When Mark Waid and LeinilYu launched Indestructible Hulk as part of the Marvel Now initiative, they took the relationship between Bruce Banner and his giant green alter-ego into a new direction. Instead of struggling against the rage-fueled monster inside him, Banner chose to use the Hulk as a directed weapon, trading off his destructive services for the chance to focus on making the world a better place as a scientist. Now, just as we're getting used to the new status quo and Banner's position as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s greatest asset, things are set to shake up again, with the book relaunching as Hulk, with Mark Bagley providing art and a whole new set of challenges.
For more information, I spoke to Waid about the shift in the focus, the relationship between Banner and the Hulk and how it's changed over the past fifty years, and his process for writing a first issue -- a must-read look at crafting an introduction from one of the masters of the form.
First issues are a challenge that the superhero comics industry still struggles to get right, which is weird when you consider just how many of these things they put out. It's as if a collective decision was made to misinterpret the old adage, "every issue is somebody's first," to mean that first issues should read like they're any other issues.
Among the many Marvel Comics characters who are part of the publisher's Marvel NOW relaunch initiative is of course the Hulk, who's now quite the star thanks to some scene-stealing moments in Joss Whedon's Avengers film. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962, Bruce Banner and his destructive alter ego have gone
We all know that you wouldn't like Bruce Banner when he's angry, but what about when he's partnered with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, surrounded by a bunch of brilliant scientists and trying to deal with the creation of the Gamma Bomb and subsequent gamma-irradiated monsters? Mark Waid and Lenil Yu are hoping that you'll like that Banner quite a bit in their new series, The Indestructible Hulk.Talking about the newly-announced Marvel NOW! serie
The latest Marvel Now! teaser promoting an "Indestructible" release kind of makes you do a double take. If it weren't for the distinctly green text and prominent Marvel Now! logo, fans might suspect Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu (Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk) were working on a new comic to follow Waid's other recent "I" titles
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