Mark Waid has a hugely successful book with Daredevil and he has his new Thrillbent digital comics project to update weekly, if that wasn’t enough he is now taking on the Hulk as part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch. Jason Aaron is concluding his run with Stay Angry, which will shape some aspects of what Waid will do in the next stage of the Hulk’s story. Waid talked with Marvel.com about the new book.
No one’s seen Hulk or Banner for a few weeks, which has the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. really nervous. S.H.I.E.L.D., in particular, has gone to great lengths in recent years to make absolutely certain that it’s impossible for Banner to stay off the grid for any length of time—and yet, he’s vanished. And this literally affects the entire planet. Every country is on the equivalent of orange alert. Airport security is a nightmare. World leaders are ready to bunker down at a moment’s notice. Surveillance cameras are selling faster than they can be manufactured. Everyone’s tense. Maria Hill, in particular, has taken “Finding Banner” as her own personal mission, and when our story opens, she’s finally taking her first break in weeks. And as it happens, her timing sucks.
Aaron’s run has seen a new development between the Banner/Hulk relationship, Banner is the monster and Hulk has become the victim in a sense. The relationship between the two has become almost as important as all the smashing. Waid talks about how the relationship will change even further in Indestructible:
Different than we’ve seen in a long time, maybe ever. Again, we don’t want to give away too much, but our Bruce Banner is…evolved. Enlightened. He’s had an epiphany about his condition, and it affects everything. All I can say is that once upon a time, The Hulk was unique in comics because he viewed his condition as a curse, not a blessing; but now, 50 years later, a lot of super heroes feel that way. When I was most recently at DC that was the whole philosophy handed down editorially: that heroes should carry a great burden. Now, personally, I feel like if you can fly, then I don’t want to hear you whine about your problems, but I get it—that’s the “New Mindset.” So with Marvel’s permission, we’re taking The Hulk down a road that’s as unique for him as his persecution complex was in 1962.
The Hulk isn’t the only irradiated powerhouse roaming around the Marvel Universe. You have his children, She-Hulk, Betsy Ross is a Red Hulk, and of course you have Thunderbolt Ross and the Rulk. Waid said that we might be seeing some people pop up in his story. There might also be some non-Hulk characters as well. “Oh, Jeff and I have already been swapping scripts and hatching schemes. Stay tuned. There may also be a crossover at some point with a certain Man Without Fear. And if you dug the Avengers movie, you’ll love the Iron Man/Hulk interplay in issue #2.”
You can read the full Q&A with Waid where he talks about touching on some of the Avengers movie’s tone over at Marvel by clicking here. I for one am incredibly excited for Waid’s Hulk story. If he can capture even a third of the magic he has with the Daredevil run, this is going to be a book you want to pick up. Leinil Yu is also a great artist, and his Hulk cover has me doubly excited. What do you think about the new direction the green behemoth is going in? Are you excited about the new book?
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