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Interview: Mark Waid on INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK, DAREDEVIL and Hulk Mustaches

Find out what the writer has planned for the characters once Marvel NOW! begins.

Mark Waid is one of those solid writers that just continuously cranks out great comics and stories. Lately he's been carving out his spot as one of the top Daredevil writers. With Marvel NOW! nearly upon us, Waid will continue with DAREDEVIL but will also be putting his mark on Hulk by writing the relaunched INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK with Leinil Yu.

With this being Waid's first time fully writing Hulk and because he's re-teaming up with his SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT collaborator, we had to take the opportunity to ask him some questions and find out what we can expect.

Comic Vine: Hulk is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Will this be in any way similar to Peter David's "Professor" Hulk run where he was the leader of the Pantheon? (I loved smart Hulk running that team).

Mark Waid: Not so much. This is more like “release the Kraken!”

CV: Will we see Hulk join/get asked to join S.H.I.E.L.D. in the first issue or will it be something that's happened and the events will slowly be revealed?

MW: It’s a big part of issue one. He doesn’t actually get asked to join. It’s Banner’s idea. But as to why S.H.I.E.L.D. would agree, that’s a mystery that we’ll be feeding clues out on slowly....

CV: Who came up with the adjective, "INDESTRUCTIBLE" for the series?

MW: I think editor Mark Paniccia did, and to be honest, I was at first a little resistant--until I realized that it fit the new Banner/Hulk status perfectly--it’s the spot-on adjective for how Banner regards the Hulk now, as you’ll see in issue one.

CV: Are we going to see any of the other numerous 'Hulks'?

MW: Absolutely--not immediately, but soon!

CV: What will be the tone of the book? The title suggests big action and destruction, will it be less of a lighter feel than DAREDEVIL?

MW: A bit less light than DD, yes, because there’s not quite as much room for witty banter in HULK. But it’s an adventure tone and a tone of hope, as in Daredevil. A thoroughly non-cynical tone.

CV: You were talking about pitting Hulk against non-common villains on Twitter. Is this something you plan on doing to give the series a different twist? Hulk vs. Hydro-Man? Hulk vs. Taskmaster? Hulk vs. new Hellfire Club? (I loved the Sandman suggestion).

MW: It’s less about giving it a different twist, more about just wanting to surprise readers (and myself) (and my artists). The bench of super-villains at Marvel is very deep.

CV: Will DAREDEVIL be affected by Marvel NOW?

MW: Only in that issue 21 will, like the Point-One issue we did, be structured as a very good jumping-on point for lapsed and new readers--but not in any way that undercuts the ongoing subplots.

CV: You've had so many incredible artists on DAREDEVIL (Paolo Rivera, Marco Checchetto, Chris Samnee, Mike Allred). How did you get so lucky?

MW: Two words: Steve Wacker.

CV: Where does Thunderbolt Ross' mustache go when he turns into Red Hulk? Will your Hulk ever have a mustache?

MW: Thunderbolt’s mustache goes into the Negative Zone, where it enjoys its own separate adventures that will hopefully someday be told. Our Hulk needs no mustache. Muttonchops, perhaps.

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Posted by theTimeStreamer

the indestructible moustache. you know you'd read it. dont lie to yourself.

Posted by zachkastner

Red Hulk should get a moustache. I think it's kind of awesome (AND ODD that he doesn't already have one).

Maybe the hair just gets dispersed across his face so a Ross moustache is like Rulk peach fuzz? Then a Rulk beard would be like a Ross... yeti? Hah, so much hair.

Posted by htb106

Sounds good!

That moustache definitely needs a backup!

Posted by Mr.Hulk_Smashin'!

@theTimeStreamer said:

the indestructible moustache. you know you'd read it. dont lie to yourself.

It'd be better writing than what Jason Aaron's got going on with Hulk right now.

I think The Incredulous Moustache sounds better, though. More... refined.

Waid's a funny guy.

Posted by theTimeStreamer

@Mr.Hulk_Smashin'!: yeah i kept getting the issues hoping for a mind blowing ending. alas all i got was a 'really? this is what all of this has been about? how does this even work?!?! this is stupid' moment.

Posted by jesusdisciple001

haha mutton chops a little funny

Posted by DrakenRyu

Am I the only one thinking that those look like hulked out Mario and Luigi? XD

Posted by BritishMonkey

It's called "indestructible" Hulk? I like it.

Posted by guttridgeb

I cannot wait for this to start. It sounds awesome.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@Mr.Hulk_Smashin'! said:

@theTimeStreamer said:

the indestructible moustache. you know you'd read it. dont lie to yourself.

It'd be better writing than what Jason Aaron's got going on with Hulk right now.

I think The Incredulous Moustache sounds better, though. More... refined.

Waid's a funny guy.

this

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Posted by riiiiiiiight

@DrakenRyu said:

Am I the only one thinking that those look like hulked out Mario and Luigi? XD

Haha I thought the same exact thing.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

"A bit less light than DD"  
 
*SIGH* 
 
Cant Waid leave DD and go and write the Sentry or something? 

Posted by Grimoire

I am really liking where they seem to be going with The Hulk. "Release the Kraken".....interesting. lol

Posted by Lvenger

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

"A bit less light than DD" *SIGH* Cant Waid leave DD and go and write the Sentry or something?

Why? Daredevil's awesome. Or so I hear. I'd rather he wrote my 7th favourite character than Sentry.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Lvenger said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

"A bit less light than DD" *SIGH* Cant Waid leave DD and go and write the Sentry or something?

Why? Daredevil's awesome. Or so I hear. I'd rather he wrote my 7th favourite character than Sentry.

Waid's DD is a steaming pile of crap 
Posted by TylerTheDestroyer

@theTimeStreamer: Id read the crap out of that.

Posted by Lvenger

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Lvenger said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

"A bit less light than DD" *SIGH* Cant Waid leave DD and go and write the Sentry or something?

Why? Daredevil's awesome. Or so I hear. I'd rather he wrote my 7th favourite character than Sentry.

Waid's DD is a steaming pile of crap

The Eisner award winning series is a steaming pile of crap? A lot of people would disagree with you there I'm afraid.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Lvenger said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

"A bit less light than DD" *SIGH* Cant Waid leave DD and go and write the Sentry or something?

Why? Daredevil's awesome. Or so I hear. I'd rather he wrote my 7th favourite character than Sentry.

Waid's DD is a steaming pile of crap

why?

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Lvenger said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Lvenger said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

"A bit less light than DD" *SIGH* Cant Waid leave DD and go and write the Sentry or something?

Why? Daredevil's awesome. Or so I hear. I'd rather he wrote my 7th favourite character than Sentry.

Waid's DD is a steaming pile of crap

The Eisner award winning series is a steaming pile of crap? A lot of people would disagree with you there I'm afraid.

So did Fractions Iron Man and it's crap aswell 
Posted by Lvenger

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Lvenger said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Lvenger said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

"A bit less light than DD" *SIGH* Cant Waid leave DD and go and write the Sentry or something?

Why? Daredevil's awesome. Or so I hear. I'd rather he wrote my 7th favourite character than Sentry.

Waid's DD is a steaming pile of crap

The Eisner award winning series is a steaming pile of crap? A lot of people would disagree with you there I'm afraid.

So did Fractions Iron Man and it's crap aswell

I didn't much like Fraction's Iron Man but Waid is a far superior writer to Fraction. One of my favourites in fact. What he's done on Daredevil has been brilliant I have to say. What is it you don't like about Waid's DD run?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Posted by sentryman555

Thank god someone else is taking over Hulk! Maybe I'll finally be able to pick up a new issue without wanting to set it on fire after reading it.

Posted by badaboop

One of the few upcoming books I'm excited for. I've always been a fan of Leinil Yu's work and Mark Waid's a good writer, hopefully he'll stay on the series for a little bit.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@badaboop said:

One of the few upcoming books I'm excited for. I've always been a fan of Leinil Yu's work and Mark Waid's a good writer, hopefully he'll stay on the series for a little bit.

agreed

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Posted by Howlverine

@TheAcidSkull said:

@badaboop said:

One of the few upcoming books I'm excited for. I've always been a fan of Leinil Yu's work and Mark Waid's a good writer, hopefully he'll stay on the series for a little bit.

agreed

seconded. Also, is the Hulk wearing indestructible pants now? Long overdue, I say.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@Howlverine said:

@TheAcidSkull said:

@badaboop said:

One of the few upcoming books I'm excited for. I've always been a fan of Leinil Yu's work and Mark Waid's a good writer, hopefully he'll stay on the series for a little bit.

agreed

seconded. Also, is the Hulk wearing indestructible pants now? Long overdue, I say.

yeah i guess, but still it sounds exciting

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Posted by Howlverine

@TheAcidSkull: Oh yeah, totally. Should be absolutely kick-ass.

Posted by thatlad

Kind of disappointed there wasn't one question about Waid's thrillbent endeavour. I've been really enjoying his Insufferable series

Posted by Loki9876

The mystery of the moustache is revealed.

Posted by Gambit1024

I love this man. Waid could do no wrong in my eyes. Not after Kingdom Come, Birthright, and Tower of Babel.

Posted by SimonM7

The moustache thing STILL bothers me to this day. Reading Hulk and looking for clues as to who Red Hulk was was so fun, and then it's this insane, stupid leap in logic that allows completely screwing over anything that would feel earned. It still bothers me to the point where I've a hard time liking Red Hulk, and at the start of McGuinness/Loeb's run I really did.

Posted by Watcherg6

HULK SMASH MUSTACHES!

Edited by Teerack

If Banner and Hulk are bros again and Hulk is building up rep as a hero and not a monster in this book then I'm super siked.

Posted by TDK_1997

I think that Hulk would again be a good back with Waid writing it.

Posted by SlickyMike88

That robot looks like co host 3000;) to any that listens to spill , you what i'm talking about:)

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Wow, I'm actually intrigued as to why Waid is making it that it was Banner's idea to join SHIELD instead of the other way around. Makes me curious like you guys as to why the organization would agree to have him in the ranks. Since this is the only Marvel NOW title I'm getting, I'm paying close attention to this.

Posted by Mr_Winchester

"Release the kraken" eh? Sounds good!

Posted by sdeloria

I've always felt that Ross' mustache should remain on his face in his Rulk form and his hair should stay grey. I think it would be a distinguishing look for the character.

Posted by Mowgli22

he's doing awesome with Daredevil

Posted by jwalser3

Can't wait for a mustache series!

Posted by sparty-dbq

I would love, love, love, love, LOVE to see Hulk trounce those little smart-ass Hellfire tweens.

Posted by Luster77

I can't wait for this run to drop...I dig Waids writing, haven't read DD though. But to see Indestructible Hulk get down, be a hero and monster at the same time will be awesome to see. They really need to start playing up Banners intellect in these stories too, I mean, come on man, he's one of the smartest guys in Marvel Comics, show that brain some more love and show why he should be feared just as much as Hulk.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@Luster77 said:

I can't wait for this run to drop...I dig Waids writing, haven't read DD though. But to see Indestructible Hulk get down, be a hero and monster at the same time will be awesome to see. They really need to start playing up Banners intellect in these stories too, I mean, come on man, he's one of the smartest guys in Marvel Comics, show that brain some more love and show why he should be feared just as much as Hulk.

Pak did a great job with banners intellect , i have faith in waid, i love dd series,

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Posted by daredevil21134

Witty banter.SIGH

Posted by HollowPrince665

@Jonny_Anonymous: I think Waid is doing a great job with DD right now. Its starting to get back to the dark tormented Matt from Vol 2. I'm really happy with his run. The story is great. It makes sense for it to be a bit lighter. Matt said it himself that he was trying to be happier and move past what had happened. The art reflects it perfectly. Now that things are starting to crumble around him, the color scheme is different, he is acting different. I think that the more DD issues come out and the mystery gets flushed out, the more you'd probably like it. I admit its not like Bendis or Miller, but Waid has been doing a fantastic job at DD.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@HollowPrince665 said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: I think Waid is doing a great job with DD right now. Its starting to get back to the dark tormented Matt from Vol 2. I'm really happy with his run. The story is great. It makes sense for it to be a bit lighter. Matt said it himself that he was trying to be happier and move past what had happened. The art reflects it perfectly. Now that things are starting to crumble around him, the color scheme is different, he is acting different. I think that the more DD issues come out and the mystery gets flushed out, the more you'd probably like it. I admit its not like Bendis or Miller, but Waid has been doing a fantastic job at DD.

If it's taken 20 issues to get good then I'm still gonna pass till he's off the book 
Posted by daredevil21134

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@HollowPrince665 said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: I think Waid is doing a great job with DD right now. Its starting to get back to the dark tormented Matt from Vol 2. I'm really happy with his run. The story is great. It makes sense for it to be a bit lighter. Matt said it himself that he was trying to be happier and move past what had happened. The art reflects it perfectly. Now that things are starting to crumble around him, the color scheme is different, he is acting different. I think that the more DD issues come out and the mystery gets flushed out, the more you'd probably like it. I admit its not like Bendis or Miller, but Waid has been doing a fantastic job at DD.

If it's taken 20 issues to get good then I'm still gonna pass till he's off the book

Its still not all that good.He's still making jokes

Posted by StrongestOneThereIs

I'm loving the new direction of the Hulk. Of course it is inspired by the Avengers movie, but it is how the Hulk and Banner should be portrayed.