Comics Eye: The Rebirth of The Hulk
Hi there and welcome to another Comics Eye!
The Hulk is one of Marvel Comics legendary characters. First appearing in 1966 in his own self titled comic The Incredible Hulk. The Hulk was the brain child of two legends in the field of comics, Stan "The Man" Lee and Jack "The King" Kirby.
Scientist Robert "Bruce" Banner is caught in the heart of a Gamma Ray Bomb explosion at a test bunker in the deserts of New Mexico, after he saves the life of a young man named Rick Jones. Jones was traveling in his car in the desert, and just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time...as fate would have it.
Banner is exposed to dangerous effects of the gamma rays, and a fortnight later, Banner experiences a devastating change under a new full moon and he transforms into a monstrous creature that men would call the "The Hulk."
More than 40 years later, the Hulk has gone through many incarnations, including the latest a "Red Hulk" but this isn't Dr. Banner, it's General Thunderbolt Ross, definitely a surprise to me. But now, there is another Hulk "re-launch" and this time around we have Jason Aaron doing the writing duties and we get to see the fantastic pencils of Marc Silvestri.
In the first two issues of the new Incredible Hulk series, we find out that the Hulk and Bruce Banner are actually separated from one another...physically!
No kids I haven't a clue how it's happened yet, but this is only the first two issues so I'm pretty confident that all will become clear as this storyline unfolds. The official word about the re-do of this series goes something like this...
"Greg Pak spent the last few years writing Hulk. With his run over, we're entering a new era. Of course being re-numbered with a #1 will make it easier for new readers to take a chance and pick the issue up if they've never read Hulk before."
Okay, so basically what Marvel is saying is that they want to try to get more cash by restarting the series...I won't tell you what I think about this, but what I will tell you is that so far, between Silvestri's stupendous pencils and a story that's drawn me in thus far I have to recommend this "Hulk."
And honestly the real reason for this recommendation is actually more about the story than the art, because I never thought that I'd read a Hulk storyline, where Bruce Banner is actually driven to want to not only find the Hulk...but he wants to have them both become one and the same again.
The only problem with his plan is the Hulk who wants no part of Banner, nor anyone else for that matter. As always, he just wants to be left alone...by everyone...and this time around he may just kill anyone who doesn't leave him alone.
I'm waiting to read the third issue as I think the Hulk's been hired to kill his alter ego Bruce Banner...and the plot thickens!