hawkeye, and Wasp arrive.  Red Hulk threatens to hurt Hawkeye, and this brings out the Hulk.  They fight one-on-one for a while, but then the other Avengers join in.  Fearing defeat, Red Hulk leaves.  The Hulkbusters show up, and order Hulk to surrender for the attack on the Helicarrier.  Captain America convinces him to not fight right now, because it’ll make him look guilty.  Hulk becomes Banner again, but Banner is scared of being handed over to Ross.  It is revealed that Samson was working with Red Hulk, Winter Soldier, and Falcon, who are all taking orders from someone in the government.  Captain America reports to the Skrull queen that the Hulk has been dealt with.

J. Scott Campbell did a master class on drawing Venom vs. Spider-man.

Thoughts
First off, this seemed like a really odd way to introduce Winter Soldier.  If you know who Winter Soldier really is, then you’ll know why this is a bit weird.  If you don’t know who Winter Soldier is, then I really don’t want to reveal it.  Just trust me that it’s pretty odd.  Secondly, has the Falcon ever been a villain?  I’m not all that familiar with the history of the character, but it seems odd.  Especially in light of the recent announcement that he was going to be a central, wide-eyed character in the new Avengers Assemble cartoon.  Thirdly, why have Doc Samson turn?  Really, what’s the point.  Of course, what if this secretive group of Winter Soldier, Red Hulk, Falcon, and Doc Samson are actually the good guys?  Maybe they too know about the impending Skrull invasion, and believe that S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers have been infiltrated.  But I’m not so certain of this.  It’s more likely setting up a story to follow up the Skrull invasion stuff.  Maybe a Thunderbolts thing, or something.

I like the J. Scott Campbell Master Classes more than the Joe Quesada ones.  Campbell just does a better job of explaining why he is doing what he is doing.  Quesada just kinda gives a play-by-play of what we can clearly see him drawing, and it’s not very informative.

Next week, new episodes of both shows.
Ultimate Spider-man – “Me Time”
The Avengers:  Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – ” Prisoner of War”

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