I will admit, while I followed some parts of the Ultimate Universe, there was a lot I missed, so I was surprised to find out that this particular six-part miniseries takes place after the Hulk was put on trial for a rampage that killed over 800 innocents. S.H.I.E.L.D. executed the Hulk/ Bruce Banner via a nuclear bomb, and everyone believed him to be dead. Apparently reports have surfaced that puts that death in doubt and Nick Fury (voiced by a fair facsimile of Samuel L. Jackson) has asked Wolverine to track and take down the brute.
The first episode is from Wolverine’s perspective and kicks the mini-series off with him waking up on a snowy mountain with his legs ripped off and some four miles away from the rest of his body. From there, Wolverine tells the viewers about being hired by S.H.I.E.L.D. and tracking the Hulk to a secluded monastery. Before we see the fight though, the perspective switches to Bruce Banner and we learn how the Hulk escaped and made his way to said monastery.
While Hulk and Wolverine do pound on each other for a bit, they find their face-off interrupted by a third party and then S.H.I.E.L.D. also decides to intervene in a more direct manner. Before the story is done, Wolverine, Hulk and the other character end up butting heads a couple of times before the story reaches its somewhat anti-climactic conclusion.
Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk was a unique collaborative effort between Damon Lindelof (Lost,Star Trek: Into Darkness) as the writer and Leinil Francis Yu as the artist. Lindelof, while known for his storytelling, hasn’t really done much else in the way of comic book writing, so it was interesting to see one of his efforts in this medium. That, coupled with the animation style of the Marvel Knights motion comics, made this an intriguing series to watch.
The DVD’s special feature includes a short interview with Yu and one of the Marvel executives as they talk about what went into the making of the comic book and how everything went together. In the end, I enjoyed the story, but was hoping for a bit more action. The idea of Wolverine and the Hulk facing off promises a lot of devastation, but the actual fighting sequences seemed to take a backstage to some of the other story points. Don’t get me wrong, the character interactions and build up was a lot of fun to watch, I was just hoping for some more Hulk smashing.