The Incredible Hulk, ejected from Earth in a spaceship, crash-lands on a planet ruled by a tyrant, who forces him to fight in a coliseum against other powerful creatures. The Hulk reluctantly befriends the combatants on his team.
Rick D. Wasserman,
Lisa Ann Beley,
Black Panther is the ruler and protector of the African nation of Wakanda. Using technology, wits, and extraordinary fighting ability he must protect his nation from an invasion led by Ulysses Klaw, the man who killed his father.
I loved the comic mini series by Rodi and Ribic that came out some years ago and I love the visual take Marvel Knights have created based on it. This is not superhero "Hulk smash" material, but a powerful character study of a villain. As in the comic, the visual rendition is lush, even stunning and the language is beautifully medieval.
At approx. 60 min. runtime, a bit more than 50 if you don't count repeating intros and outros, the animation style is reminiscent of a web comic, yet superior as character sketches are subtly animated and mixed with CGI to create the feeling of medieval cut-outs.
Beware, this is not your every day cartoon. Just as "Watchmen" was the first graphic novel, this may very well be the first cartoon theatre play, the topic being as meta as the two-dimensionality of comic characters. The creators of this animation are to be commended, as they have tried to make a cartoon for adults only (no, not THAT kind) and succeeded. It is truly a thing of beauty, a joy for ever.
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