Mark Waid And Leinil Yu Tackle The Hulk

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This week Marvel has been promoting their new Marvel NOW! titles using their Next Big Thing blog. Jason Aaron talked about Thor: God of Thunder yesterday, and today Mark Waid and artist Leinil Yu talked about the Indestructible Hulk.

Waid started off by stating that part of the book’s mission statement was to strengthen the Hulk’s ties to the Marvel universe. As part of that, he’ll be fighting some villains he doesn’t normally square off against and the Hulk will be popping up in some Marvel locales he doesn’t usually inhabit. Said Waid, “We want to bring Bruce Banner and the Hulk into the Marvel Universe tapestry. The easiest way to do that is to make Hulk an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Artist Leinil Yu talked about the possibilities Waid’s scripts allows him- “There’s a lot of room to do money shots and even the conversation pieces are well-paced and I’m really happy with how it’s turning out. Mark really knows his stuff and he seems to be able to read my mind.” Yu draws the Hulk in a way to show he’s a “force of nature” with giant muscles but is still fast and swift.

Waid also addressed the challenge he faces in trying to replicated the phenomenal success of his Daredevil run:

With Hulk, you don’t get to write witty banter. It’s harder to put him in danger. It’s a less street-level book. What occurred to me is the commonality between the two books is that like we’d done with Matt Murdock, Bruce Banner has realized the things he’s been doing in the recent past doesn’t work. … Both men have sort of reached that point in their life — and this is how you honor what’s gone on before without disavowing it — they look back on their histories and go, ‘I want to try something different because what I have right now is not working.’ That’s how the internal mechanism of the book works.

What Stan [Lee] and Jack [Kirby] did so beautifully when they created the Hulk is they created the world’s first persecuted superhero, the guy who every day of every year of every moment of his life was filled with angst and turmoil about his super powers. Bruce Banner was the typical morose, the seminal morose portrait superhero. Fifty years later, you can go pick up a bunch superhero comic at random and most of those characters are tortured and angst-ridden now. So, I thought, ‘Rather than Hulk continue in that same route, let’s try to turn left.’ Let’s try to make Hulk’s perspective and his powers unique again as it was back in the day.

You can check out more from Waid and Yu by reading the full transcript Comic Book Resources had up as the blog went on if you click here. Like I’ve said on many occasions, Waid’s Hulk is one of my most anticipated books along with Jason Aaron’s Thor. It sounds like Waid has a fresh take on Hulk and will take the character in some exciting new directions. As a parting not, Waid mentioned that the armor we’ve seen on Hulk in some of the Marvel NOW! art isn’t for Hulk, it’s for Banner. What do you think readers? Are you excited for some Indestructible Hulk?

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Source : CBR