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Mark Waid and Mark Bagley Smash into HULK #1

Who shot Bruce Banner? Things are about to change.

There's a new Hulk series. While we could complain about the fact that INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK is ending so we can have an adjective-less HULK title (once again), I say let's focus on how crazy and exciting this new arc/direction sounds. As with the other All-New Marvel Now comics, we have a new beginning/jumping on point. Mark Waid is still writing Hulk (very cool) and joining him is Mark Bagley (this should be interesting).

It all begins with the question, "Who shot Bruce Banner?"

Who shot Bruce Banner? That’s the question on everyone’s mind this April when critically acclaimed creators Mark Waid and Mark Bagley smash into the epic, all-new HULK #1 – as part of the All-New Marvel NOW! initiative!

“As our series opens, Banner's at death's door”, says Waid. “…having learned something about himself that cuts him to the quick and calls into question everything he's been doing for what he believes is the public good. And things don't improve for him from there.”

“You'll see Bruce Banner in a whole new light,” Waid continued.

The victim of a near fatal gunshot wound – Bruce Banner lay inches from death. Did his unknown attacker want the Hulk dead? Or Banner? As Banner clings to life, he’ll realize he’s not quite as indestructible as he once thought. If he survives this, his darkest hour one thing is certain – he won’t ever be the same!

“With a list of enemies as long as the Hulk’s, almost anyone could be behind Banner’s assassination attempt,” says Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. “But the real mysteries are yet to be revealed. Mark Waid has mind-blowing revelations in store for the readers that will have them talking for years.”

“The answers will have Banner going down roads you’d never expect and wait till you see what’s in store for Hulk, continued Paniccia. “And just how does the Stark family play into all of this? Ha! Fans are going to dig!”

How will the Green Goliath solve the mystery of their enigmatic attacker. And the answers will shock Banner to his very core! Don’t miss a single moment of this bombastic new series when HULK #1 smashes its way into comic shops this April!

HULK #1

Written by MARK WAID

Art by MARK BAGLEY

Cover by JEROME OPENA

Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY

ON SALE THIS APRIL!

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Edited by longbowhunter

I like the mystery aspect.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

Sounds interesting.

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Posted by bladewolf

I really hope constant relaunches won't become the norm. Then again, I'm not a Hulk fan, so this doesn't affect me (I just worry it may happen to some of my beloved Marvel series).

Posted by flazam

cool stuff

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

I have been enjoying Indestructible Hulk but I am happy it's going back to the norm with adjectiveless HULK. Feels more fitting. GO HULK!!!

Posted by Lvenger

Interesting that this interview plays up the mystery aspect of what Waid plans to do in this new Hulk series whilst the CBR interview hinted at a greater role for Hulk and more action. Still, all these factors sound like a superb mix in this new Hulk series. I can't wait to see how Waid'll change Hulk's status quo even more!

Edited by TheAmazingImmortalMan

I love the mystery angle they are taking, I'm loving indestructible Hulk to bad it is ending but eff it we will have Hulk!

Posted by The Stegman

These relaunches are getting a bit ridiculous.

Posted by AndyPhifer

I think looking at these as relaunches is wrong. I'm thinking about them as seasons of a TV show. Like, here's 12 months to tell this story that's with this character from this creator. And then they all turn over with new #1s to tell the next story. I like it. Makes it easy.

Posted by PunyParker

I see a lot of books to get a relaunch in April.......
Amazing SM will be probably called plain "Spider-Man" etc...

Edited by G-Man

I agree about the relaunches. We need to stop worrying about them. I'm not a fan of them but we need to focus on the stories. If making it a new #1 makes it easier for someone to decide to try the book, great. As long as they don't neglect or ignore what happened before. Ideally they'd retain the original numbering somewhere for long time readers. I just think there's other things to worry about. This appears to be Marvel's way for the time being. As long as the stories kick-ass, I can accept it.

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Posted by EdBlank

So any issue number above 10 is bad in the comic industry these days? When in reality Hulk is in the hundreds (? too lazy to Google). How can Banner be shot and at death's door if Banner can shoot himself in the mouth and Hulk-out fast enough to live without a SCRATCH.

Posted by InFamous_Wolf

I see a lot of books to get a relaunch in April.......

Amazing SM will be probably called plain "Spider-Man" etc...

or maybe All-New Spider-Man...

Posted by Nefilim927

Not sure about this just yet. I really started enjoying Hulk stories around the time Rulk came around, I believe there were 2 ongoings at the time (Incredible Hulk and Hulk) which were both enjoyable. I feel like after all the "Fall of the Hulk" stuff and related, Hulk's place in the greater Marvel U was kind of up in the air as well as whether he was intelligent or not. I really enjoyed The Incredible Hulk that Jason Aaron wrote where Bruce was kind of evil in the beginning and was leading Hulk along some mystery plan. I'm excited about the talent attached to this new book but really hope the address some of the Hulk issues.

Posted by PunyParker

@punyparker said:

I see a lot of books to get a relaunch in April.......

Amazing SM will be probably called plain "Spider-Man" etc...

or maybe All-New Spider-Man...

Uncanny Spider-Man!! :P

Now that i think of it,"Amazing" is taken,right?.....X-Men.

Posted by MatteoPG

@edblank said:

So any issue number above 10 is bad in the comic industry these days? When in reality Hulk is in the hundreds (? too lazy to Google). How can Banner be shot and at death's door if Banner can shoot himself in the mouth and Hulk-out fast enough to live without a SCRATCH.

Not defending, but I would think that Hulk knew that Banner was about to shoot. He also is his sense of self preservation. One of Banner's greates menaces has always been of not being able to see an attack until the very moment he is hit.

Posted by Maddpanda531

Mark Waid and Mark Bagely on Hulk? Count me in!

Posted by Master_Thief

So industructible hulk is now called hulk........... hmmmmmmmm

So im wondering does this forshadow other titles like superior spiderman

And im just being a bit queer but maybe the return of peter parker as seen in #19

Posted by Smurfboy

Marvel loves relaunches series, don't they?

Edited by American_Flag

OMG! NEW CREATIVE TEAM! GOTTA RELAUNCH! ...sigh....

Posted by iaconpoint

Maybe Marvel should start calling each volume by the story title if they are going to relaunch every year. That said, I for one am renewing my objection to the company as a whole due to this practice. And normally I'd jump all over a book with Waid and Bagley.

Posted by MaccyD

@edblank: I assume it's one of the mysteries behind the shooting. Who the heck could pull it off and how.

Posted by mattwing87

I love the Hulk but I don't like the shaved head/buzz cut Hulk. I miss the regular hair he used to have!

Posted by Doomnaut

CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS!

Posted by sasquatch888

These relaunches are getting a bit ridiculous.

it looks like almost a yearly relaunch ...its horrible

Posted by mksystem74

I didnt like much of indestructible Hulk so hopefully this new direction is a bit better.

Posted by Arkhamc1tizen

Sounds great.

Posted by manwithoutshame

Can't stand these relaunches. In a few years you're gonna need a college degree to understand what order their series are to be read in.

Posted by GreenScar1990

Meh.

I'm taking everything said here with a very large grain of salt.

Besides, shouldn't they realize that shooting Banner would only cause him to transform into the Hulk? It's a survival technique! Self preservation, for crying out loud! Banner/Hulk have dealt with a lot worse than this.

And why is it that everything has to be connected with Stark? Am I the only one sick and tired of Marvel shoving their MCU inspired themes down our throats? It's getting F'ing ridiculous!

And it's quite obvious as to who is the most likely assassin. It either SHIELD or someone connected to them. No real big mystery there. And I'm willing to bet that I'm right.

Let's face facts here.

Waid's run has been lackluster and utterly pointless from the get-go.

Banner/Hulk have lacked direction ever since Greg Pak left the series.

Edited by Oscars94

Dammit Bruce, the one time you didn't wear your armour!

Posted by TheAcidSkull

Not sure about this just yet. I really started enjoying Hulk stories around the time Rulk came around, I believe there were 2 ongoings at the time (Incredible Hulk and Hulk) which were both enjoyable. I feel like after all the "Fall of the Hulk" stuff and related, Hulk's place in the greater Marvel U was kind of up in the air as well as whether he was intelligent or not. I really enjoyed The Incredible Hulk that Jason Aaron wrote where Bruce was kind of evil in the beginning and was leading Hulk along some mystery plan. I'm excited about the talent attached to this new book but really hope the address some of the Hulk issues.

I'm sorry but....Incredible Hulk by Aaron was sh*t. I HATED it :/

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Posted by micah

Just curious but can anyone tell me why in Marvel Now Hulk wear armor/armor suit?

Edited by manwithoutshame

@theacidskull: I liked it better than Waid's Hulk. If Silvestri had stayed on for the entire first arc it would have been a classic.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

These relaunches keep me from getting a lot of Marvel books -_-

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Posted by waezi2

STOP MAKING FIRST ISSUES ALREADY!!! Gee...

Does sound interesting, though...

Edited by dbatdog

its sad that they are ending the indestructible hulk series. :(

Its looking like Marvel want to cash out again with their first issue series :)

Posted by dum529001

Intrested.

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Posted by The Stegman - January 07, 2014 at 8:13 AM

These relaunches are getting a bit ridiculous.

For once I agree this is BS. I was really into Indestructible Hulk.

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Posted by Jake Fury

These relaunches keep me from getting a lot of Marvel books -_-

This.

Edited by Jasoninthewoods

@bizzy4chem: DC reboots every 20 years ,Marvel every 2 seconds.

Posted by KomicKev

Since it seems like a yearly relaunch is trending at Marvel. Perhaps they could leave the titles alone and just add Vol. 1, Vol. 2, etc. every time it relaunces

Indestructible Hulk, Vol. 1, #1, 2, 3 . . .

Indestructible Hulk, Vol. 2, #1, 2, 3 . . .

They can still advertise the heck out of new writers and artists or a new direction or whatever, but what would really be nice is if they could actually have the same writer and artist on the book for the entirety of the specific volume's run. If they advertised properly, they could assure potential new readers that they don't need to read previous volumes to enjoy the current run. Every couple of years, they could put out some sort of "Marvel Universe" thing that would cover origins, powers, changes and so forth of those headlining comics titles. This could also make it easier for readers to drop a title at the end of a volume, but I'm sure Marvel doesn't want that!

BTW, they kind of did this thing over in Ultmate Marvel with the Ultimates and Ultimate Avengers having limited runs, a short pause, then a new creative team would take over with new numbering.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull: I liked it better than Waid's Hulk. If Silvestri had stayed on for the entire first arc it would have been a classic.

The writing was pure sh*t. Good art wouldn't have changed that.

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Posted by sentryman555

I really hope this is going to actually be a good jumping on point. It sounds like your gonna have to know what's been going on in indestructible hulk to know what's going on in this.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

While it's a bit annoying that they are relaunching, it still pretty good that they are changing the status. Mark Waid seems to be turning things around, Hulk is coming back, possibly a new incarnation. It's fun thinking about the personality and power set of this new version of the Jade Giant. Plus Waid mentioned Abomination and Leader...that's got me even more excited! I just hope that IF and ONLY IF the Leader does come back, it's revealed that he had a false safe clone or new body all along, because I'm tired of the worrying about how they will destroy the already damaged Red Leader. This way, Sterns will become his own character in Thunderbolts, while long time Leader fans will have the Original version back.

Moreover, The premise sounds interesting. Banner getting shot shouldn't really do much because he'll still hulk out, But I'm guessing that this is an adamantium or special bullet. The Mystery aspect sounds intriguing, looks like it'll be a mix of genres, which is always welcome.

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Posted by TheAcidSkull

These relaunches are getting a bit ridiculous.

It's understandable tho.

Plus it's just numbering, the premise looks awesome.

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Posted by 2cool4fun

Okay guys, i have no idea what is going on with hulk, have not read him in well, years, and when I did I read only a few comics, is he separated from Bruce or what?

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