Maestro, the despotic senior incarnation of the Hulk from Peter David's classic "Future Imperfect" storyline, is back in one of the Battleworld zones of Secret Wars, and in the pages of the new Future Imperfect series from David and Greg Land. From the looks of the fancy jewelry he's wearing on Rafa Garres' fantastic variant cover for issue #2 --- debuting exclusively on ComicsAlliance --- the other Marvel heroes haven't fared so well in Maestro's domain.

Garres is an artist known for the visceral muscularity of his artwork, which makes him a great choice to illustrate a rampaging elder Hulk --- who, judging from his garland of trophies, has so far got the best of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and... Doctor Doom? That might not be the best trophy to show off, given the Doom-dominated set-up for Secret Wars. (As for how he can swing Thor's hammer, well, that's what no-prizes are for.)

Future Imperfect #1 goes on sale June 3, followed by issue #2 on June #17. You can read the solicitations below, and check out the unlettered preview of the first issue, plus Greg Land's covers for the first two issues, below:

 

FUTURE IMPERFECT #1
PETER DAVID (w)
GREG LAND (a/C)
Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN
ANT-SIZED VARIANT COVER BY DALE KEOWN
THE INGWENIBLE HULK VARIANT COVER BY NICK BRADSHAW
ON BATTLEWORLD, THE DICTATOR OF DYSTOPIA IS A FAMILIAR FACE!
• THE MAESTRO rules but there are those who want him dethroned!
• What role does RUBY SUMMERS have in the plan for this dangerous rebellion?
• Have the rebels genuinely found ODIN, the father of The Gods, as an ally against the Maestro?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

FUTURE IMPERFECT #2
PETER DAVID (w)
GREG LAND (a/C)
VARIANT COVER BY RAFA GARRES
MONSTER SMASH!!!
• A BATTLE ROYALE between THE MAESTRO and the THING!!!
• But is it the BEN GRIMM we know and love under that rocky hide?
• What X-FACTOR member will show up as an unexpected ally of the rebels?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

Greg Land
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