15-06-23 | The Incredible Hulk is back! Marvel Comics are starting the series anew, with a fresh approach to the classic character. Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Nic Klein plunge the Hulk into a world of horror, as vintage Marvel monsters attempt to free the mysterious Mother of Horrors. Preview artwork reveals a longhaired and disillusioned Bruce Banner, marching towards his destiny. An exhilarating illustration, that mirrors the Hulk’s first appearance in 1962.
Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s pitch to readers is equally impressive: ‘We’re getting back to Stan Lee’s Frankenstein/Jekyll & Hyde inspirations for the character, and giving readers a proper monster book in the best, truest Hulk tradition. If you love ghost stories, Marvel monsters, old school ‘adventure of the month’ stories from books like Marvel Team-Up, you DO NOT want to miss this return of Incredible Hulk.’
The Incredible Hulk is more than a mere return to the Hulk’s roots, it seems. It consciously invokes the tales that inspired the original creators, taking cues from classic horror films and literature. The promise of vintage Marvel monsters and Team-Up style adventures could indicate continuity driven stories, which tend to bore quite quickly. But in the capable hands of Johnson & Klein, The Incredible Hulk might prove to be a unique take on the green goliath. Buy Hulk next week and judge for yourself.